September 4, 2019 – Opto 22 announced the release of firmware update 1.4.1 for the groov EPIC Edge Programmable Industrial Controller, expanding the capabilities of this industrial control system. The update includes networking options and tools, plus software choices for automation and industrial internet of things (IIoT) applications.
For secure remote access to the groov EPIC, the system offers VPN (virtual private network) client technology to connect to an OpenVPN-based VPN server. This option is intended to assist in creating secure data communication architectures, particularly with geographically dispersed systems.
Also with the new 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 groov EPIC to serve as an OPC-UA server to legacy PLCs—like Rockwell Automation, Siemens, Modbus, and more.
In addition, the full Ignition edition allows users to install and utilize more Ignition modules, including those for database connectivity, reporting, text/email alarming, and Sepasoft MES.
New diagnostic and troubleshooting tools have also been added to groov EPIC for testing network connectivity, including ping, test TCP port, traceroute, and nslookup. All are now available from the embedded groov Manage application to assist in isolating or pinpointing networking problems.
Other enhancements in this upgrade include the following:
The two independent, segmented Gigabit Ethernet network interfaces now have complete control over gateway and DNS/DHCP configurations. Each interface can have its own gateway and DNS server; users can now manually override gateway address, name servers, and search domains, and set the priority for backup gateways and DNS provisioning.
The included IEC 61131-3 compliant CODESYS Runtime now supports Opto 22’s groov EPIC serial communication module (GRV-CSERI-4), so control programs that need serial communications support can be developed.
The embedded, open-source Node-RED runtime and editor has been upgraded to version 0.20.5.
Other improvements include accessing console log files and preserving all groov Manage settings during firmware updates.
About Opto 22
Opto 22 designs and manufactures industrial control products and Internet of Things platforms that bridge the gap between information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT). Based on a core design philosophy of leveraging open, standards-based technology, Opto 22 products are deployed worldwide in industrial automation, process control, building automation, industrial refrigeration, remote monitoring, and data acquisition applications