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How Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Uses Ignition to Manage All Aspects of its Business
In evolving from a small regional brewery to become the nation’s third largest craft brewing company, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company has worked with Inductive Automation and used Ignition to help itself scale, operate more efficiently, increase visibility, and make more informed, data-driven decisions.
5 min read
Checklist: Avoid Common Project Mistakes in Data Collection, HMI Design & Scripting
It’s easy to make mistakes. We’ve all done it! Sometimes we complete a task in an inefficient or overly complex way. Other times we only discover a mistake after the fateful copy/paste that breaks an entire screen. Luckily, with Ignition it’s just as easy to fix mistakes and in the process create reusable assets that save development time. Below, we’ve compiled a checklist to help you avoid common mistakes and make your project as efficient as possible.
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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.
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Ignition Community Live: Flexibility, Scalability, and Mobility for Clover South Africa
Leading South African branded foods and beverages group Clover Industries adopted Ignition to meet crucial system technology requirements. In this discussion, Francois and Deon from Clover share their needs, architecture overview, and multi-site implementation approach, including new standards and templates and the coordination of several system integrator partners. We'll also talk through the valuable lessons learned and challenges overcome during implementation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Common Project Mistakes: Visualization, Alarms, and Security
Whether you’re a seasoned professional or new to industrial automation, everyone makes development mistakes now and then. But some mistakes are more common than others. Understanding how to avoid these integration issues will not only improve your current projects, but equip you with the tools and techniques necessary to streamline development and reduce rework in the future.
53 min video
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