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Instrumentation Newsletter - March 2020

Although many smart wireless sensing devices have begun appearing at the edge, the majority of I/O switches, sensors, and transmitters use wired connections. Traditional remote I/O requires an industrial controller or gateway in order to propagate these signals to other systems, which limits
their availability to enterprise consumers.

By contrast, a groov RIO unit can be installed and operated independently, using its embedded software tools and protocols to share data instantly
across the organization.

The LEDs, network interfaces, USB port, and connectors (terminal and power supply) on the groov RIO offer features to help you review the status
and health of your groov RIO, as well as connect it to a power supply, a network, and field devices.


New from Opto 22, the groov RIO®, a family of intelligent, distributed input/output (I/O) for industrial internet of things (IIoT) and automation applications.

groov RIO represents a first-in-class solution for its ability to quickly connect traditional wired switches and sensors directly to Ethernet networks, software applications, and cloud platforms without intermediary control or communication hardware, such as PLCs, PACs, or PCs.

groov RIO is the next step in transforming the industry for the industrial internet of things (IIoT), extending connected applications directly to traditional wired sensors and switches.

The first unit in the groov RIO family, GRV-R7-MM1001-10, provides 8 multi-signal, multifunction, software-configurable channels and 2 Form C relays, supporting over 52,000 unique signal combinations: analog or discrete, input or output.

Combined with Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) and embedded tools for configuration, data processing, and publishing, groov RIO makes connecting I/O to cloud IoT platforms, control systems, and databases easier than ever before.


Whether you need simple, fast connection to a handful of I/O or large-scale IIoT-ready infrastructure, groov RIO has the flexibility to handle a wide range of applications.

For an interactive view of what groov RIO can do for you, take a look at the groov RIO Configurator.


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For automation engineers and developers

  • Completely software-configurable from any browser with groov Manage
  • Includes intelligent discrete and analog signal processing features
  • USB port for serial communications and external storage
  • Compatible slave I/O with any Modbus/TCP master
  • Efficient publish-subscribe communication with MQTT Sparkplug
  • Data processing, visualization, and web service transactions with Node-RED
  • Simple network discovery with support for DNS and DHCP
    Supports star and daisy-chain topologies
  • Secure communication with SSL/TLS encryption and certification
  • Remote management with embedded OpenVPN client
  • No PLC required

For buyers, specifiers, and installers

  • 8 channels supporting 10 different signal types
  • 2 Form C mechanical relays for normally open or closed circuits
  • Scaling, ramping, counting, totalization, and more
  • PoE or external DC input for unit power
  • PoE-powered outputs and self-wetting inputs
  • UL Hazardous Locations approved and ATEX compliant
  • Wide -20 to 70 °C operating temperature range
  • Dual, switched Gigabit Ethernet network interfaces
  • Compatible remote I/O for groov EPIC using PAC Project
  • Made in the U.S.A.
 Software features include:
• User authentication, device firewall, and SSL/TLS encryption with certification
• groov Manage software for configuration, commissioning, and debugging from anywhere on
the network or remotely via embedded VPN client
• Node-RED flow-based development environment and runtime for edge data processing,
handling, communications, and visualization
• MQTT client for efficient, industrial publish-subscribe communications

Instrumentation Newsletter - January-February 2020

Case Study:

Entire Brewing Process on a Single
Software Platform

MadTree Brewing likes doing things their own way. Ignition brought the flexibility, speed, and data
access they needed in their SCADA system.

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Ignition Perspective Module

Built for Mobile, Ready for the Field
Ignition Perspective is the next-generation visualization system for industrial applications, optimized specifically for mobile devices.

The Plant Floor in Your Pocket
The Ignition Perspective Module puts the power of your plant floor in the palm of your hand by empowering you to create beautiful, mobile-responsive industrial applications that run natively on any mobile device and web browser.

Ignition Perspective Module

A Whole New Vision for the Future
In Ignition 8, the Vision Module gets its biggest updates since it was first released in 2010, allowing you to make your HMIs and plant-floor dashboards easier to deploy, and more beautiful than ever

How to Easily Build SCADA & HMI
HTML5 Web Applications

Explore Ignition Perspective’s browser-based
design environment, mobile-responsive design
elements, CSS styling, and more.


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SCADA With 3D Imaging for Water
Treatment Plant

After modernizing its SCADA system with
Ignition, a high-capacity water system in
South Carolina now has 3D visuals and other cutting-edge features.


Opto 22’s groov EPIC firmware update version 1.4.1 enhances secure remote access with VPN and adds Inductive Automation Ignition options.

The new update adds virtual private networking, new network diagnostic tools, and a choice of Inductive Automation’s Ignition editions.

Built for Enterprises of all Sizes

Whether you’re a system architect rolling out Ignition enterprise-wide to multiple facilities, an IT specialist securing your company's data, or an efficiency officer looking to improve productivity, Ignition 8 is being
built for you.


New Capabilities in
Medical Sterilization

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The registered trademark Ignition® by Inductive Automation® is owned by Inductive Automation and is registered with the
United States Patent and Trademark Office and may be pending or registered in other countries.

Power Newsletter - March 2020

Product Feature: ITech Battery Testers

IT5100 series is a series of battery internal resistance testers with high precision, high resolution and high speed.

IT5100 adopts AC 4-terminal sensing, that means the tester can test internal resistance and voltage simultaneously with high precision. Resistance resolution is down to 0.1 µ, voltage resolution is 10 µV. Combined with external USB disk, IT5100 is available for long-term statistics calculation. Built-in comparator function, IT5100 can automatically determine whether the battery parameters meet the standards and count pass rate, which is suitable for a variety of battery`s test and pick.

Built-in GPIB / USB / LAN communication interface to support SCPI communication protocol.

Single unit of IT5102 support 16 channels batteries measurement, master- slave connection up to max.17 sets and extension channels quantity up to 272, that greatly improves testing efficiency.

Built-in LAN / RS232 communication interface, the IT5100 series can be widely applied in cellphone lithium batteries, electric vehicle batteries and other batteries inspection and sorting.


  • Support resistance and voltage simultaneously test and display, 4.3 inch LCD screen
  • Voltage ranges:10 µV~300 V *2
  • Resistance ranges: 150 µ~3000 *1
  • Voltage ranges,7 resistance ranges, optional automatic or manual measuring *3
  • Support resistance and voltage simultaneously test, speed up to 125 times / S *4
  • Built-in GPIB, USB, LAN interfaces,supports SCPI protocol.
  • Statistics calculation and data USB storage function
  • Comparator function: sorting result HI/IN/LOW display
  • Zero adjustment function
  • 4-terminal AC measurement
  • Measuring result alarm
  • IT5102 single unit supports 16 channels testing, max.17 sets master and slave extension connection *5
  • Supports battery online testing *6
  • Available for supporting ITS5300 battery charging and discharging test system automatic measurement.

*1:IT5101E is 15m ~ 3, IT5102/5102E is 0.01m~2
*2:IT5102/5102E is 0~60V
*3:IT5101E, IT5102/5102E resistance is the two range
*4:IT5101/5101E under Ex_Fast mode
*5:IT5102E is 8 channels
*6:IT5101/5101E only support offline measurements, IT5102/5102E support both online and offline measurements at the same time.


The wide measuring range and multi-functions makes the IT5100 series ideal for inspection and sorting of all types of batteries. It can be used to validate various types of DUT's requiring test of internal resistance, contact resistance, Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR) etc.

It is useful in both R&D, production test and other applications.

High-voltage battery pack test eg. electrice vehicles, lithium battery etc.
Battery module testing
Large (low-resistance) cell testing
High-speed mass production testing of coin batteries
UPS inspection
Deterioration and life assessment of alkaline batteries, lead-acid battery
Various contact resistance test
Equivalent Series Resistance (ERS) test




 If you would like to contact us about any of these products, feel free to email us.

Power Newsletter - January-February 2020



AHA-N Rack Series
On-Line UPS 1kVA (1U) with Li battery

  • Advanced microprocessor design base
  • True double-conversion isolated topology
  • True sine wave output
  • Input power factor correction 0.99
  • Output power factor 0.8
  • Perfect failure protection
  • Built-in Lithium-ion or Lead-Acid battery
  • Particular compact size, ultra slim (1U)
  • Generator compatible
  • Wide input range, high efficiency
  • 50Hz auto-detect
  • 50Hz/60Hz auto-detect
  • USB HD communication built-in

Car Inverter (150W-600W)

  Car Inverter- DAD Series 300W with charger

Modular UPS - AHR Series

Supplier Feature:Soltec

MasTec has marketed Soltec since 2000 and has hundreds of these UPSs running now in diverse environments, IT server farms, office, industrial and commercial.

MasTec stocks Soltec and can meet most calls for UPS from stock. We highly recommend these UPSs.

Since 1986, Soltec, an ISO9001 certified company, has been a reputable and leading designer and manufacturer of standard & tailored-made UPS, Frequency Converter and Inverters.

Soltec are CE and UL Compliment UPSs -

Super Efficient Line interactive UPSs
Low Frequensy Pure Sine On LIne UPSs
High Frequency High Efficient On Line UPSs
Home or Commercial Building UPSs that can manage giant battery banks
Pure Sine Totally Galvancially Isolated UPS with hundreds of KW output - Redundant also
Frequency Converters
Rectifiers ( Charger )
Static Transfer Switches
Accessory of UPS

Their in house technology through R&D is extensive. Their 10KA Line interactive low frequency transformer and high efficiency UPS, is still the highest powered units of this type.

Soltec is also a leading supplier of excellent Frequency Converters > choose 50, 60, 400 HZ in or out > both single or three phase models.

MasTec supplies to Oceania many of these Soltec frequency converters each year. Typical applications are for converting NZ 230VAC 50 HZ power to USA 110VAC 60HZ or 230VAC 50HZ to 230 VAC 400HZ aircraft power or the other way around.

Almost all Soltec products can be ordered with an extra transformer to make the output Galvanically Isolated.

We have supplied models up to 20 KVA with these very heavy transformers. In labs and some factory systems this is essential for stable operation of a control system or IT system.

The large Industrial ALP UPSs are always galvanic isolated and are modular growing up to 200KV.


 If you would like to contact us about any of these products, feel free to email us.

 New DIN Rail UPS Galvanic Isolation Options

On Line UPS (High Frequency)

On Line UPS (High Frequency)

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Lithium 12 Volt 100Amphr Batteries

Xbee Wireless Comparison Sheet


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