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See SNAP PAC System Components in New Video

Opto 22 Office Opens in Shanghai

Hot Tips from PSG: I/O Enabler Sample Strategies

SNAP PAC System Classes in Massachusetts

See SNAP PAC System Components in New Video

SNAP PAC System Video

You've heard us say that our SNAP PAC System makes it easier to design, specify, install, and maintain your automation application.

In our latest video, Engineer Alexi Beck Gray shows you why that's true. With a limited number of components that all work together, the SNAP PAC System simplifies your job.

  • PAC Project software offers both flowcharting and scripting for control programming, plus a capable HMI (both free), with OPC server and database connectivity software optional. You never have to retype tags or worry about compatibility.
  • SNAP PAC programmable automation controllers are far more capable than traditional PLCs, adding built-in communications, serial data, string handling, and more.
  • Brains handle tasks like thermocouple linearization, latching, and PID loop control automatically at the I/O level, leaving the controller free to supervise.
  • And lifetime guaranteed, industrially hardened Opto 22 SNAP I/O is famous worldwide.

By the way, if this video seems familiar, it's because it's a remake of our very first OptoVideo. With our improved filmmaking skills and the new SNAP TEX cables and breakout boards to talk about, we decided to update the old SNAP PAC System video. Hope you like it.

Watch the SNAP PAC System video.

Opto 22 Office Opens in Shanghai

Surge YuWith technology booming in China, we've just opened an office in Shanghai under the leadership of newly hired Chief Representative Surge Yu, shown here at a PAC Summit.

The new office will pursue business opportunities in mainland China and assist Opto 22’s Chinese distributor, APT, in servicing and supporting Opto 22 customers there.

We're fortunate to have Surge Yu on board. Formerly Technical Marketing Engineer at National Instruments in China, he holds a B.E. in Electrical Engineering and an M.E. in Electronics Science from prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing. With automation expertise in water, power, semiconductor, and machine building, and extensive experience with programmable automation controllers (PACs), Surge brings a broad range of skills.

As one of his first accomplishments, Surge recently completed a series of PAC Summits through several cities in China.

Hot Tips from PSG: I/O Enabler Sample Strategies

PAC Control

Opto 22's Product Support Group (PSG) develops some helpful tips as they work with customers who contact them for free product support.

Here's a new PAC Control sample strategy, this one showing you how to automatically recover communication to any I/O unit that temporarily goes offline (that is, has communications disabled) for any reason. I/O units typically go offline if power is interrupted, for example due to lightning or an electrical fault in the plant.

As with all sample strategies, you can use this as a start for building your own strategy or incorporate the sample logic into an existing strategy. Three samples are available, depending on the I/O processors your application supports:

  1. For SNAP PAC brains (EB and SB series), R-series controllers, and legacy Ethernet brains such as SNAP Ultimate and SNAP Ethernet. This sample works with either PAC Project Basic or Pro, versions R8.0f or newer.
  2. For mistic multifunction brains (as well as SNAP PAC and legacy Ethernet brains). This second sample requires PAC Project Professional version 8.0f or newer.
  3. For mistic simple and remote simple I/O units (as well as SNAP PAC, legacy Ethernet, and mistic multifunction). This sample requires PAC Control Pro, version R8.2d or newer.

Questions? Contact Opto 22 Product Support.

SNAP PAC System Classes in Massachusetts

Martindale Associates logoIf you're near Bradford, Massachusetts, here are two four-day, hands-on SNAP PAC System classes offered by OptoPartner Martindale Associates—one next week and one in November.

Martindale is an Opto 22 Certified Trainer. If you can't come to free training at Opto 22 headquarters in California, a Certified Trainer near you can provide the training you need.

Dates and details:

September 15-18, 2008, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Lunch is included.
Or November 10-15, 2008, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Lunch included.
Cost: $600 per person ($1000 if hardware is not purchased through Martindale Associates)
Limited to six (6) people per class
Description: Complete hands-on introduction to PAC Project automation software, SNAP PAC controllers, and SNAP I/O.

To register, contact Martindale Associates:
Phone: 978-372-2120 or toll-free (in the U.S.): 1-800-447-1191
Email: training@martindaleassoc.com
Location: 65 Avco Road, Unit M, Ward Hill Industrial Park, Bradford, MA 01835


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