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Integrator Panel: Which New Technologies are Fads or the Future
During this panel discussion, you'll hear the leaders of some of the Ignition community's most successful integration companies discuss new technologies and innovations that are evolving the industry. Ideas and terms like IIoT and the cloud once seemed foreign but are now increasingly commonplace within the industrial sphere. What new trends and innovations will prove to be more than just buzzwords, but actual mainstays key to a company’s future success? How are automation professionals responding to these technologies? Hear our expert integrator panel answer these and other questions as they discuss what actually adds value within the industry and what's just hype in this fascinating panel discussion.
59 min video
3 Tips to Evolve Your Ignition System's Communication to PLCs
In this session, you'll get some great Ignition tips for communicating to PLCs. You'll learn about writing to separate tags to ensure data integrity and robust logic, leveraging direct OPC reads to obtain data synchronization, and using JSON-derived tags to reduce communication load with a PLC-hosted OPC UA server.
33 min video
Supporting Worldwide Digital Transformation with Ignition in the Cloud
Ignition is capable of more than just SCADA; it can support digital transformation by offering the possibility to create parametric services in a secure, scalable, and cost-effective way. HTC uses Perspective, the WebDev Module, and REST APIs on a cloud platform to help their international customers complete their digital transformation journeys. In this session, HTC will illustrate the architecture they use and their customers' results by using a scalable, secure, mobile, geographically distributed system that enables services like Big Data and Artificial Intelligence. In addition, Ignition back-end and front-end architectures, gateway networks, high availability, Ignition Edge, and MQTT will be addressed in this session.
31 min video
Embracing the Cloud: How 4IR Solutions' Ignition-Powered Platform Accelerates Life Sciences and Manufacturing
Industrial organizations, particularly in regulated industries like Life Sciences, have historically been hesitant to store GxP data in the cloud. But with COVID-19 pushing many organizations into accelerating their digital transformation roadmaps, the cloud has become a differentiating, and in some cases essential, technology that allows manufacturers to stay competitive through cost savings while enabling new ways to drive value. With deep experience in the Life Sciences industry, 4IR Solutions has developed a new cloud-hosted platform powered by Ignition, designed to meet the unique regulatory and compliance challenges faced by Life Science manufacturers, including Data Integrity and 21 CFR Part 11. This session will provide an inside look at how this platform makes Ignition a Smarter, Faster, Stronger tool by putting security first while enhancing Ignition's core capabilities through integration with cloud-native technologies. Executives from 4IR Solutions will provide an overview and demonstration of the platform and discuss how system integrators and manufacturers alike can leverage their existing Ignition skills to deliver secure, compliant, and cloud-enhanced solutions on top of 4IR's managed platform.
19 min video
OMG APIs - How and Why You Should Integrate with Ignition Using APIs
In this session, you'll see various use cases that integrate Ignition with APIs to enrich applications and solve real-world problems such as alerting for location tracking, weather monitoring, integrating with a firewall — and something fun! You'll also learn through demonstrations about using authentication with API keys.
28 min video
Industry Panel: Enterprise Evolution - Successes and Challenges of Digital Transformation
Shifting away from manual data processes through digital transformation has proven to be critical for a company’s stability, security, and growth, but it’s also easier said than done. Join thought leaders and experts from various automation verticals as they discuss the challenges and benefits of digital transformation at the enterprise level, share their personal experiences, and answer your questions about digital transformation.
59 min video
Collaborating on Digital Transformation for Enterprise Scale!
A panel of longtime Ignition users and integrators discuss the challenges and successes of tackling Ignition deployments at an enterprise scale. Learn about how collaboration with other integrators can unlock opportunities to take on global projects. We will discuss what it's like to have three to four different companies working together to complete a project and how to make sure the customer's needs are always front and center.
29 min video
Ignition Platform: Enabling Scripting for Smart Manufacturing
In this session, Automation Excellence will be showcasing three case studies that highlight the power, flexibility, and versatility of the Ignition Platform to adapt to multiple industrial applications, including HMI, SCADA, MES, and IIoT. In addition, you'll learn how Ignition works with other smart ecosystems through its open connectivity, ability to work with multiple product vendors, and support of numerous communication protocols.
32 min video
Creating Perspective Graphics Using Inkscape
This session will offer a quick introduction to the Inkscape vector design program and a hands-on demonstration of how to use Inkscape to create SVG files, import them into Perspective, and animate them in Ignition.
31 min video
Keeping the Cure, Secure:COVID-19 Vaccine Batch Monitoring
Johnson & Johnson's pharmaceutical arm, Janssen, embarked on a global effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and worked with a contract manufacturer to supply one billion doses of vaccine. Large-scale manufacturing of Janssen's vaccine would occur at the contract manufacturing site, specializing in rapidly manufacturing vaccines and other treatments in large quantities during public health emergencies. Janssen required access to near-real-time data to monitor key production and quality metrics and to assure the success of each batch. The contract manufacturer's Operation Technology infrastructure of control systems and data collection is isolated from internal and outside networks — particularly networks with internet access. The contract manufacturer tasked Automation Control Concepts (ACC) with creating a secure data pipeline providing this information to Janssen, which is an evolution in the collaboration between contract manufacturers and vaccine developers, as historical data is usually exchanged via Excel or text files after the batch is completed. In this session, learn how ACC used Ignition to provide the real-time data required to react to deviations immediately and save batches that would otherwise be lost.
18 min video