Opto 22

43044 Business Park Drive, Temecula, CA 92590 USA
Local & outside the USA:(951) 695-3000
Toll-Free within the USA:(800) 321-6786
Fax: (951) 695-3095
Email: sales@opto22.com

Product Review: Which groov?

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You've heard a lot from us about groov, Opto 22's easy-to-use tool for building and using mobile operator interfaces.

But you may be wondering which groov is right for you. Let's compare a few choices.

groov Box or groov Server?

groov software and the operator interfaces you build are served in one of two ways: from a hardware appliance (the groov Box) or from a Microsoft Windows computer (groov Server for Windows). Here's how to decide which one you need.

Choose the groov Box (GROOV-AT1) if:

  • You don't want to have to install any software.
  • You need an industrially hardened unit for this job. (See Specifications.)
  • You don't want to put a Windows computer on your network (or don't have one that's compatible with groov Server).
  • You just want to plug in an appliance and be ready to roll.
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Choose groov Server (GROOV-SVR-WIN) if:

  • You're a machine builder or OEM and you already have a compatible Windows PC in your machine. Just install groov Server on it and you're ready. (See compatible Windows versions.)
  • Your IT Department doesn't want you to put any hardware on your network, but they're OK with using a Windows server.
  • You already use a Windows-based HMI (PAC Display or others) and want to add groov to that PC.
  • You’re using a SoftPAC software-based controller or other PC-based control and want to add groov to the same PC.

groov or groov SNAP?

With groov, you can build mobile operator interfaces for an amazing variety of systems and equipment—industrial automation, building automation, energy, and more. See the list of systems you can use with groov and KEPServerEX, the tag server we recommend.

But if you need an interface just for Opto 22's SNAP PAC System and OptoEMU Sensor energy monitoring units, choose the SNAP-only groov. It's less expensive, and of course you can upgrade later if you need to.

Questions? Contact your local Opto 22 distributor (U.S./Canada or International) or a Pre-Sales engineer:
Phone: 800-321-6786 or 951-695-3000
Email: systemseng@opto22.com

Free One-day SNAP PAC System Training from ACS

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If you're near Georgia or Tennessee, check out Introduction to the SNAP PAC System, a one-day class taught by Advanced Control Solutions (ACS) Engineer/OptoCertified Trainer Sean O'Rourke and Opto 22 Engineer Dan White.

You'll learn to configure I/O, program control strategies, and develop HMI (human-machine interface) screens with SNAP PAC programmable automation controllers, PAC Project automation software, and groov.

You'll also see how to build and deploy an operator interface to an Allen-Bradley PLC using groov. groov makes it simple to build mobile operator interfaces to monitor and control virtually any automation system—and securely use those interfaces on just about any smartphone or tablet.

These classes are free, but space is limited. For more information or to register:

Marietta, Georgia
Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Come and join us for lunch
Register now

Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Come and join us for lunch
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Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo

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Join us next week in Florida for the Food Automation & Manufacturing Expo.

Check out the latest trends and technologies in manufacturing, automation, sustainability, and food safety. Conference topics include understanding the business value of automation and turning data into action for continuous improvement.

Stop by Expo booth 102 and see how groov can help you take your automation systems mobile for greater efficiency. A groov mobile interface can speed equipment commissioning and maintenance, and provide key data when and where you need it.

Opto 22's Dan White will be on hand to demonstrate groov and answer all your questions.

Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo
Conference: April 6-9; Expo: April 7-8, 2014
Where: Westin Beach Resort & Spa, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Register now

Tech Tip: Updating Selected I/O Values


Suppose you want to write multiple values to points on an I/O unit in your SNAP PAC System. But you don't want to write them all, just the ones that have changed.

Of course PAC Control, with its nearly 450 commands (even more in PAC Control Pro), gives you several ways to do this.

In a recent OptoForum post, our Director of Training Mary St. John shows us some simple methods and some more complex ones.

The method you use will depend on whether you're writing to digital or analog points and exactly how you'd like to handle it.

Read the post, Update Only Selected Outputs.


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