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groov Case Study: Restaurant Controls Systems Onsite and by Phone

groov case study: restaurant systems control

Like most restaurants, That Bar-B-Q Place has a wide variety of systems worth automating, from refrigeration to fire alarms to security to TV menus—even to the barbecue smokers nicknamed "Jake" and "Elwood," shown at right.

But this restaurant also has an advantage: owner Dave Brosseau is an experienced systems integrator. So when he wanted to give his staff the ability to monitor and control systems from inside the restaurant or in some cases remotely, he took a look at groov.

See how Brosseau put together the operator interface he needed.
Read the groov case study.

Small Business Energy Conference

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Would your business like to reduce costs, increase profits, and become more sustainable at the same time?

You don't have to choose between being profitable and being green. There are ways to achieve both, and the Sustainability and Small Business Summit in Arlington, VA, later this month is the place to learn how.

The Summit will show you best practices for reducing energy and water use, improving logistics, and minimizing waste in your business.

The Summit includes a series of panel discussions by experts from Verizon, representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Small Business Administration (Region III), and—yes, Arun Sinha from Opto 22.

Come hear what Arun and others on the "Tools to Go Green" panel have to say about improving your bottom line.

What: Sustainability and Small Business Summit
When: Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (EDT)
Where: Verizon Offices, 1101 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

Register now.

Learn How To Build Mobile Interfaces (in 30 Minutes)

groov mobile interface on a smartphone

Do you need to monitor or control your equipment or system using a tablet or smartphone?

Then join us for a new groov webinar and learn how to build a mobile interface to do just that. With groov, building a mobile interface is simple, and you can use your interface on virtually any mobile device, no matter its size or brand.

In this webinar you will:

  • Find out which mobile devices are supported by groov
  • See the difference between desktop and handheld view
  • Learn best practices for designing mobile views
  • Learn how to lock down iOS mobile devices so they show only your groov screens (for example, to be an off-the-shelf interface for your equipment)

How to Build Mobile Interfaces for Industrial Applications with groov
Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 9:00-9:30 a.m. PDT

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Tech Tip: When Someone Else Needs to Load a PAC Control Strategy

If you're creating or updating a PAC Control strategy and need to have other people at other locations download that strategy to a control engine, how do you do it?

This situation is common for system integrators, who may modify a strategy and then have the client load it. An engineer who develops a strategy for remote locations may also need to have local technicians download it. Here's how to make it happen.

Step 1: Set up Saving to Flash and Autorun

In most cases you will want the downloaded strategy to be saved to flash memory and to start automatically (autorun) when power is cycled to the control engine.

  1. When you have finished the strategy and are in Configure mode, choose File > Strategy Options.
  2. In the Strategy Options dialog box, click the Download tab. Check Save strategy to flash memory after download and check Set autorun flag after download. Click OK.

This information becomes part of the download file.

Step 2: Create the Control Engine Download (.cdf ) File

The download file you create contains everything PAC Control would download, including .per, .inc, and .crn files, control engine-specific files, and initialization information. The file is built for a specific control engine but can also be downloaded to other similar control engines.

With the strategy open in PAC Control in Configure mode, right-click the name of the control engine in the Strategy Tree and choose Compile Control Engine Download File from the pop-up menu.

The file is created in the same folder as the strategy, with a .cdf extension and a filename consisting of the strategy's name and the control engine's name (for example, MyStrategy.MyEngine.cdf).

Step 3: Determine Installation Method at the Remote Location

The client or technician at the remote location can download the .cdf file to a SNAP PAC controller using PAC Terminal or the PC's command line interface with a batch file you've made. (Another option is to send a microSD card you've prepared following steps in the controller user's guide. However, the cards are tiny and difficult to label to make sure your end user has the right card for the right controller.)

PAC Terminal—This is the easiest method and is the way to go if you are comfortable with your client/technician. (It's possible in PAC Terminal to change or delete a controller or clear its memory.)

If you choose the PAC Terminal method, all you do is email the .cdf file to your end user. He does the following:

  1. Open PAC Terminal.
  2. Highlight the correct controller in the list.
  3. Choose File > Download Control Engine Download File (CDF). Browse to the .cdf file and click Download.

Command lines & batch file—If you don't want your client/technician to use PAC Terminal, you'll need to use command lines and create a batch file to download the .cdf. PAC Terminal must be present on the PC at the remote site; you can either install it there or send specific files with the .cdf and batch file.

If you choose the command line/batch file method, you'll zip up the required files and send them to your end user, who will unzip them and run the batch file. Note that he will need to supply the IP address of the controller during the download process.

For details on command line options and using this method, see "Downloading without using PAC Control" in Chapter 7 of the PAC Control User's Guide and this OptoForum post.

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