Need to bring field device data into on-premises or cloud applications? 

 

Are you:

  • Monitoring remote assets?
  • Acquiring data for analysis or regulatory purposes?
  • Controlling standalone equipment and devices? 
  • Creating process visualization for operators and supervisors?

Now you can get the data you need where you need it, easily and affordably, with groov RIO. 

No PLCs, PCs, or middleware required. 

What is groov RIO?

groov RIO is an independent, intelligent Ethernet-based I/O module designed for IIoT and automation applications. It solves two main problems with most remote I/O today:

  • First, specifying all the required components (rack, power supply, bus coupler, module types, and more) is time-consuming, difficult, and requires special skills. 
  • Second, communicating data among field devices, control systems, business applications, and cloud services is complex and costly, requiring PLCs, custom programming, and other expensive middleware.

Logging temperature to a database is too complex:
groov RIO revolutionizes remote I/O by solving both problems:

  • One part number. A single device provides sensing and control for 12 different signal types via built-in multifunction, multi-signal I/O channels, and packages it together with an intelligent I/O processor, power over Ethernet, two mounting options with no rack or chassis, and software—in a compact industrial housing. 
  • Built-in processing and communication. Embedded web-based configuration, flow logic software, efficient data communication methods like MQTT, and multiple operations technology (OT) and information technology (IT) protocols simplify any application.

Logging temperature to a database is simplified with groov RIO:

groov RIO is Edge I/O

These features make groov RIO a new kind of I/O product—edge I/O—that reduces IIoT complexity. Edge I/O and edge computing both offer traditional industrial functions at the edge of your network, which is the source of sersionnsor and equipment data, but they also add the ability to easily connect to data consumers on a computer network or over the internet. Learn more about edge I/O.

Edge computing products like Opto 22’s groov EPIC edge programmable industrial controller are proving to be a scalable, efficient model for adding IoT connectivity to industrial applications. Now groov RIO brings that same kind of connectivity to the I/O level, without a controller, and simplifies the current complexity of IIoT applications. 
 

IIoT projects are too complex


With today’s connectivity and technical capabilities, it seems like simple IIoT applications should be simple to achieve. 

We can do IIoT projects now, but without edge I/O, it’s too hard: 
  • First, you—or someone you hire—needs to specify and procure all the components of an I/O or PLC system that will work with the field signals you have.
  • Then you install an enclosure for the PLC and I/O, assemble them, and supply power.
  • Next, you install the sensors and actuators and connect them to channels on I/O modules mounted on the PLC rack.
  • Then you use the vendor’s proprietary software to program the PLC, configure the channels for the correct signal types, and acquire and log the I/O data.
  • Next, you need a PC with software that can read the PLC’s memory and translate the logged data into a format understood by the destination software, service, or system you’re sending the data to. 
  • Finally, some software needs to log into the destination and post the data. And if the destination isn’t on premises, or in the cloud somewhere that’s accessible, good luck!

groov RIO gets the data now. No PLC, no PC, no middleware


Edge I/O avoids complexity and the time and money costs that go with it. With groov RIO, you can:
  • Place the unit almost anywhere for remote I/O and data communications. It’s UL Hazardous Locations approved and ATEX compliant, DIN-rail or panel mounted, and may not even need an enclosure
  • Supply power to groov RIO and field I/O through the ETH1 network interface using Power over Ethernet. Or connect a 10-32 VDC power supply.
  • Connect your own Wi-Fi adapter, USB memory stick for local data storage (up to 32 GB), or USB-to-serial adapter.
  • Configure the flexible multi-signal, multifunction I/O channels (Thousands of Field I/O Combinations?) from any device with a web browser.
  • Enable MQTT on RIO to securely and efficiently send data—as Sparkplug-B or string payloads—to MQTT brokers on premises or in the cloud. Other devices and software can subscribe to the data as needed. 
  • Create simple data flows with built-in Node-RED to send data to cloud services, databases, other I/O channels, and APIs through pre-built nodes.

Get the data you need, where you need it, now.
Get groov RIO.


Explore groov RIO field I/O Combinations (thousands of them!).
See the groov RIO data sheet.
Download the groov RIO product brochure.
 

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Questions? Contact an Opto 22 engineer.

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