Case Studies

Thousands of organizations around the world use Ignition to improve their processes. Here are some of their stories.

Case studies in our most popular industries:
  • Water/Wastewater
  • Oil and Gas
  • Food and Beverage
  • Manufacturing
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case study Pharmaceuticals

Variety of Connections, Unlimited Licensing Aid Cancer Therapy

Autolus Therapeutics is working hard to deliver life-changing benefits to cancer patients.

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case study Manufacturing

Two Companies Assist University with Engineering Education

For engineering students, experience with real-world tools can be very beneficial.

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case study Manufacturing

Improved Efficiency and Reporting for Large Manufacturer

Atlas Copco is a global company based in Stockholm, Sweden, with 40,000 employees worldwide.

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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.

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case study Food and Beverage

SCADA and MES Connect with SAP in New Plant

AriZona Beverages implemented a system based on Ignition and Sepasoft MES for its SCADA integration with SAP. Learn more in this Ignition SCADA case study.

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case study Oil and Gas

From Edge to Cloud in Record Time

In under six months, ARB Midstream built a complete Ignition SCADA system for an oil pipeline with 37 sites while upgrading hardware, creating a new network, adding edge computing, and more.

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case study Agriculture

Ignition Meets FSMA Requirements for Better Food Safety

SmartWash Solutions is based in Salinas, California, near Silicon Valley and the California Central Valley — one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world. It’s the perfect location for a food-safety technology company. SmartWash cares a great deal about food safety. That’s why it’s enabling data collection and analysis for its customers, and also helping those customers meet requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) created FSMA to strengthen prevention of foodborne illness.

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case study Food and Beverage

Entire Brewing Process on a Single Software Platform

MadTree Brewing in Ohio starts using Ignition for its brewery SCADA system as the company grows rapidly. Learn about brewing beer with SCADA in this Ignition case study.

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case study Manufacturing

Leveraging Data from More Than 20 Applications Built on Ignition

JMA has built more than 20 applications on top of the Ignition platform, and plans to create even more in the future. The flexibility of Ignition allows JMA to quickly design whatever it needs. The software also gives JMA numerous options when it comes to absorbing data and analyzing it. The result has been a rise in productivity.

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case study Pharmaceuticals

Pharma Company Meets Standards for 21 CFR 11 with Ignition

When Bachem Americas needed a system for human-machine interface (HMI) and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), it required one that could not only improve its processes, but also satisfy requirements from the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA’s Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 11 — also known as 21 CFR 11 — establishes rules for the use of electronic records and signatures, covering authentication, confidentiality, integrity, availability, and more.

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case study Energy

Solar-Power Provider Improves Integration, Data Analysis, and Reporting

DEPCOM has been using Ignition for its solar SCADA system to monitor and control its solar power plants since 2015. Learn more in this SCADA case study from Inductive Automation.

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case study Agriculture

Early Success with Ignition Leads to Expanded Role

When CFF wanted a comprehensive software package that could run processes across several departments while collecting and analyzing data, it turned to Ignition by Inductive Automation®. Ignition is an industrial application platform with numerous tools for building solutions in human-machine interface (HMI), supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

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case study Water/Wastewater

Ignition Increases Flexibility, Lowers Costs for Two Water Utilities

Both Mountain Regional Water District and Park City Water have seen significant improvements since switching from their previous SCADA systems to Ignition. MRW saves more than $400,000 per year on energy with greater control from Ignition. Park City saves the equivalent of one full-time employee by using Ignition to automate its reports to a state agency. Both utilities plan to do more with Ignition in the future. And operators are becoming more engaged with the data at both organizations, creating their own screens in Ignition.

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case study Agriculture

Largest Cherry Production Line in the World Thrives on Ignition

Ignition enables Prima Frutta to share data about the line with workers throughout the plant. Every day, 10 managers and 900 other employees get data from more than 120 video screens around the facility. The screens are three different sizes: 27 inches, 32 inches, and 60 inches. Every year, Prima Frutta adds more monitors.

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case study Transportation

Clearing for Take-Off with Ignition

After understanding the needs for this particular project, we felt that Ignition was tailor-made for this. It’s a very open system, and we like the development and operation environment. We thought it was well-suited for this type of web-based system.

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case study Food and Beverage

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Makes Ignition Its Go-To SCADA Solution

Ignition expands the limits of SCADA for breweries by providing more features for IT and the ability to grow their SCADA systems exponentially. Learn more in this Ignition SCADA case study.

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case study Chemicals

SCADA Aids New Approach to Process Safety Studies and Training

Safety training of industrial personnel is extremely important, and while most training techniques are well established, there’s always room for improvement.

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case study Utilities

New SCADA Helps to Heat Second-Largest City in Denmark

Aarhus chose Ignition for their district heating software and their SCADA solution for district heating system, and connected about 700,000 tags and 150 devices.

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Creating a Smart Field with 114 Sites in Just Eight Months Peggie Wever Thu, 11/11/2021 - 14:25

NGL Energy Partners is a diversified midstream oil & gas company that provides multiple services to producers and end users, including transportation, storage, blending, and marketing of crude oil. To improve its operational efficiency and revenue-generating capabilities, NGL embarked on an ambitious project that created a new supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system for its saltwater disposal facilities. The new system connects assets in several states from field to enterprise and provides communication from site to site. The result is a smart field that includes 114 water treatment and disposal facilities, 178 pipeline tie-ins, 31 boosters, and around 1.25 million tags.
 
Site-to-site communication allows NGL to optimize its routing of wastewater among its locations. Each node in a sector knows the capacity at other nodes, allowing NGL to maximize usage and increase revenues. The new system has also improved NGL’s operations. To create the system, NGL worked with system integrator Texas Automation Systems (TAS), a company that specializes in the design, development, and commissioning of PLC, SCADA, and industrial networking systems. TAS worked closely with NGL, Inductive Automation, and Cirrus Link Solutions to make the smart field a reality.
 
Cirrus Link Solutions is an industry leader providing software to connect OT data to SCADA systems and IT enterprise applications. For SCADA, NGL chose Ignition by Inductive Automation®. Ignition is an industrial application platform with numerous tools for building solutions in SCADA, human-machine interface (HMI), and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

No Limits

NGL’s solution includes MQTT publish/subscribe capabilities among edge devices — going beyond the usual method of edge devices publishing but not subscribing. The new SCADA system also provides scalability, flexibility, unlimited licensing, and rapid development. “The unlimited licensing model provided by Inductive Automation gives NGL peace of mind,” said Matt Jones, director of operational technology for NGL. “We were able to rapidly grow our system without constantly going back and requesting new licenses for additional tags.”
 
With Ignition, there are no additional costs for adding clients, screens, tags, devices, or connections. NGL is growing rapidly, and unlimited licensing makes expansion faster and easier. “Ignition has really changed the way NGL does business, from the way we operate our facilities, to importing large amounts of data into data lakes and performing analytics,” said Jones.
 
Faster development has also helped. “The ability to create templates inside of Ignition allowed NGL and TAS to rapidly deploy custom screens for our facilities,” said Jones. “We have over 600 different views.” Conditions change quickly in the field, so NGL appreciates the ability to make changes on its own. And the Ignition Perspective Module gives NGL numerous mobile capabilities. “Perspective was a huge deciding factor in NGL selecting Ignition as our SCADA system,” said Jones. “Operators in the field seeing real-time data on mobile devices has been a real game-changer for us.”
 
NGL now has a deeper look into its saltwater disposal operations thanks to the Ignition implementation from TAS. “When they have trucks coming in, they don’t have to reject any water, because they’re able to move that water to a facility that has capacity to take it,” said Brad Byrum, president of TAS.

MQTT a Crucial Piece

The MQTT modules for Ignition, created by Cirrus Link, were especially helpful in dealing with two key issues for NGL: remote locations and limited bandwidth. “The benefits of MQTT were the low bandwidth consumption, which helped with our cellular communication, and the ability to push all the data from the edge to a centralized broker, and then share that information with anyone that wanted to subscribe to it,” said Will Baker, automation consultant with TAS. 
 
“MQTT was critical to this project,” said Byrum. “Its ability to do publish/subscribe at the edge was extremely valuable. And its reduced bandwidth requirements enabled us to use cellular modems for almost all the communications at the edge, which would have been difficult to do using normal polling technologies.”
 
To help with the MQTT aspects, NGL and TAS brought in the unique expertise of Cirrus Link Solutions. Arlen Nipper, president and CTO of Cirrus Link, co-invented MQTT with Andy Stanford-Clark. “NGL wanted to use MQTT to do some pretty disruptive stuff in their SCADA system,” said Nipper. “Not only did they want more secure, redundant, and reliable communications into the central Ignition gateway, but they also wanted to accomplish peer-to-peer communications.” Setting up the peer-to-peer required customization of Cirrus Link’s MQTT modules, but everyone worked together to produce the needed solution.

Fast Work

Nipper said the Sparkplug B specification — which defines how MQTT should be used in industrial settings — saved NGL a lot of time. “With 114 sites and over a million tags, TAS couldn’t spend a lot of time configuring tags at both remote sites and the headend,” said Nipper. “So with Sparkplug, they could define the tags in the field and have those automatically published and discovered at the Ignition gateway. This gives NGL a single source of truth.”
 
Like Nipper, TAS’ Byrum was impressed with the speed at which the solution was created. “The most interesting aspect of this was the high degree of collaboration between Inductive Automation, Cirrus Link, and our development team to create a custom gateway that enabled pub/sub at the edge. That hadn’t been done prior to this project,” said Byrum.
 
Jones noted that the solution was so popular, more and more people at NGL are using it. “When we rolled out Ignition, our ops team was the first to utilize it,” said Jones. “Now our accounts team, execution team, and executives all use the platform.”
 

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Dallas, and provides best-in-class services
in automation system design, integration,
programming, and commissioning. For more
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case study Automotive

Automotive Supplier Moves Faster with New SCADA/MES

Veoneer, a leading global supplier for the automotive industry, chose Ignition to quickly build a new SCADA & MES solution. Discover the power of Ignition SCADA in automotive industry control systems.

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case study Energy

Digital Transformation for 18 Hydroelectric Power Plants

Taking care of our planet requires commitment and leadership. Engie has displayed both in its expansion of renewable energy production, such as hydroelectricity.

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case study Water/Wastewater

Utility Replaces Five SCADA Systems with One

The Utility Department at the City of Fort Smith, Arkansas, provides water and wastewater services to 150,000 people.

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case study Food and Beverage

Distributor Case Study: EFA Automazione S.p.A.

Orva uses Ignition for better production in the food industry.

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case study Building Automation

Distributor Case Study: EFA Automazione S.p.A.

The South Tyrol Museum leverages Ignition for perfect environment control.

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