The GRV-EPIC-PR1 Edge Programmable Industrial Controller is an embedded Linux®, real-time controller with gateway functions. This groov EPIC® processor provides control, connectivity, data handling, and visualization at the edge of your network and is ideal for industrial internet of things (IIoT) applications or any automation application.
The modern design of the GRV-EPIC-PR1 offers a condensed and sturdy unit that features a resistive-touch, high-resolution LCD display for I/O and network configuration, troubleshooting, and system HMI. The LCD display lifts to provide easy access to the power button, power supply connectors, network interfaces, ports, and status LEDs.
- Dual, independent Gigabit Ethernet network interfaces enable the processor to maintain separate connections to your back office network and your controls network.
- Dual USB ports extend the capabilities of the processor so it can handle serial communications, communicate with touchscreen monitors, or connect to your network with approved WiFi adapters.
- HDMI port displays configuration and groov View HMI on an external large screen, which is also useful for OEM applications where the EPIC system is built into a machine.
The groov EPIC processor includes security features to help you build a secure network:
- Two independent Ethernet interfaces that segment trusted networks from untrusted networks
- Built-in, configurable device firewall
- User accounts and required authentication for access
- No default username or password
- Data encryption and security certificate management
- Publish-subscribe data communication option using MQTT/Sparkplug
- Opto 22 cryptographically signed build, so rogue firmware or software cannot be uploaded to the EPIC
For more information on these and other security features, see the groov EPIC Security Design and Best Practices Technical Note.
Software included: groov Manage, PAC Project Basic, groov View, Node-RED, Ignition Edge®
- Commission your system with web-based groov Manage, viewable by authorized users from the integrated touchscreen or from a computer or mobile device.
- Program your EPIC using flowchart-based PAC Control with optional scripting. Or use any IEC 61131-3 compliant language (like Function Block Diagram and Ladder Diagram) with the CODESYS® Development System and runtime. Or build your own custom program with Secure Shell access (SSH).
- Easily build the HMI you need for all your systems, devices, and data using groov View. Then securely use your HMI locally on the EPIC’s high-resolution touchscreen and from anywhere on any authorized computer or mobile device. You can also build a traditional Microsoft® Windows®-based HMI using PAC Display.
- Create simple logic flows with Node-RED. Use pre-built nodes to exchange data with equipment, online services, and more.
- Connect to Allen-Bradley® and Siemens® PLCs with the included OPC-UA drivers from Ignition Edge® (a product of Inductive Automation®) (requires a groov Ignition Edge license).
- Efficiently exchange data for IIoT projects using MQTT communications with Sparkplug payload, also provided by Ignition Edge Onboard (requires a groov Ignition Edge license).
Mounting and I/O
The GRV-EPIC-PR1 mounts on a groov EPIC chassis with a power supply and up to 16 groov I/O modules (analog, discrete, and serial) for real-time control, monitoring, and data acquisition. The groov EPIC processor includes 96 proportional-integral-derivative loops for PID loop control.
Available I/O features include:
- Channel-to-channel isolation
- Quadrature counting
- Pulse generation and measurement
- Frequency and period measurement
- TPO (time-proportional output)
- Thermocouple linearization
- Minimum/maximum values
- Offset & gain
- Simple moving average
- Output clamping
- Average filter weight
Features vary depending on the I/O module. See individual modules for details.