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 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

At MadTree, Ignition connects to 70,000 process tags, 15 process PLCs on the plant floor, 150 process valves, and about 50 sensors. The software enables MadTree to see data more quickly than in the past, enabling better troubleshooting and faster responses. “We’re getting data feedback that we never had before,” said Blevins. “Ignition allows us to look at that data and analyze it quickly.”

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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 uses Ignition for monitoring and controlling solar power plants — and also for data analysis, troubleshooting, design, and reporting. By analyzing historical data from Ignition, DEPCOM continually improves plant performance and efficiency. DEPCOM also likes Ignition for its fast development tools and flexibility in integrating with other platforms.

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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

As the sixth largest brewery in the United States, Sierra Nevada Brewery Company used to have an overwhelming amount of IT requests. However, the tables have turned now that IT personnel have begun using Ignition.

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case study Food and Beverage

World’s Largest Yogurt Plant Thrives on Ignition

Chobani uses Ignition at all three of its plants — on filler and packaging lines, for quality control, in asset management, with enterprise resource planning (ERP), and in capital-expenditure project management. “Ignition has really taken Chobani by storm,” said Hugh Roddy, vice president of global engineering and project management for Chobani. “Once we brought Ignition onboard, it opened up a new world for us.” That includes access to data that Chobani never had before. With Ignition, Chobani can see data from the plant floor all the way up to the executive level.

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case study Food and Beverage

SugarCreek Leverages Ignition for Continuous Improvement and OT-IT Convergence

“Before we put Ignition in, getting real-time data was quite often a struggle,” said Ed Rodden, chief information officer for SugarCreek. “Typically, we were looking at information that was a day old. Now with Ignition, the data is immediately available and highly actionable. It’s a world of difference.”

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case study Manufacturing

World Leader in Aerial Work Platforms Expands on Ignition

JLG began using Ignition in 2014 to better understand its downtime causes. Since then, JLG’s use of Ignition has expanded rapidly. JLG uses Ignition for machine control, data collection, remote alarm notification, reporting, and more. “We’re using Ignition in various areas throughout the plant, and we’re seeing results in machine control and greater efficiency thanks to the downtime tracking,” said Tom Koontz, senior maintenance engineer at JLG.

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case study Food and Beverage

Brewery Improves Efficiency in Multiple Areas with Ignition

To run its main brewery in Escondido, near San Diego, Stone uses Ignition by Inductive Automation® for supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and for its manufacturing execution system (MES). Ignition is an industrial application platform with several tools for creating solutions in SCADA, MES, human-machine interface (HMI), and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

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case study Food and Beverage

Agricultural Cooperative Solves Automation Problems with Ignition

Many problems were resolved with the Ignition architecture, which centralized both historical and real-time data in a single database. This allowed for better management of data overall. Ignition’s licensing model, which provides unlimited licenses at no extra expense, was also helpful. And Ignition’s ability to work with a variety of operating systems also improved things for AFA.

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case study Water/Wastewater

Utility Deploys Ignition for SCADA and Much More

With Ignition, data flows throughout the enterprise, from the plant floor to the executive level — even via mobile devices. Operators have a holistic view of the plant, so they can better understand what’s happening throughout the facility. Operators get advance warnings on overflow events, and the department sees time savings and other efficiencies on a daily basis.

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case study Agriculture

Two Plants, One Solution

With Ignition in place since 2013, Adams has seen many improvements compared to previous systems — including greater efficiency, better visual displays, more data, faster implementation, and easier use. “As a core SCADA program, we’re extremely happy with Ignition,” said Lee Smith, general manager for Adams Vegetable Oils. “In fact, we’re looking at it company-wide.”

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case study Water/Wastewater

Arkansas Utility Leverages Ignition to Work Better and Faster

Cost was a big factor in choosing Ignition. Its unlimited licensing model is an important benefit. “The software we had before charged by the number of tags,” said Mallett. “So if you wanted to upgrade, you’d have to pay more. Our system is growing, so that was a critical consideration. With Ignition, we never have to worry about any additional cost for adding tags.”

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case study Water/Wastewater

Water Agency Welcomes the Future with Ignition

While many water/waste water facilities stick with outdated supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, Aguas de Saltillo in Mexico is taking a different path and accelerating toward Industry 4.0 — and is seeing numerous benefits today.

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case study Water/Wastewater

Ignition Gets It Done for Electric, Water, and Sewer

Ignition is so versatile, CLW will use it across three departments. It’s already working for water and electric, and will be used for waste water too. CLW was introduced to Ignition by systems integrator Brown Engineers.

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case study Chemicals

Ignition Gives New Chemical Plant Room to Grow

Baze Chemical called upon Coherent Technologies to develop a SCADA system that could fit and grow with the needs of the new ethoxylation plant. For Timothy Triplett, the CEO and founder of Coherent Technologies, the challenge of the project was not only in finding the software solution that would best fit Baze's needs, but in anticipating what solutions the plant would need at the start of construction, through the growth of the plant, and finally to the full operation

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case study Building Automation

Jail Enhances Security Network with Ignition

On paper, the security technology that Mendocino County Jail used prior to 2014 was a perfect fit for its day-to-day operations. But in reality, the system had become outdated and its performance was not up to par.

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case study Building Automation

Ignition Proves Effectiveness of Energy-Saving Systems

Enermix, a Finnish integration firm that regularly works with energy systems and building automation, provides a free service that uses Ignition to make sure its customers are getting the most out of their building’s heating system. Due to the extreme winters in Finland, building heating systems are an expensive necessity. Fortunately, with Enermix’s work in Ignition, customers are able to save energy and money and see their month-over-month consumption and savings.

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case study Data Center

Large Data Center, Manageable System

After a number of vendors failed to show American Internet Services (AIS) a system versatile enough for its needs, the company turned to Brown Engineers, a mechanical and electrical consulting firm it had worked with on other projects. Brown Engineers suggested a modular software platform called Ignition by Inductive Automation®.

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case study Water/Wastewater

Ignition Saves City of Hot Springs Several Million Dollars

Brown Engineers’ work with the City of Hot Springs Arkansas resulted in millions of dollars of savings, thanks to Ignition. The city was experiencing challenges with flooding and due to both their topographic location and their large geographic boundaries. With the flexibility, cost-efficiency, and remote capabilities of Ignition, the city saved scores of money in preventative maintenance and future care.

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case study Oil and Gas

Large-Scale SCADA, Small-Scale Cost

Oil and gas company sought to break away from their dependency on the third-party control service by bringing control and data acquisition capabilities in-house. A web-based solution was desired in order to connect the approximately 300 employees who needed access to the data daily on both the field and corporate level. In order to avoid the downtime a transition to a new control system could bring, the company required a control system solution that was easy to use and customized to what staff were familiar with.

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case study Food and Beverage

Automated Data Tracking Saves Time

In the case of a certain major food processor, the company determined that they needed to find a more time-efficient way to track information from their plant floor. With eight major processing facilities at different locations, they have a lot of data to track. In order to ensure the quality of their products, thousands of data points must be tracked including cooking temperatures, water levels, and product quotas.

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case study Containers and Packaging

A Can-Do OEE Solution

Roeslein & Associates, Inc. was tasked was to install an aluminum-can line and data acquisition system in a new plant in Queensland, Australia, and to update the data acquisition systems in three older canning plants, two of which were also in Australia, and one of which was in New Zealand.

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case study Water/Wastewater

Ignition Gets Data Flowing for Water District

The SCADA system at Western Municipal Water District’s Southern California waste water plant was no longer sufficient for their needs, so they asked Trimax Systems, Inc., to implement a new solution. As a well-respected systems integration company, California-based Trimax takes pride in offering great integration services coupled with exceptional value to their customers.

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case study Water/Wastewater

Another Water District Goes 100% Ignition

Olivenhain Municipal Water District renewed their SCADA platform with the power of Ignition. This 34-million-gallon-per-day treatment facility services fifty square miles and services over 80,000 people in San Diego County. The complexities of their plant required a capital upgrade, from completely new screens to an entire new network, which they were able to overhaul with Ignition.

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case study Recycling

Perfecting the Recycling Process with Ignition

When the CarbonLITE plant opened in 2011, it did not have a SCADA system installed. There are about a dozen separate operator interface terminals (OITs) on the plant floor, and each one was running a different type of HMI software by a different vendor. The OITs only displayed their local processes and did not connect with each other.

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case study Oil and Gas

Refining the Crude Oil Process with Ignition

Before using Ignition, Enerchem’s Slave Lake fractionation plant was using an outmoded HMI system that required a lot of attention from the personnel. “With previous HMIs we’ve used in the past, we had to have two to three operators on each panel to be able to control it,” says Kevin Bouchard, director of plants and terminals for Enerchem.

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case study Water/Wastewater

Municipal Water District Goes All-In with Ignition

For a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week water and waste water management operation, having a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system is a must. A SCADA system should make workers’ jobs easier, but if it’s not working properly, or it’s unable to keep up as the enterprise expands and upgrades its processes, it becomes a hassle to deal with.

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case study Agriculture

Ignition Brings Data Together for Grain Facility

Mid Kansas Cooperative, a grain storage and intake facility, worked with KASA Industrial Controls to create a system that carefully monitors their site data. With many complex processes and industry standards, Kansas Mill needed a flexible system that could leverage templates, graphics, and more in an efficient design environment. The facility’s use of Ignition has received rave reviews from operators and management alike.

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