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Manufacturing Trends: As-a-Service, Edge, MQTT, OPC UA & More
Gary Mintchell from The Manufacturing Connection joins Don Pearson to give us his insights on the trends he’s seeing with as-a-service software solutions and the specific value they bring from both the IT and OT perspective. Gary shares the importance of the cloud in relation to edge computing in the industrial space and designing your architecture to get the best of both worlds. They discuss how to utilize OT and IT together to solve common problems, debate whether MQTT and OPC UA are in competition or complementary, explore the areas which companies should focus on in their journey to digital transformation, and make predictions about AI and machine learning. Gary also takes a memory about meeting our founder Steve Hechtman when Steve was still an integrator.
33 min episode
How Four Roses Bourbon Used Ignition-Based Solutions to Modernize its Production Processes
Four Roses Bourbon, distilled in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, is one of the leading bourbon brands in the world, known for award-winning handcrafted bourbon. But in its production processes, the company was relying on Excel spreadsheets, handwritten notes, and manual processes.
10 min read
Ignition’s data historian functionality is a robust set of features that are built into Ignition modules, providing data acquisition, storage, retrieval, and visualization. As with everything else in Ignition, historian functionality is modular. Several modules are often used together to provide a complete system. Often, users combine Ignition’s historian functionality with SCADA, HMI, IIoT, or MES functionality. Although many people think of Ignition’s Tag Historian Module as the “Ignition Historian,” a full data historian often is described by not only storing tag data, but also storing event-based data and providing visualization. As such, this document covers the modules for those features.
18 min read
How Meister Cheese Uses Ignition to Streamline its Manufacturing Operations
Meister is an award-winning cheesemaker in Muscoda, Wisconsin. The company has been in business since 1916 and is currently in its fourth generation of family ownership and leadership. Over the past 100 years, Meister has grown into one of the top makers of premium cheese and whey products in the world.
6 min read
Common Project Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)
When first designing industrial automation projects, it’s easy to make some common mistakes that can make integrating harder than it needs to be and cause headaches down the road. The best way to set yourself up for success is to recognize best practices as soon as possible. Not only does this save time on rework and future development, but it also allows for more predictability, better organization, and increased functionality.
53 min video
Creating Opportunities with Ignition Worldwide
Inductive Automation’s very own Annie Wise joins us to discuss the benefits, successes, and importance of our international distributor program. We hear about how the program got off the ground, the story of our first distributor, what territories currently have partners, and how the program has grown over the years. Annie shares what qualities we look for when partnering with new distributors and tells us about the new international track at the 2021 Ignition Community Conference.
12 min episode
Ignition Community Live: ICC 2021 Preview
This year’s Ignition Community Conference (ICC) is almost here! Whether you can’t wait for ICC or you’re just curious to know what it’s all about, then you don’t want to miss this broadcast where we’ll take you behind the scenes like never before. Get a look at the new platforms, Attendify and Wonder, that are raising the bar for virtual conference-going. Gear up for this year’s Build-a-Thon, which features integrators competing for the first time. Hear from some of the speakers behind this year’s fascinating sessions. Find out what to expect from the Discover Gallery as well as the Keynote, Exchange Challenge, Virtual Meetups, and more. Join us to get ready and get the most out of ICC 2021.
55 min video
First Steps to DevOps
In this webinar, experts from Inductive Automation, Vertech, and Sepasoft will show you how DevOps practices can prevent costly mistakes throughout the software lifecycle, and share valuable knowledge about implementing and maintaining DevOps as an ongoing practice at your organization.
55 min video
Improving Sustainability in Waste Management
David Hostetter from SCS Engineers and Dennis Siegel from Waste Management join us today to talk about the unique processes and challenges within the waste management industry, from residential to the engineering and life cycles of landfills. We discuss how operational improvements are being made in this essential service and its environmental footprint. They dive into the 24/7 maintenance and monitoring of landfills, adjusting to changing conditions in real-time, reducing cost, generating renewable energy, improving the health and safety of operators, and being proactive in a changing world. We also hear about an Ignition-based solution called Connected Landfills that is improving connectivity, mobility, and visualization by using data science to facilitate better decisions.
36 min episode
Ignition Community Live: Women in Automation Today
Despite many recent technological innovations, certain aspects of the manufacturing industry are slow to change. Case in point: Women are still underrepresented in manufacturing. What kinds of obstacles do women face as they pursue a career in this field? How can industrial organizations be more effective in recruiting, retaining, and promoting women? What will tomorrow’s manufacturing landscape look like? Don’t miss this Ignition Community Live webinar, where an all-female panel of experienced automation professionals will discuss these and other important questions that everyone in our field needs to think about.
58 min video
Choosing a SCADA System for the IIoT Era
In a world rocked by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), the mobile revolution, Digital Transformation, and COVID-19, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) remains an essential technology system for manufacturers.
57 min video
Ignition Community Live: Ignition Edge at the I/O Level
With the introduction of Ignition Edge, Inductive Automation allows you to drive operational data collection at its source. And through the Ignition Onboard program, we made it possible for industrial hardware vendors to provide Ignition Edge pre-installed in products aimed at jumpstarting your Digital Transformation projects. These products include a range of industrial PCs (IPCs), cellular gateways, panel PCs, and PLCs, like Opto 22’s groov EPIC.
59 min video
Design Like a Pro: How to Pick the Right System Architecture
Whether your automation project has only a few tags or hundreds of thousands of tags, you need to make sure that it will work properly now and that it has enough room to grow in the future. Having the right architecture and server sizes are absolutely essential in reaching this goal.
59 min video
Ignition Server Sizing and Architecture Guide
This guide is intended to provide some tips to help you determine the correct architecture depending on your requirements. It is important to note that any architecture that you come up with needs to be fully tested and verified. Throughout that process you can observe the performance characteristics of the server in order to make any necessary adjustments to the architecture. There is no guarantee on performance since it is based on your design choices.
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Ignition Community Live: Maker Project Show & Tell
For years, a number of industrial professionals who use Ignition at work have also been using it to build their own home automation projects. The release of Ignition Maker Edition last year added fuel to the Ignition-at-home fire. After seeing so many cool Maker projects from our community members, we knew we had to share some of them with you. So join us for a fun showcase of real, creative, non-commercial Maker applications designed for kitchens, backyards and gardens, and beyond. You'll definitely see new ways to use Ignition and might even find inspiration for your own Maker project.
45 min video
The Evolution of Industrial Visualization
In the two years since its release, the Ignition Perspective Module has quickly set the standard for modern visualization systems in the industrial space. As the developers of Ignition have expanded and matured the module’s features, innovative users and integrators around the globe have used it as a canvas for building large and sophisticated projects in HMI, SCADA, MES and more.
57 min video
Three Companies Aid Engineering Education
In many ways, today’s engineering students are our future. They’ll be key players in keeping our industries running for the next few decades.
5 min video
Ignition Community Live: Expanding the Exchange
Since its launch in 2019, the Ignition Exchange has been building a collaborative community by providing a platform to share resources developed both by members of the Ignition community and the Inductive Automation team. Ranging from adjustable gauges to complex scripts for machine learning, these resources offer a free way to jumpstart application development or augment an existing system. In this presentation, the leaders of Inductive Automation’s Sales Engineering team and some special guests will highlight seven of the new exciting resources available on the Exchange, demonstrating how each can benefit your Ignition project. Find out how the Exchange is growing, discover the strengths of community-wide collaboration, and learn how you too can start contributing.
63 min video
SCADA and MES Connect with SAP in New Plant
AriZona Beverages doesn’t do small. The company is famous for its 23-ounce “big can,” and since its founding in 1992, AriZona has made a big splash in the market with its popular teas, juices, and energy drinks.
5 min video
Historic Opportunities: Discover the Power of Ignition's Historian
The ability to store and query historical data easily and efficiently is vital to digital transformation. The Ignition Tag Historian Module has long provided a superb solution for this need and recent improvements have broadened the scope of what it can do. Is your organization harnessing the full power of historical data for a successful future?
60 min video
Ignition Community Live: Feed the Need for Leads
As an integrator, you’re always looking to generate leads for future projects. So does that mean that you constantly have to “sell harder” and chase a bigger market? Actually, many sales opportunities await in places that you might be overlooking. In this presentation combining live discussion and video, find out how you can get more sales leads from your existing customer base and your local area, and how to leverage your website and content to drive new customers your way. Don’t miss lead-generating best practices from some of the top marketing minds in the Ignition community!
59 min video
Ignition Community Live with Kevin McClusky
Many of you in the Ignition community have excellent questions about lots of industrial/technology topics, including SCADA, HMI, IIoT, digital transformation, machine learning, and Ignition. Kevin McClusky, Co-Director of Sales Engineering at Inductive Automation, answers attendee questions live!
62 min video
Turning Enterprise Data Into Decisions More Quickly
Is inefficient data management standing in the way of your company’s IIoT or Digital Transformation objectives? As companies struggle with making their data more useful, many are adopting a methodology known as DataOps. The good news is that DataOps can help you collect, deliver, and leverage data faster and with greater accuracy — and with Ignition’s unlimited industrial application platform and its support of the powerful MQTT protocol, implementation could be easier than you think.
60 min video
Unlocking Greater Efficiency: The Why and How of OEE Implementation
Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is a metric that has helped many industrial organizations achieve real manufacturing gains and significantly increase profits. OEE has been proven to work but that doesn’t mean that simply calculating your organization’s OEE number or installing OEE software will cause the results you want to materialize. Ultimately it’s not just OEE data that makes a difference — it’s what you do with it.
57 min video
Ignition Community Live with Inductive Automation's Dev Team
Containerization is becoming an increasingly common way to develop, run, and share applications more efficiently. In this informative episode of Ignition Community Live, you’ll get a closer look at the benefits of containerization and of using Ignition together with Docker, the leading containerization solution. Join us to learn more about how containers stack up against virtual machines, reasons to use Docker as well as reasons not to, the official Ignition Docker image for 8.1, use cases, future plans, and more! Resources: Where/How to Get and Install Docker? Docker Desktop (Windows and Mac OS X) Package managers for Linux (details here) More information on Docker Compose Docker Glossary Official IA Ignition Images Kevin’s "unofficial" images Files Used in Live Demo
56 min video
6 Platform Benefits That Maximize Your ROI
All of us use technology platforms in everyday life. However, you might not be using platforms to their full potential within the industrial organization where you work — and this can limit your capabilities as well as the returns you're getting on your technology investment.
53 min video
Ignition Community Live with Vannessa G.
With powerful features, modular configurability, and unlimited licensing, the Ignition platform enables integrators to say “yes” to practically anything that end users want to accomplish. So how can integrators get prospective customers to say “yes” to Ignition? In this presentation, Inductive Automation Senior Account Executive Vannessa Garcia will share proven techniques for pitching Ignition effectively to various types of customers and she’ ll answer your sales-related questions. Boost your sales by catching this valuable presentation!
35 min video
Leveraging Ignition Quick Start to Rapidly Build Real Projects
Development is rarely an easy process, and getting started is often one of the hardest things about it. What if there was a way to get your next screen or application off the ground more quickly?
61 min video
The Universal Industrial Application Platform
Ignition is the world’s first truly universal industrial application platform because it empowers you to connect all of the data across your entire enterprise, rapidly develop any type of industrial automation system, and scale your system in any way, without limits. See the amazing features that make Ignition the first and only universal Industrial Application Platform.
2 min video
Ignition Community Live with Otorio
Operational Resilience Management (ORM) is a holistic approach to industrial cybersecurity - from the identification of potential risks through evaluating their possible impact, to implementing mitigation controls. Incorporating digital and physical risks, ORM better ensures operational resilience and business continuity.
28 min video
Design Like a Pro: Developing & Deploying Perspective Applications as HMIs
Since its release in 2019, Ignition Perspective®️ has enabled users to quickly design first-rate, mobile-responsive industrial applications and launch them on mobile devices and web browsers. Now, the new Perspective Workstation feature also makes it possible to quickly launch native Perspective applications on workstations, HMIs, desktops, and multi-monitor setups without needing a third-party web browser.
56 min video
Ignition Community Live with Travis and Kevin
Join us for a special edition of Ignition Community Live featuring Inductive Automation's Co-Directors of Sales Engineering, Travis Cox and Kevin McClusky. Travis and Kevin will expertly guide you through a lengthy and detailed demo of the most polished and powerful version of Ignition ever: the soon-to-be-released Ignition 8.1! You’ll get to see 8.1’s stunning new features in action, including Perspective Workstation, Perspective Symbols, Quick Start, Power Chart, improved tag browser, and more. After the demo, Travis and Kevin will take time to answer your questions live. Even if you saw our introduction of 8.1 at the 2020 Ignition Community Conference, you won’t want to miss this deeper dive into the new release, so reserve your spot on the webcast now!
65 min video
Ignition Community Live with the Ignition Cross-Industry Collective
Where did the collective come from? Where is it going? Where do you fit in? Join us in unfolding the answers!
36 min video
Ignition Community Live with Kent Melville
A look at how Ignition is designed to be object oriented and dynamic from the ground up. We will be reviewing UDTs, parameterized views (embedded, repeated, and on a canvas), styles, themes, dashboards, parameterized URLs, bindings, and scripts.
56 min video
Ignition Community Live with ECS Solutions and Swedish Match
This is a look at how Swedish Match North America arrived at using the Ignition platform to solve real business need, and how their IT Department drove this initial investment at their Owensboro Factory.
32 min video
Controlling Industrial Processes Remotely and Securely
In the wake of COVID-19, the ability to remotely access and control critical processes is not only recommended for industrial organizations — it has become absolutely essential. The Ignition platform makes it easy to set up remote control on any system; however, you should take the proper steps to keep your process safe from threats.
62 min video
Ignition Community Live with Grantek and Opto 22
The power of Ignition by Inductive Automation can be further realized with rich data from the plant floor. Grantek and Opto 22 will share and demonstrate how to use Ignition software with the groov RIO edge I/O system and Ignition Edge-enabled groov EPICs to quickly obtain ancillary sensor data and secure your legacy PLC systems, allowing you to fully optimize your manufacturing operations at scale. This Ignition Community Live features Doug Yerger, Principal Engineer at Grantek, in a conversation with Benson Hougland, Vice President at Opto 22. They will discuss how to improve processes, reduce maintenance costs, and obtain better data for business decisions.
54 min video
From Edge to Cloud in Record Time
INS helped ARB Midstream build a SCADA system for an oil pipeline, do hardware upgrades, create a new network, and build a new control room — all in just six months.
5 min video
Ignition Community Live with Corso Systems
With Perspective geolocation data is easier to capture than ever before. Using the built-in map components you can build powerful interfaces for tracking people and assets. We will discuss how to use the map components with the Perspective app for mobile device tracking, and third-party GPS units to geolocate people and devices without the Perspective app. Use cases will include geofencing, to alert when devices are in a particular location, including pulling up a corresponding HMI screen for a technician at a remote location, tracking asset movement throughout the world using historized data sent via MQTT, integrating geolocation data with EXIF data from images to display images on the map at the correct coordinates, and tracking the spread of Covid-19 with a Perspective app.
44 min video
Ignition Community Live with Ray Sensenbach
Theming in Perspective allows users to customize the look and feel of their Perspective projects at a broad level. In this webinar, we’ll take a deep dive into this powerful new feature covering everything from the basics of theming through to developing a custom theme using your company’s brand colors. This session is for anyone who wants to follow a hands-on example of themes in action.
37 min video