Opto22 groov EPIC firmware update
Opto 22 has announced firmware update 1.4.1 for the groov EPIC Edge Programmable Industrial Controller. Engineers and developers will find updated networking options and tools, plus additional software choices for automation and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications.
For secure remote access to the controller, the system now offers VPN client technology to connect to an OpenVPN-based VPN server. For example, an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) embedding groov EPIC in their machine design could benefit from establishing a remote connection to their equipment using industry-standard, IT-friendly VPN technology for diagnostics and predictive service. Likewise, a system integrator could use the VPN technology to provide continuing integration services after equipment is installed at a plant or location.
Also with the updated release, users can choose between Inductive Automation’s Ignition Edge or the full Ignition platform — whichever edition is better suited to their application. Choosing the full Ignition option allows the controller to serve as an industrially hardened OPC-UA server to legacy PLCs — like Rockwell Automation, Siemens and Modbus — eliminating the need to purchase, configure and deploy Windows-based computers to perform this function.
In addition, the full Ignition edition allows users to install and utilise more Ignition modules, including those for database connectivity, reporting, text/email alarming and Sepasoft MES.
Updated diagnostic and troubleshooting tools have also been added to groov EPIC for testing network connectivity, including ping, test TCP port, traceroute and nslookup.
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