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Off-the-Shelf Mobile in Automation? 4 Considerations

White paper: Using COTS Mobile in Industrial Automation

If you see someone using an Apple iPad or a Samsung Galaxy at an industrial site, what's your reaction?

Whether you think it's "Russian roulette" or the "new normal," you'll want to read our new white paper. It takes a good look at the pros and cons of using commercial, off-the-shelf smartphones and tablets to monitor and control automation systems and equipment.

And the paper goes into depth on four factors you need to consider now—because if you haven't already seen mobile devices used in your company, you're likely to soon. The four factors are:

  • Environment
  • Safety
  • Security
  • Connectivity

Read the white paper: Using Commercial Off-the-Shelf Mobile Devices in Industrial Automation: "Russian Roulette" or the "New Normal"?

CSIA Next Week in Sunny San Diego

CSIA 2014 Executive Conference logo

You'll find a lot to see and learn at the Control System Integrators Association's 2014 Executive Conference.

From economic impacts on system integrators, to remote device connectivity and teasing useful information out of big data, to cybersecurity, to how to hire and keep the best engineers, CSIA will bring you up to date with industry trends and best practices.

Be sure to see Opto 22's Matt Newton and Benson Hougland at the show. They'll be demonstrating groov mobile interfaces for your automation systems.

Opto 22 is happy to be a platinum sponsor of CSIA.

CSIA 2014 Executive Conference
When: April 23-26, 2014
Where: Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, California
More information: CSIA 2014

groov Featured at Hannover Messe

Opto 22's Gerhard Kreiling demonstrates groov at Hannover Messe

More than 180,000 visitors from over 100 nations came to Hannover Messe 2014 to explore the future of industry at the world's leading industrial tradeshow—and to see groov, Opto 22's tool for easily building and viewing your automation system on your mobile device.

With the theme of Integrated Industry – Next Steps, this year's trade fair focused on methods and products for intelligent, self-organizing factories—often called Industry 4.0.

Opto 22's Gerhard Kreiling demonstrated groov to an interested stream of engineers, technicians, and executives.

Attendees in Hannover heard a wide variety of speakers from companies, institutions, and countries around the globe and saw the latest factory and energy technology from 5,000 exhibitors. Exhibitors included industrial automation, energy and environmental engineering, industrial subcontracting, and research & development organizations.

Read about groov at Hannover Messe.

Missed this year? Put it on your calendar for 2015. The next Hannover Messe will be 13 to 17 April 2015.

Tech Tip: Static vs. Dynamic Tags in groov

groov mobile operator interface

To build a mobile user interface in groov, you drag and drop pre-built gadgets—like gauges, switches, and indicators—onto the screen. Then you tag each one with an input, an output, a variable, or another tag from your tag server.

If you're building a groov interface for an Opto 22 SNAP PAC System, your tag server is the tag database in PAC Control.

If you're building an interface for automation systems or equipment other than Opto 22's SNAP PAC System, however, you'll need an OPC-UA tag server, like Kepware Technologies' KEPServerEX.

Your OPC-UA server gives you a choice of how to configure your tags:

  • Within the server—Tags configured in the server are called static tags, because they stay in the server so they're available for all clients to use.
  • Within the client—Tags configured in the client are called dynamic tags, because they are added to the server during runtime when the client connects.

The method you choose will depend on your server, your clients, and the nature of your application.

  • Static tags are useful when multiple clients need to use them, or if the client makes it easy to import tags from the server.
  • Dynamic tags are useful when only one client is likely to use the tag, or if you have no way to easily import static tags from the server into the client.

groov supports both static and dynamic tags, so you can set up tags in whatever way is best for your application. Note that the type of tag has no effect on updating tag values; all tags are updated once per second.

  • When you add an OPC-UA server in groov, groov shows you the controller's static tags in the server's hierarchy, so you can browse them in the tree and choose the tag you need.
  • You can also configure dynamic tags within groov. If you only want to use a few tags, it may be easier to find them this way than by scrolling through the tag tree in the server.

Important: We've recently changed how tags are accessed in groov, so make sure you have the most current groov update from manage.groov.com.

If you don't have a tag server already in place, we recommend the KEPServerEX communication platform. We've tested KEPServerEX with groov, and Kepware has developed hundreds of device drivers, so you can use tags from a wide variety of industrial automation systems, building automation systems, industrial databases, and more.

For more about using static and dynamic tags in groov, see the groov User's Guide.

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