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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
Design Like a Pro: Best Practices for IIoT
The industrial automation industry is benefiting from the incredible opportunities made possible by the Internet of Things (IoT). While the IoT has shown promise within the corporate and consumer environment, there is a great opportunity to unlock the data in the industrial space.
20 min read
IIoT: Combining the Best of OT and IT
Two worlds are converging as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) takes the controls industry by storm. This white paper examines how professionals from Operational Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT) can find common ground to establish the IIoT. Through IIoT solutions such as MQTT, a lightweight communications protocol, industrial organizations can gain the ability to easily collect data from large remote systems and share it with the enterprise level.
15 min read
21 CFR Part 11 Compliance with Inductive Automation’s Ignition Platform
The Ignition platform can be configured to be Part 11-compliant, ensuring data integrity through implementation of ALCOA+ concepts. This white paper will discuss the various components of Ignition that allow for Part 11 compliance and implementation of data integrity principles.
10 min read
Java Security and Ignition
Java has been in the headlines of late for all the wrong reasons and recent Java security concerns have raised some eyebrows among the Ignition user community. In an effort to help put those concerns to rest, this white paper will cut through the media hype and take a hard look at Java security.
14 min read
Evolution of the Control System Engineer
Industrial organizations’ increasing demand for data is causing a convergence between operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT). With their unique perspective on OT-IT convergence technologies and trends, control system integrators are incredibly vital to industrial organizations’ efforts to stay current. Based on an industry survey sent to over 9,000 integrators, this white paper examines the current challenges and future developments for industrial controls professionals.
12 min read
Scalable SCADA: Deploying Ignition in Any Architecture
The Internet continues to transform the way business is done, industries are in transition, new markets are opening, and consumer habits are shifting. Even if your architecture is working well now, is it scalable enough to adapt to unpredictable changes?
12 min read
Design Like a Pro: Optimizing Your HMI
To help you design HMI screens that are optimized to improve performance, we have assembled several design tips. This white paper covers some of the most powerful design principles you can use to optimize your HMI projects: analog displays, trends, emphasis, and navigation.
12 min read
Four Ways Ignition SCADA Speeds Development
Have you ever been trapped in “development hell”? If you’ve been involved in developing software applications, you can probably relate to the feeling. Modern technologies offer many promising possibilities for your enterprise, but the actual process of development can feel endless and painful, especially for control engineers or other professionals who may not have extensive training in software development. In this white paper, learn about the development platform that goes beyond SCADA and gives enterprises in any industry the freedom to develop practically any type of industrial software application.
10 min read
5 Reasons Ignition is More Than Just SCADA Software
In a competitive global economy, it’s crucial to make the most of every asset your company has, including your software. Although supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) software is widely used for monitoring, gathering and processing data, and controlling automated processes, it has many drawbacks and limitations. To name a few: SCADA software is hard to customize, it doesn’t "play well" with other software and systems, it is very expensive to implement and expand, and it doesn’t let you easily access real-time data. See what sets Ignition apart from other SCADA software. Read the white paper for five reasons why you can do so much more with Ignition.
14 min read
The New SCADA Movement That Is Changing Manufacturing
Inductive Automation has made SCADA technology more future-proof through its modular, web-based, and scalable software called Ignition. Many enterprises have been held back from innovating by SCADA software built on outdated technology and sold under restrictive licensing. Ignition, which is best described as The New SCADA, corrects this problem with modern technologies: it is web-deployed, flexible, database-friendly, performs true real-time analytics, features rapid installation and development, and is platform-independent.
15 min read
The New SCADA
Technological change may simply be a fact of modern life but the changes have become bigger and faster in the last few years. Currently, a wave of new technologies is driving major disruption in the manufacturing sector. Big Data and analytics, the Cloud, the Internet of Things, and mobile and social technologies are changing our world and will affect how the successful manufacturers of tomorrow operate.
17 min read
As disruptive technologies transform our world, the greatest risk is not innovating too quickly, but not innovating quickly enough. In the latest thought leadership from Inductive Automation, learn how new technologies are changing the manufacturing industry and how to unlock innovation.
20 min read