Opto 22’s Edge Controller and I/O Feature Ignition Onboard

May 7, 2021
Extending their Ignition Onboard partnership, Opto 22 now offers versions of groov EPIC and groov RIO with Inductive Automation’s Ignition 8 built in.

At Inductive Automation’s 2017 Ignition Community Conference, the company announced its Ignition Onboard and Ignition Edge Onboard program in which automation hardware partner companies can pre-install Ignition and Ignition Edge on their devices. At this event, Opto 22 was among the first companies to be announced as a participating partner with its inclusion of Ignition Edge Onboard in its groov box HMI device.

Opto 22 has just announced it is now offering versions of its groov EPIC (edge programmable industrial controller) and groov RIO (remote I/O) with Inductive Automation’s latest version of Ignition onboard. Specifically, the new 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 Opto 22, PR2 is compatible with existing groov EPIC I/O, power supply, and chassis options and allows Ignition 8 developers to integrate PLC, PC, and network gateway functions into a single, secure edge device. The company also noted that this latest version of groov EPIC doubles the storage capacity of the original PR1 with nearly double the RAM.

In its release about the inclusion of Ignition 8 on groov EPIC, Opto 22 said that the 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.”

Explaining the inclusion of Ignition 8 onboard the groov RIO MM2 module, which nearly doubles the memory and storage of the device compared to the previous version, Opto 22 says Ignition 8 allows groov RIO to 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.

Benson Hougland, vice president of marketing and product strategy at Opto 22 said these releases target the growing market of edge-oriented applications like operational equipment effectiveness (OEE), predictive maintenance, remote condition-based monitoring, and digital transformation. “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,” he said. “With Ignition Edge 8, Inductive Automation 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.”

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