Opto 22 Releases PAC Project 8.5 that includes control programming, HMI development, OPC connectivity, and database integration components. .

Opto 22 recently announced new additions to its extensive line of Ethernet-based components-specifically, intelligent Snap I/O processors (“brains”) and Snap PAC standalone and rack-mounted programmable automation controllers with wireless LAN (Wi-Fi) capabilities referred to as Wired+Wireless hardware. PAC Project version 8.5 supports all of these new components, thereby providing industrial wireless networking capabilities that offer several benefits to users, such as the ability to deploy the hardware in remote areas, areas that are inaccessible, or where network wiring is difficult or impossible to install.  Control system designers can also use the new Wired+Wireless hardware to design and build systems with traditional Ethernet wiring, Wi-Fi, or any combination of the two, thereby establishing a new level of networking flexibility that is currently impossible to achieve using the standard components of any other industrial automation vendor. Wireless networking capabilities also offer an opportunity for major savings through reductions in wiring costs.

The company also announced an agreement with Mobile, Ala.-based N-Tron Corp. to market and sell its line of industrial Ethernet network switches and wireless access points.

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