The Challenge of the IIoT

glass products factoryGetting data from the edge of the network—from the sensors and actuators in factories, buildings, and remote sites—to the software and people who need to use it is hard. It involves:

  • Complexity
  • Security 
  • Cost

Field devices understand electrical signals, but computers and mobile devices don't. Most control systems are proprietary or specific to automation—EtherNet/IP, Modbus, Profibus, serial, OPC. But computers and mobile devices use standard Ethernet or WiFi networks and open protocols like TCP/IP, HTTP/HTTPS, JSON. 

It takes a chain of middleware to translate data between these systems and move it where you want it. Hardware, drivers, parsers, and custom software are costly to purchase, install, and maintain, and every link in the chain opens security concerns.

For example, here's a typical IIoT setup:

IIoT problem: too much middleware

We need a simpler way. We need an EPIC improvement—an Edge Programmable Industrial Controller. Opto 22's groov EPIC eliminates middleware and shrinks the steps to get the data we need:

IIoT solution: groov EPIC

How does groov EPIC solve the challenge?

An edge programmable industrial controller, groov EPIC is much more than a PLC or a PAC. We designed it from the ground up as both a reliable real-time industrial controller and a processor to collect, process, display, and exchange data. 

groov EPIC talks directly to field devices, other control systems, databases, cloud services, and a lot more. EPIC helps solve the challenges of complexity, security, and cost.

See how groov EPIC fits in your system architecture

“Some engine and pump companies are hungry for automation. Some have systems, but they don’t communicate with each other. EPIC makes them talk.”

- Dan Arbeau, CEO, netDNA (Oil & Gas)

Order today!    
GRV-EPIC-PR1  -  On-the-rack processor for the groov EPIC system, with Ignition 7
GRV-EPIC-PR2  -  On-the-rack processor for the groov EPIC system, with increased RAM & storage and Ignition 8

Other Resources

  Webinar: Why groov EPIC?

Learn how Opto 22 developed groov EPIC to meet your automation needs.

Webinar: Why groov EPIC? Learn how the cutting edge technology that’s part of the groov EPIC system is crucial for IIoT and automation projects in today’s world. We also demonstrate how quick and easy it is to put together the chassis, power supply, EPIC processor, and I/O. This webinar is one of a multi-part series describing why groov EPIC was developed for the future of automation and the IIoT.