Business Ledger honors 74 companies as exceptional workplaces

[fa icon='calendar'] May 27, 2016 3:12:03 PM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Best Places to Work in Illinois, business, Events, Featured In, General, Grid Connect, Illinois, small business

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Last night, Grid Connect attended the awards ceremony for Best Places to Work in Illinois and were honored to be placed in the top 30 small businesses in the state. This award was determined by examining workplace policies, practices, and demographics and then comparing them to those of other business in the state of Illinois. After this was evaluated, employee surveys were taken to determine the variations in employee experiences within different businesses. These two evaluations were then combined to create a final ranking for each business.

Read more: http://www.dhbusinessledger.com/article/20160526/business/160528971/

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Grid Connect is a World Class Manufacturer

[fa icon='calendar'] Aug 17, 2015 9:59:54 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in 900MHz, BLE, Bluetooth, CANbus, chips, connection, Custom, development, DeviceNet, Ethernet, firmware, General, Grid Connect, hardware, I2C, Illinois, manufacturer, manufacturing, modbus, modbus tcp, modules, Naperville, network, NRE, packaging, private-labeled, PROFIBUS, PROFINET, RS-232, RS-422, RS-485, software, SPI, Wi-Fi, ZigBee, wifi

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Grid Connect Inc. is an ISO 9001-certified, world-class quality manufacturer. Our chips, modules and products are used by thousands of companies around the world to provide a network connection to their devices. All of our products are designed, assembled, programmed and tested in Illinois, USA. All final tests, firmware loading and packaging is done at Grid Connect in Naperville, Illinois.

All Grid Connect products can be customized and private-labeled to a specific customer’s requirements. It can be as simple as a software change to increase buffer sizes or as complex as a new hardware and software design. In all cases, Grid Connect will provide your company with a fixed price quotation for the NRE/development work and the production cost for the final product. We are happy to private label your product and ship it to you with the correct labeling and documentation.

Some networking and protocol technologies that Grid Connect specializes in, include:

  • Ethernet
  • Ethernet/IP
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • ZigBee
  • 900MHz
  • PROFIBUS
  • PROFINET
  • CANbus
  • DeviceNet
  • Modbus
  • Modbus TCP

Grid Connect also specialized in all serial standards, including:

  • RS-232
  • RS-485
  • RS-422
  • SPI
  • I2C


For more specific detailing of the various hardware and software options we provide, call the Grid Connect office at +1 (800) 975-GRID or fill out the form here.

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PROFIBUS Troubleshooting and & Maintenance Classes - July 2015

[fa icon='calendar'] May 4, 2015 9:00:25 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Atlanta, cabling, Chicago, ComBricks, Dennis van Booma, Events, General, Georgia, Grid Connect, grounding, Illinois, oscilloscope, PROCENTEC, PROFIBUS, PROFIBUS/PROFINET, ProfiCaptain 2, ProfiHub A5, ProfiHub B5, ProfiTrace 2, Scopeware, shielding, signal analysis, training, troubleshooting, Warrenville

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Having problems with your PROFIBUS network? This is the class for you! Learn the skills you need to find and isolate problems fast. At the end of the training, you will be able to maintain, strategically isolate, analyze and solve problems in PROFIBUS installations.

Grid Connect has teamed up with PROCENTEC and renowned teacher, Dennis van Booma, to provide this unique training opportunity. The workshop is designed for those who install and maintain PROFIBUS installations. The class provides a mixture of theory and hands-on experience to give you both the skill set you need, and the ability to put it into practice immediately. Attendees will learn how to analyze, localize and solve PROFIBUS problems. The theory covered includes details about cabling, shielding, and grounding. The practical hands-on examples show you how to use various tools to find and fix your problems fast.

PROFIBUS TrainingAt the end of this workshop, you will have an understanding of PROFIBUS concepts, components, cabling, grounding and shielding for both PROFIBUS DP and PA installations. You will also be able to understand and handle troubleshooting and maintenance tools, such as the ProfiTrace 2 with its built-in oscilloscope software Scopeware, and ProfiCaptain 2.

Attendees will be offered special pricing for ProfiTrace 2 Kits, ProfiHub A5/B5, ComBricks and more!

** Hear what people are saying about this popular and informative class by clicking here! **

About the Course:

  • Theory Topics Covered
    • PROFIBUS DP and PA
    • RS 485 and MBP-IS properties
    • Cabling techniques
    • Grounding and shielding
    • DP/PA segment couplers, repeaters and OLMs
    • Fault finding strategies
    • Measurement tools
  •  Hands-On Exercises
    • Protocol analysis with the ProfiTrace 2 Analyzer
    • Signal analysis with ScopeWare (oscilloscope)

Audience: This workshop is intended for anyone who is responsible for PROFIBUS installations. For example:

  • Service personnel and operators.
  • Installation companies.
  • Industrial PROFIBUS users.
  • Engineering companies.
  • Hardware and software

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HURRY! Seats are limited! Sign up now by clicking here or call the Grid Connect office at +1 (800) 975-GRID.

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OpenHack Naperville

[fa icon='calendar'] Nov 17, 2014 11:33:19 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in code, coding, Events, General, Grid Connect, Hack Night, Illinois, javascript, meetup, Naperville, .NET, OpenHack, OpenHack Naperville, PHP, Rails, Ruby on Rails, Twocanoes

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Every month, Grid Connect is happy to provide pizza to OpenHack Naperville for their Hack Nights. Jon Allured, Lead Developer at Grid Connect, is the organizer and event host for this night every month.

What is OpenHack Naperville?

Code together, on anything!

This Meetup is different -- there aren't any presentations -- it's just people coding together. Some like to check out Javascript, others take a look at a Rails class to refactor. There are PHP developers and .NET developers -- whatever technology you're into is cool!

If you have a project to hack on, that's great, but even just coming out for some good conversation is cool too. This is a very open group -- really just a bunch of techies looking to geek out. Bring your laptop and join us!

Pizza provided by Grid Connect. Drinks, wireless and an awesome space provided by Twocanoes Software, Inc.

For more information or to RSVP each month, visit http://www.meetup.com/OpenHack-Naperville/.

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April 2015 Newsletter - Link Round Up

[fa icon='calendar'] Apr 24, 2014 11:41:06 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Apple HomeKit, April Newsletter, Best Places to Work, connectsense, Daily Herald Business Ledger, General, Global Internet of Things Day, Grid Connect, Illinois, Internet of Things, Internet of Things Developers Conference, Internet of Things World, IoT, IoT Day, IoT DevCon, IoT Live, IoT standards, IoT World, Newsletters

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Grid Connect Named One of the 2015 Best Places to Work in Illinois -- Grid Connect was recently named as one of the 2015 Best Places to Work in Illinois. This statewide survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Illinois, benefiting the state's economy, workforce and businesses. Grid Connect will be recognized and honored at the Best Places to Work in Illinois Awards ceremony coordinated by the Daily Herald Business Ledger on May 6th and will be profiled in a special publication by the Daily Herald Business Ledger on June 22nd.
Internet of Things Developers Conference -- When: May 6-7, 2015 / Where: Hyatt Regency – Santa Clara, CA / Table #: S6
 / Silver Sponsor -- Plus, "IoT Standards: Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen" will be presented by Adam Justice on May 6th at 2:15pm. > Learn More
Internet of Things World -- When: May 12-13, 2015 / Where: Moscone Center – San Francisco, CA / Booth #: 312 /  Silver Sponsor -- Plus, "Bringing together the array of industry players in the Smart Home" presented by Adam Justice on May 13th at 5pm. > Learn More

Every Single Home Appliance that Works with Apple HomeKit
-- Announced alongside iOS 8 at last year's Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple's HomeKit software aims to put its own spin on home automation. Using HomeKit as a framework, developers can link up iOS products to communicate with home appliances, such as thermostats, light bulbs, garage openers and ConnectSense's Smart Outlet. Here's a list of upcoming (and a few already released) products expected - or already confirms - to bring Apple connectivity to your home.  > Read More at TechRadar 

Global Internet of Things Day -- The time is NOW to start having the important conversations on the technologies, security, data privacy and enormous potential that an "Internet of Things is capable of! Adam Justice, Vice President and General Manager of Grid Connect and ConnectSense, spoke on Internet of Things standards and protocols for a special IoT Day online event called IoTLive. > Watch the Video

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Team 3061 Does the “Robot” At FIRST Midwest Regional Tournament

[fa icon='calendar'] Apr 8, 2014 5:22:29 PM / by Adam Justice posted in Events, FIRST Midwest Regional, FIRST Robotics Competition, General, high school, Huskie Robotics, Illinois, Naperville, Naperville North High School, NNHS, robots, Team 3061

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As part of the long-term vision at Grid Connect, we included aspirations to help mentor young engineers in our community.  When we heard about Team 3061 – Huskie Robotics at Naperville North High School (which I am an alumni of) we thought it was a great way for Grid Connect to give back.

We began sponsoring Team 3061 late last season. This year, employees from all different areas of Grid Connect have volunteered their time to help out with engineering, leadership, marketing and other aspects of Team 3061.  It has been a great experience for all of us as we have learned a lot, shared a lot and been thoroughly impressed with what these high school students are capable of.

Team 3061 Chairman's Video for 2014

This past weekend we were able to witness Team 3061 – Huskie Robotics’s competitive spirit as they excitedly participated in the FIRST Midwest Regional robotics tournament.

FIRST Robotics Competition is a multi-national competition where high school students work with science and engineering professionals and other adult mentors to solve an engineering design problem in a fun but competitive way.

On Friday, Team 3061 started their morning with two wins and one loss, ranking eighth overall after a long day of qualification matches. The team continued to work hard on Saturday and took home some amazing acknowledgements including the Gracious Professionalism Award! Arpan Rau of Huskie Robotics also won the FIRST Dean’s List Award, which celebrates outstanding student leaders whose passion for and effectiveness at attaining FIRST ideals is exemplary.


Video from Day 3 of the Midwest Regional

Congratulations to Team 3061 – Huskie Robotics on all of their hard work and great accomplishments this season! The Grid Connect team was proud to cheer you on and looks forward to working with the team for years go come!

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