What is Ignition?
Ignition is an Industrial Application Server. Installed as server software, it uses webpages and web-launching to create a wide variety of industrial applications. These sorts of applications typically fall under the definitions of HMI, SCADA, and MES applications. Ignition achieves its functionality through a modular architecture, meaning that multiple pieces work together seamlessly to provide features like:
OPC-UA the leading industrial standard for data access. Using the OPC-UA Module, Ignition will act as an OPC-UA server, serving data collected by its built in drivers to other Ignition modules, as well as third-party OPC-UA clients.
For more information about OPC, see the section What is OPC?
For more information about the device drivers available in Ignition, see About Ignition Device Drivers
Ignition offers robust data-logging functionality. The SQL Bridge module offers historical logging, trigger based transactions with handshakes, and much more. Additionally, the ground-breaking SQLTag Historian feature makes it easier than ever to store and use historical process data.
Status & Control
Ignition offer first class status and control functionality, and can be used to create single-user terminals as well as distributed systems. SQLTags, Ignition's tag system, provides many powerful features and unparalleled ease of use. By simply dragging-and-dropping, you can create a powerful status and control screen in minutes. Features such as Redundancy and Panel Edition licensing help create dependable, fault-tolerant systems.
Flexible alert monitoring is built into SQLTags, and the Ignition gateway supports a variety of logging and notification features. Alert Distribution Groups allow you to send email alerts with a high level of control. Alert history can easily be stored and queried, making it easy to track and analyze common problems in your process.
Ignition offers industry-leading trending and data analysis functionality. The power of SQL database access is built in from the ground up, and offers a tremendous amount of power in today's IT centric plants. Powerful charting, tables, and reports combined with Ignition no-install, web-launched distribution model offer new possibilities in data analysis.
Create dynamic, data-rich PDF reports using the Reporting module. Leveraging the power of SQL databases, it's easy to tie together production and business data.