Opto 22 (Temecula, CA) has announced the release of its new white paper, entitled Meet the Future: Edge Programmable Industrial Controllers, which discusses how controls engineers can meet today's demands for obtaining, using and sharing data.
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 notes that its products are deployed worldwide in industrial automation, process control, building automation, industrial refrigeration, remote monitoring, and data acquisition applications. Designed and manufactured in the U.S.A., Opto 22 says that its products have a worldwide reputation for ease-of-use, innovation, quality, and reliability.
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The company says its new white paper focuses on three main communication challenges: complexity, security, and expense.
Per the paper's summary: "IIoT and other data-intensive automation applications typically require many steps and a lot of middleware: hardware, drivers, parsers, and custom software. These steps are time-consuming to set up, difficult to maintain and change, and create major security concerns. This white paper explains how a new kind of industrial controller—an edge programmable industrial controller, or EPIC—can simplify and secure automation and IIoT projects, while reducing cost and complexity. In addition to IIoT and data-based projects, EPIC devices can be also used to provide real-time control for all kinds of traditional automation applications.
"Included application examples bring these concepts to life by demonstrating how automation professionals are using EPIC devices to improve operations. EPIC devices free you to focus on what you want to do: connect legacy systems and smart systems, get data, transform it into actionable information, visualize it when and where you want, and perform real-time control. Because EPIC systems are scalable, they can be applied to smaller applications and then expanded with virtually no limitation, allowing you to see how EPIC can work for you before committing significant resources.
"An EPIC device offers a simple, secure, maintainable, and cost-effective solution for data communication. If solving your latest challenge involves complex steps, expensive middleware, or security issues, take a look at an EPIC device. You may very well find it can shrink those steps, reduce your costs, and help provide the security you need."
The new white paper can be downloaded at: www.op22.co/EPICwhitepaper