Opto 22 releases latest groov EPIC, RIO models with Ignition 8 onboard
By DE StaffAutomation Machine Building
New models provide more memory and storage to support the latest releases from Inductive Automation.
Opto 22 announced its refreshed groov models have been designed to run the latest version of Inductive Automation’s Ignition IIoT/SCADA platform. The groov EPIC processor, GRV-EPIC-PR2 (PR2), and groov RIO edge I/O module, GRV-R7-MM2001-10 (MM2), both ship with Ignition Edge 8.1 pre-installed and include expanded memory and storage to support future versions.
According to the company, these releases target the growing market of edge-oriented applications like operational equipment effectiveness (OEE), predictive maintenance (PdM), remote condition-based monitoring (CbM), and digital transformation/IIoT.
“The relationship between Opto 22 and Inductive Automation has always been a natural fit, and the popularity of Ignition Edge on groov EPIC clearly demonstrates that,” said Benson Hougland, VP of marketing and product strategy at Opto 22. “With Ignition Edge 8, Inductive has made it even easier to design robust edge-of-network systems, so we doubled down on our commitment to the platform with new models that let our customers in the Ignition community take full advantage of its features.”
The groov EPIC edge controller uses Ignition to provide embedded OPC UA and MQTT/Sparkplug B communication, as well as optional features like database transaction management and manufacturing execution system (MES) operations. With an Ignition Edge 8 license, Inductive Automation includes all of its OPC UA drivers, allows external client access to the embedded OPC UA server, and introduces mobile HMI and web scripting options.
The groov EPIC PR2 processor comes with more than double the storage capacity of the original PR1, and nearly double the RAM but is fully compatible with existing groov EPIC I/O, power supply, and chassis options. The groov RIO MM2 module introduces Ignition support and also provides nearly double the memory and storage of its predecessor. With Ignition onboard, it can function as a gateway to PLCs and other third-party devices as well as send a variety of traditional I/O signals directly to on-premises and cloud-based Ignition servers, the company says.