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Is it the park-like grounds surrounding our Temecula, California headquarters? Or our customers and integrators who focus on environmentally sound products and services? Or the good example set by employees who recycle and bicycle to work?
Whatever the reason, Opto 22 has become increasingly aware of our impact on the environment and our responsibility to lessen that impact through conservation, recycling, and sustainability.
Last year we put into effect a comprehensive plan to reduce the amount of energy we use as a company. We used our own SNAP PAC System hardware and software to monitor and control water and energy use, and we made some sensible updates to our HVAC, irrigation, and physical plant systems. Over the last 12 months, we've reduced our energy usage by 29%.
That success has encouraged us to do more.
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More Videos for Learning
We've had a great response to our earlier OptoScreencasts featuring Alexi and another famous Opto 22 personality, Engineer/Trainer Kelly Downey.
The Watch section of our website now has several videos you'll want to check out. All are short—about 5 or 6 minutes—and many are helpful whether you're new to Opto 22 or have been a customer for years. Here they are:
Get Your "Shoot This, Opto!" Contest Entry in Soon
Don't forget about our "Shoot This, Opto!" contest. We want your help to choose the subject for our next online training video. Just tell us about any tips, tricks, or features in Opto products that you'd like to have explained.
If you come up with an idea we like and want to use, you'll get a free Opto 22 SNAP PAC polo shirt. And our June grand prize winner will be announced the first part of July, so be sure to get your entry in before the end of the month. You could win a Nintendo Wii gaming system or a digital camcorder!
To enter, just go to the Shoot This, Opto! forum in the OptoForums and submit your suggestion of a subject for our next OptoScreencast. The contest will continue in July and August, so you have even more time to think up winning ideas.
PAC Webcast Archive Now Available
If you missed Automation World's June 14th webcast, Applying Programmable Automation Controllers, you can now view the archived webcast.
Sponsored by Opto 22, the webcast showed how companies in varied fields are finding PACs increasingly useful for solving tough automation, remote monitoring, and data acquisition problems. Like PCs, PACs share data with computer networks, databases, and multi-vendor systems; like PLCs, they provide full I/O monitoring and control capabilities, and are suitable for rugged industrial environments.
Here are some highlights from the webcast:
- Alexi Gray from Opto 22 introduced programmable automation controller (PAC) technology and how it differs from PLCs.
- Wayne Vander Galien from Advanced Energy Control Systems discussed the use of PACs for energy control, to smooth out electrical demand and reduce energy costs.
- Ryan McCollum from IC Engineering talked about how his company met stringent cost, space, and feature requirements for their customer, using PACs with built-in PID loop control and high-density I/O.
- Jane Gerold from Automation World and webcast listeners asked questions about whether PAC programming requires an engineer, the suitability of PACs for smaller systems and for OEMs, and more.
View the archived webcast and additional links.
Let Me Give You a Tip...
Opto 22 customers are asking questions and getting some good product tips on the OptoForums. Back again after an extended vacation, the OptoForums provide a way for Opto customers to exchange ideas on how to use all kinds of Opto products.
While you're there, check out the other OptoForums, too. Feel free to chime in with your questions and help answer questions posed by others.
Remember that Forums give you help and advice primarily from other users of Opto products. For prompt, free product support directly from Opto 22, contact our Product Support Group: email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-835-6786 (local or international: 1-951-695-3080).