GRV-EPIC-PR1
Hover over image to zoom in

GRV-EPIC-PR1

$1,495.00 (USA and Canada only)

Availability: Call for Availability
On-the-rack processor for the groov EPIC system.

Production Specification

The GRV-EPIC-PR1 Edge Programmable Industrial Controller is an embedded Linux®, real-time controller with gateway functions. This groov EPIC® processor provides control, connectivity, data handling, and visualization at the edge of your network and is ideal for industrial internet of things (IIoT) applications or any automation application. 

Note: To download the latest software and firmware for your groov EPIC system, log into your My.Opto22 account.

Hardware features

The modern design of the GRV-EPIC-PR1 offers a condensed and sturdy unit that features a resistive-touch, high-resolution LCD display for I/O and network configuration, troubleshooting, and system HMI. The LCD display lifts to provide easy access to the power button, power supply connectors, network interfaces, ports, and status LEDs.

  • Dual, independent Gigabit Ethernet network interfaces enable the processor to maintain separate connections to your back office network and your controls network.
  • Dual USB ports extend the capabilities of the processor so it can handle serial communications, communicate with touchscreen monitors, or connect to your network with approved WiFi adapters.
  • HDMI port displays configuration and groov View HMI on an external large screen, which is also useful for OEM applications where the EPIC system is built into a machine.

Security

The groov EPIC processor includes security features to help you build a secure network:

For more information on these and other security features, see the groov EPIC Security Design and Best Practices Technical Note

Software included: groov Manage, PAC Project Basic, groov View, Node-RED, Ignition Edge®
  • Commission your system with web-based groov Manage, viewable by authorized users from the integrated touchscreen or from a computer or mobile device.
  • Program your EPIC using flowchart-based PAC Control with optional scripting. Or use any IEC 61131-3 compliant language (like Function Block Diagram and Ladder Diagram) with the CODESYS® Development System and runtime. Or build your own custom program with Secure Shell access (SSH).  
  • Easily build the HMI you need for all your systems, devices, and data using groov View. Then securely use your HMI locally on the EPIC's high-resolution touchscreen and from anywhere on any authorized computer or mobile device. You can also build a traditional Microsoft® Windows®-based HMI using PAC Display.
  • Create simple logic flows with Node-RED. Use pre-built nodes to exchange data with equipment, online services, and more.
  • Connect to Allen-Bradley® and Siemens® PLCs with the included OPC-UA drivers from Ignition Edge® (a product of Inductive Automation®) (requires a groov Ignition Edge license).
  • Efficiently exchange data for IIoT projects using MQTT communications with Sparkplug payload, also provided by Ignition Edge Onboard (requires a groov Ignition Edge license).

Mounting and I/O

The GRV-EPIC-PR1 mounts on a groov EPIC chassis with a power supply and up to 16 groov I/O modules (analog, discrete, and serial) for real-time control, monitoring, and data acquisition. The groov EPIC processor includes 96 proportional-integral-derivative loops for PID loop control.

Available I/O features include:

  • Channel-to-channel isolation
  • Counting
  • Latching
  • Quadrature counting
  • Pulse generation and measurement
  • Frequency and period measurement
  • TPO (time-proportional output)
  • Watchdog
  • Totalizing
  • Thermocouple linearization
  • Minimum/maximum values
  • Offset & gain
  • Scaling
  • Simple moving average
  • Output clamping
  • Average filter weight
  • Ramping
Features vary depending on the I/O module. See individual modules for details. 
Specification GRV-EPIC-PR1
Power requirements 7.1 W typical, 9.1 W max.
Memory 2 GB RAM 2 MB battery-backed RAM 6 GB user space
Backup battery for real-time clock BR2032
Screen size and resolution 5 inches diagonal; 480 x 800 pixels
Ethernet Communication (wired) Two independent 10/100/1000 Mbps RJ-45 connectors, each with a separate IP address (separate subnets)
USB USB 2.0 (two ports; can be used to connect serial devices via a USB-to-serial converter with an FTDI chipset)
HDMI Connector Type: A HDMI Specification: Version 1.4a Max. Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels at 60 Hz
Minimum PAC Project Version 10.000
Maximum Number of PAC Control Engine Charts 64
Torque, bottom hold-down screw 3.5 in-lb (0.4 N-m)
Torque, top hold-down screw 1.5 in-lb (0.17 N-m)
Operating temperature -20 °C to +70 °C
Storage temperature -40 °C to +85 °C
Humidity 5–95% RH
Agency approvals and certifications UL/cUL (Class 1 Div. 2), CE, ATEX (Category 3, Zone 2), RoHS, DFARS
Warranty 30 months

groov Products Comparison Chart

This two-page chart compares features of the following groov products:

groov EPIC Learning Center Data Sheet

The groov EPIC© Learning Center, part number GRV-EPIC-LC, is a fully functioning package of Opto 22 hardware and suite of software designed to help you learn how to use the groov© EPIC System, either through our free OptoU Online Training  (training.opto22.com) or from hands-on, instructor-led training in our Premium Factory Training classes. The Learning Center makes it easy to get started with your automation and IIoT projects with a Proof of Concept, demonstration, or prototype. 

groov EPIC Processor Data Sheet

This data sheet describes Opto 22's groov EPIC® processor, part number GRV-EPIC-PR1, an embedded Linux®, real-time controller with gateway functions. The processor is your central command to your groov EPIC system, which handles multiple control, automation, and data acquisition tasks involving digital and analog control, serial string handling, PID, and enterprise connectivity.

The processor includes a high-resolution color touchscreen display. It provides USB and HDMI ports so you can extend its capabilities, as well as dual independent Gigabit Ethernet network interfaces.

Software tools include groov Manage, groov View, PAC Project, Node-RED, Ignition Edge® from Inductive Automation® , and CODESYS® Runtime Engine from CODESYS. Full use of some software tools requires a license; the following licenses are also covered in this data sheet:

GRV-EPIC-PR1 Firmware Readme

Readme for the latest update to firmware for the groov EPIC processor, part number GRV-EPIC-PR1. Includes information on new features, enhancements, and bug fixes for each application in the processor: GRV-EPIC-PR1 firmware, PAC Control Engine, groov Manage, groov View, Node-RED, Ignition Edge®, and CODESYS® Runtime Engine.

To obtain the firmware file:

  1. Log into manage.groov.com. (Or log into your MyOpto account and click Manage groov in the navigation area on the left.)
  2. Click the Manage button.
  3. Find your processor in the list and click Manage.
  4. Click Download License File.
  5. Use the groov EPIC Update Checklist as a quick guide to install the update, or for more details, follow steps in the groov EPIC User's Guide

Getting Started with MQTT in groov Products

Opto 22’s groov EPIC® edge programmable industrial controller and groov RIO® edge I/O give you many ways to use MQTT data communications—via groov Manage, Node-RED, or Ignition Edge from Inductive Automation®. This guide helps you understand which approach is best for you and helps you get started fast.

groov EPIC User's Guide

This user's guide shows you how to assemble, initialize, configure, and maintain a groov EPIC system and use the groov EPIC processor, part number  GRV-EPIC-PR1. The guide explains how to mount the power supplies, processor, and groov I/O modules onto the groov chassis, the first configuration steps to take after you turn it on, and how to keep the system up-to-date through system updates.

groov View User's Guide

This user's guide shows you how to set up, configure, and use groov View to easily build an operator interface to monitor, control, and view data from your automation systems, equipment, databases, and software.

The web-based operator interface you build can be securely viewed by authorized users on any brand computer or mobile device.

groov View software is built into the following part numbers:
GRV-EPIC-PR1
GROOV-AR1-BASE
GROOV-SVR-WIN-BASE

Modbus/TCP Protocol Guide

This document shows you how to set up communication between Ethernet-based Modbus systems (using Modbus/TCP) and the groov EPIC system or SNAP PAC System.

In addition to groov I/O and the SNAP PAC System, the guide also covers Modbus/TCP communication with older Opto 22 Ethernet-based devices, including SNAP Ethernet, SNAP Simple, and SNAP Ultimate I/O; and E1 and E2 brain boards.

OptoMMP Protocol Guide

This guide is for programmers who are writing custom applications to communicate with Opto 22 memory-mapped devices. These devices include groov EPIC processors; groov RIO modules; SNAP PAC controllers and SNAP PAC EB and SB brains; G4EB2 brains; SNAP Ultimate, SNAP Ethernet, and SNAP Simple I/O; E1 and E2 brain boards, and SNAP-LCE controllers.

The guide describes how to use the IEEE 1394-based OptoMMP memory-mapped protocol for programming. The guide also contains the complete memory map for all Opto 22 memory-mapped devices.

NOTE: This guide replaced previous individual programming guides for SNAP Ultimate I/O (form #1312) and SNAP Ethernet I/O (form #1227). This document was formerly called the "SNAP Ethernet-Based I/O Units Protocols and Programming Guide."

Press Release: Opto 22 tackles large-scale IIoT with groov EPIC version 3.0 firmware

Enhancements in this new release for GRV-EPIC-PR1 include central user management, lower-cost licensing, and better remote troubleshooting. 

Case Study: American Metal Processing

American Metal Processing (AMP) is the largest rotary heat-treating facility in the U.S.A. When their PLCs began experiencing regular failures and the operating system of their HMI approached its end of life, president Grant Pinkos knew the company was "on borrowed time." 

In addition, the majority of system components were not integrated or automated beyond direct motor control. What was the best road to a modern system? How could the company achieve the data integrity, tracking, and connectivity required by their customers?

See how AMP approached their modernization project and improved reliability, alarming, operator control, traceability, and data logging.

White Paper: Building Industrial IoT from Edge to Cloud

Sharing process data has long been a goal of industrial automation, but traditional operational technology (OT) architectures are poor at scaling, priced prohibitively, and demand complex configuration and support. So how can we achieve the new, more ambitious goals of the industrial internet of things (IIoT)?

Read this white paper to see how next-generation distributed I/O and control are opening new possibilities for connected infrastructure.

Letter of Conformity for groov EPIC

This Letter of Conformity is provided to support Declaration of Conformity (GRV-EPIC), form 2261.

Technical Note: groov EPIC Update Checklist

This basic checklist gives a high-level view of steps for updating your groov EPIC processor with new firmware. If you've updated your GRV-EPIC-PR1 before, the checklist may be all you need; but for any step you don't quite remember, be sure to check the groov EPIC User's Guide for details. 

Two checklists are included: one if your EPIC processor is currently at version 1.3.2 or lower, and another if it is at version 1.4.0 or higher. 

See instructions for downloading the latest firmware for GRV-EPIC-PR1. 

Installing & Configuring Samba on groov EPIC Technical Note

This technical note shows you how to install Samba on your groov EPIC processor. Samba is free software that provides the application necessary to use the SMB/CIFS protocol, which supports network mapping of hard drive areas.

This tech note is only for advanced developers who are familiar with Linux® shell commands. A Secure Shell license, part number GROOV-LIC-SHELL, is required. Please note the limitations on product support if you decide to use a Shell license.  

Installing & Configuring MariaDB Database Server on groov EPIC Technical Note

This technical note shows you how to install MariaDB, a small, lightweight, open-source database server, on your groov EPIC processor.

This tech note is only for advanced developers who are familiar with both Linux® shell commands and database administration. A Secure Shell license, part number GROOV-LIC-SHELL, is required. Please note the limitations on product support if you decide to use a Shell license.  

Case Study: netDNA Automates Water Management

In the oil and gas industry, technological advances like hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and horizontal drilling have caused a boom in exploration and drilling. The initial “gold rush” approach to oil and gas development focused on people resources, with most work done manually.

But now companies are looking to add automation in the field, especially for water pumping and treatment, key ingredients in successful unconventional oil and natural gas production. In an industry with remote, widely separated, and changeable operations, automation and data communications aren't easy. 

In this case study, read how netDNA automated their customer's trailer-based pumping units and provided data communications, using groov EPIC edge programmable industrial controllers and I/O, plus IIoT-friendly technologies like Node-RED and MQTT.

Press Release: Opto 22 Releases groov EPIC White Paper

This new white paper shows how an edge programmable industrial controller (EPIC) can simplify architecture, reduce costs, and increase security for IIoT and other data-intensive applications.

groov EPIC Security Design and Best Practices Technical Note

Opto 22’s groov EPIC® system was designed from the ground up to help you build a secure system for gathering, processing, and sharing useful data from industrial equipment.

This technical note describes the security features built into groov EPIC and lists best practices for setting up a secure groov EPIC system.

White Paper: Meet the Future: Edge Programmable Industrial Controllers

For today's controls engineers, new demands to use and share data present three main challenges: security, complexity, and expense. These IIoT or data-intensive automation applications typically require many steps and a lot of middleware: hardware, drivers, parsers, and custom software. Time-consuming to set up, difficult to maintain and change, they also open major security concerns.

See how a new kind of industrial controller—an edge programmable industrial controller, or EPIC—can simplify and secure automation and IIoT projects, while reducing cost and complexity. 

Press Release: Opto 22’s groov EPIC System Adds IEC 61131-3 Programming Options

A free software upgrade adds standard IEC 61131-3 programming methods, increasing options available to controls engineers for ease of use and versatility.

Case Study: FCI Watermakers

Question: What do a yacht owner, an island resort, and a Las Vegas chef have in common?
Answer: They all need a reliable source of good fresh water—and they all count on FCI Watermakers to
provide it.

Read this case study to see how FCI Watermakers, an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), designs large-scale seawater reverse osmosis and other water systems to provide the water quality their customers need. Hint: They use Opto 22's groov EPIC (edge programmable industrial controller) and I/O to control processes within their systems and provide a custom HMI viewable both locally and remotely.

Declaration of Conformity (groov EPIC and groov RIO)

This document is the Manufacturer's Declaration of Conformity for the products listed herein, in accordance with European, international, and/or national standards and regulations.

Edge Computing in Industrial Automation

Successful industrial internet of things (IIoT) applications send data from systems that monitor and control the physical world to information technology (IT) data processing systems. There the data can be analyzed and the results used to improve business capabilities: better inventory management, better predictive maintenance, reduced asset downtime, and much more.

But to achieve these IIoT goals, we need to solve 3 problems: how to connect the physical world to the IT world, how to handle the huge masses of data that physical systems produce, and how to efficiently structure the IIoT.

This white paper explores these problems and how edge computing and architectural change can help solve them.

 

 

Opto 22 Mobile Apps for Automation

Opto 22 offers two types of mobile apps for use in automation:

  • Diagnostic and commissioning apps for Opto 22 SNAP I/O and SNAP PAC Systems: Opto iPAC and Opto aPAC.
  • Monitoring and controlling apps for almost any automation system or equipment from any manufacturer: groov View for iOS and groov View for Android.

This technical note compares these two types of apps and describes the best ways to use each.

Setting Up groov View Mobile Apps Technical Note

Opto 22's free groov View apps for iOS and Android allow you to use View for one or more groov EPIC processors, groov Boxes, and groov Servers for Windows on your smartphone or tablet in full-screen mode, without the address bar, toolbars, and other things you see in a browser. To get a groov View app for your mobile device, go to your app store and search for “groov View.”

This technical note describes how to set up the groov View App on your mobile device.

Communication Tools & Protocols for Opto 22 Products Technical Note

This technical note describes the networking tools and protocols that are compatible with Opto 22 products for communication with a wide variety of software and systems.

Comparison of PLCs and Ladder Logic with Opto 22 Hardware and Software

Opto 22 controllers like the groov EPIC edge programmable industrial controller and SNAP PACs (programmable automation controllers) are fundamentally different from PLCs (programmable logic controllers). This technical note explains the differences and compares automation systems built with them, in terms of efficiency, scalability, capabilities, programming, and cost.   

GRV-EPIC-PR1 Firmware

The installation file (which you get from manage.groov.com) contains all the firmware and software for the groov EPIC processor (GRV-EPIC-PR1). To find out what's included in the current release and past releases, check the GRV-EPIC-PR1 Firmware Readme

To obtain the file:

  1. Log into manage.groov.com. (Or log into your MyOpto account and click Manage groov in the navigation area on the left.)
  2. Click the Manage button.
  3. Find your processor in the list and click Manage.
  4. Click Download License File.
  5. Use the groov EPIC Update Checklist as a quick guide to install the update, or for more details, follow steps in the groov EPIC User's Guide

CAD Drawing: GRV-EPIC-PR1

This CAD file includes drawings in a variety of file formats (pdf, dwg, stp) for the GRV-EPIC-PR1 processor.

CAD Drawings: groov EPIC System

This ZIP file contains drawings in a variety of file formats for groov EPIC products, including the groov EPIC processor, chassis, groov I/O modules, power supplies, and more, all in one download.

NOTE: This is a very large file (55+ MB) and may take awhile to download. If this file is too large or you need drawings only for a specific product, you may prefer the following:

Video: Introducing groov EPIC

This is EPIC! It's the groov EPIC System. Your best choice for any industrial internet of things (IIoT) or automation application. groov EPIC® gives you guaranteed-for-life I/O, a flexible Linux®-based controller with gateway functions, high-resolution touchscreen, two independent network interfaces, USB and HDMI ports, and software including control programming, groov View for device-independent HMI, Node-RED for simple data flows, and Ignition Edge® for OPC-UA drivers and MQTT/Sparkplug communications—and more.

See groov EPIC System for more information.

Video: Webinar: Introducing groov EPIC

Benson Hougland, Vice President of Marketing, introduces groov EPIC - the world's first Edge Programmable Industrial Control system.

In this webinar; learn all about groov EPIC's unique hardware and software, see demos of groov EPIC's hardware and software in action and explore problem solving scenarios and outcomes.

See groov EPIC System for more information.

 

Video: Webinar - Why groov EPIC?

The cutting edge technology that’s part of the groov EPIC (Edge Programmable Industrial Controller) system is crucial for IIoT and automation projects in today’s world. With the convergence of OT and IT in recent years, it’s important to understand how groov EPIC is bridging the gap between these operational and information technologies. 

This webinar is the first in a multi-part series describing why groov EPIC was developed for the future of automation and IIoT.