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Ignition v7.9.9: Smoother Mobile Connections & Over 40 Other Improvements Kathy Applebaum Mon, 07/23/2018 - 09:54
Things are very busy here in Inductive Automation’s software engineering division. We are working full speed on getting Ignition 8 done, and we hope you will be as excited as we are about all of its new features. But that doesn’t mean we’ve stopped working on Ignition v7.9. In fact, we’ve just released Ignition v7.9.9, which contains over 40 new features and bug fixes.
Beach Balls, Badminton, and BBQ: Highlights from IA’s Annual Company Picnic Lauren Walters Thu, 06/21/2018 - 08:20
Promontory Park in Folsom, California, is well-known locally for its enormous playground and kid-friendly activities, but on Saturday, June 9th, the park was filled with a slightly older crowd of fun-seekers: the staff of Inductive Automation and their families. It’s the _sixth_ annual picnic for IA, and every year there are new fun surprises. HR staffers Kristi and Madeline were responsible for the event’s rousing success, planning everything from delicious treats to engaging games, and even raffling off fun summer necessities like beach towels, pool floats, and sunscreen.
12 Powerful Ways to Use PLCs with SQL Databases - Part 2 Lauren Walters Mon, 06/18/2018 - 07:51
The Ignition SQL Bridge Module goes above and beyond as a tool for connecting SQL databases to Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs). With SQL Bridge’s multi-functional capabilities, Ignition community members have implemented sophisticated solutions for their industrial control systems that would have otherwise been a costly use of time and resources. In part one of this series, we discussed Co-Director of Sales Engineering Travis Cox’s first six applications of SQL Bridge, which he presented in the webinar “12 Ways to Use PLCs and SQL Databases Together”, which included barcode scanning, scheduling, and other connective operations. In this second post, we’ll explore six additional uses of SQL Bridge, from recipe management, to OEE, to handshaking, and more.
12 Powerful Ways to Use PLCs with SQL Databases - Part 1 Lauren Walters Tue, 06/12/2018 - 07:41
Before he founded Inductive Automation, our CEO Steve Hechtman worked as a control system integrator and often encountered the obstacle of being unable to make operations-side data available to the IT side. This inspired Steve and his team of developers to create a tool — now known as the Ignition SQL Bridge Module — that moves data bidirectionally between PLCs and SQL databases using OPC. Since then, members of the Ignition community have used the versatile capabilities of the SQL Bridge Module to implement many creative and effective solutions in their industrial systems. Co-Director of Sales Engineering Travis Cox highlighted a dozen of the most useful SQL Bridge tips in the webinar “12 Ways to Use PLCs and SQL Databases Together.” In this two-part blog series, we’ll unpack each of these tips in some detail.
Why People are the Real Key to Machine Learning David Dudley Thu, 05/17/2018 - 07:40
Machine learning (ML) technology has existed for decades and, with all of the recent interest in IIoT and Industry 4.0, now seems to be capturing the attention of more manufacturers. A lot of our Ignition community members have shown interest in the subject, and our Co-Directors of Sales Engineering Travis Cox and Kevin McClusky, and Senior Software Engineer Kathy Applebaum, shared some of their collective knowledge about ML on a recent "Design Like a Pro" webinar.