Opto 22’s groov EPIC Learning Center Delivers Hands-On Training

March 29, 2019

Opto 22 announces availability of the groov EPIC® Learning Center, comprehensive hardware and software bench top system for learning and development. Thisfully operational package lets engineers, technicians, and developers initialize, configure and program the control, visualization and communication aspects of their groov EPIC systems. The Learning Center is an ideal companion for Opto 22’s free online self-guided groov EPIC learning modules, and it includes two seats for premium on-site training at company headquarters in Temecula, California.

Hardware in the Learning Center includes a groov EPIC processor, power supplyfour-position chassis, DC input and output modules, a temperature input module and an analog input module. Hardware is assembled on a desktop operator load panel accessorized with two illuminated pushbuttons, a potentiometer, a temperature probe, a Sonalert alarm and a red/blue/green LED indicator. All of this is delivered in a robustPelican™ case, and it even comes with a screwdriver for releasing and tightening terminal connectors.


The groov EPIC processor is supplied pre-loaded with software packages enabling a wide range of functionality.

•    groov Managetconfigure, commission and troubleshoot the processor

•    PAC Control Engine—a real-time control engine to run flowchart-based control programs

•    CODESYS Runtime Engine—a real-time control engine to run IEC-61131-3 compatible control programs

•    groov Viewto build and view mobile and browser-based operator interfaces

•    Ignition Edge®—from Inductive Automation®, provides driverto PLCs

•    MQTT with Sparkplug—a secure, bi-directional, lightweight publish/subscribe protocol

•    Node-RED—an open-source, multi-platform IIoT tool tconnect databases, cloud apps and


•    SSH—Secure Shell access to download and run your custom application written in languages likePython, C/C++ and others
Furthermore, engineers can download other free software packages to perform development and testing.

•    PAC Control—a flowchart-based industrial automation programming tool

•    PAC Displayto build HMI operator interfaces for Microsoft® Windows®-based computers

•    CODESYS DevelopmenSystem—a software platform for factory automation, providing

IEC-61131-3 support

•    Opto 22 Library Packagfor CODESYS—a library packagto add to the CODESYS DevelopmentSystem


Whether taking advantage of free self-guided OptoU Online Training learning modules (visithttps://training.opto22.com) or experimenting on their own, engineers will benefit from the practical hands-on experience gained with the Learning Center. Some initial steps include organizing access levels,establishing network connectivity, calibrating the integrated touchscreen and using groov Managtoconfigure I/O.


Comprehensivcontrol programs can be developed and executed using PAC Control or any IEC 61131-3compliant language, including ladder logic. Simple examples are provided, and engineercan build andcreate their own applications as desired. Even more advanced custom programs are possible using the optional SSH access to the Linux operating system. Rich HMI displays with graphics and trends can be developed using groov View and viewed using the integrated display, mobile devices and web browsers.


Communications are easily set up using Ignition Edge Gatewafoconnecting to legacy PLCs. The Learning Center is an ideal environmenfor exploring the collecting and publishing of tag information tocloud services with MQTT and Sparkplug, as well as obtaining other cloud data like database and weather information through Node-RED.
Engineercan creatProof of Concept projects, likconfirming how to install hardware on a machine, using the integrated touchscreen display as an HMI, connecting an external monitor, and establishing remoteconnectivity to a computer or mobile device. The Learning Center is thus perfectly suited for supporting pilot project development.


The Learning Center is an essential and completwafor engineers and developerto fully understand the manways that groov EPIC can improve their automated operations and connectivity. Based on Opto 22’s 45 years of experience as an automation manufacturer, the Learning Center is not just a product sample, but instead delivers the same actual field-proven hardware and full-featured software used all over the worldto automate and communicate with various machines and processes.


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