Josh Eastburn

Josh Eastburn is director of technical marketing, Opto 22. After 12 years as an automation engineer working in the semiconductor, petrochemical, food and beverage, and life sciences industries, Eastburn works with the engineers at Opto 22 to understand the needs of tomorrow's customers. He is a contributing writer at 


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IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 11, 2022

Building secure wastewater management in the cloud

System integrator Perceptive Controls helps control, manage wastewater with a MQTT Sparkplug-based SCADA infrastructure for 19 production wells, 3 storage tanks, 11 treatment plants, and 63 sewer lift stations.

By Josh Eastburn
Edge and Cloud Computing February 23, 2022

Product advice: Building IIoT with edge I/O systems

Secure, granular data processing, connectivity, and communication in the field create a foundation for large-scale IIoT according to a company with a Control Engineering Engineers’ Choice Award product.

By Josh Eastburn
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Edge and Cloud Computing December 1, 2021

OEM delivers automated pressure testing with edge computing

An oil and gas original equipment manufacturer (OEM) uses edge computing for integrated data and control to maintain the safety and integrity of drilling facilities.

By Josh Eastburn
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 July 5, 2021

Four tips for designing scalable IIoT networks

Don’t get distracted by the promises of the latest so-called solutions for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Focus on these essential design principles while building a data network. Intelligent input/output modules and other tools can add flexibility.

By Josh Eastburn
Edge and Cloud Computing December 3, 2020

AMP upgrades to edge controllers

Largest U.S. rotary heat-treating facility modernizes controls and automation with tight database integration.

By Josh Eastburn
I/O Systems, I/O Modules September 7, 2020

Edge I/O brings more connectivity to field devices and sensors

Latest remote I/O combines IIoT communication with even more processing power than traditional intelligent I/O

By Josh Eastburn
PLCs, PACs May 8, 2020

Industrial controllers: past, present, future

Increasing technology integration, cross-pollination and connectivity have shaped the development of programmable logic controllers (PLCs), programmable automation controllers (PACs) and today’s edge controllers, indicating how to invest for the future.

By Josh Eastburn
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 7, 2020

An overview of industrial IoT, from edge to cloud

Next generation distributed I/O brings users one step closer to seamless connectivity

By Josh Eastburn
Virtualization, Cloud Analytics March 6, 2020

Skills for the edge computing revolution

Edge computing is becoming more prevalent, and it’s imperative for engineers to get in on the action. Learn four skills engineers can develop to be better prepared.

By Josh Eastburn
System Integration February 12, 2020

Five automation design tips for the future

Automation design and system integration: When designing automation for the future, consider open source, capital costs, evolution, multi-vendor capability and cybersecurity.

By Josh Eastburn
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