Ignition SCADA

Ignition is published by Inductive Automation
SCADABit LLC is a Gold-Certified Ignition Integrator

Ignition by Inductive Automation is an enterprise cross-platform multi-industry SCADA development platform that provides unlimited tags, alarms, reports, HMI, and unparalleled open flexibility in a stagnant world full of locked vendor software/hardware relationships.

SCADABit can develop and implement complete, turn-key systems of any-size using Ignition.

How much does Ignition cost?

Ignition has flexible pricing options designed for all sizes of systems.

Ignition is a modular system; pricing is broken out into multiple ‘Modules’ that each have a price tag. This means that you only pay for the modules you end up using on a particular system.

Ignition ‘Full-Version’ modules are designed to be unlimited and highly-scalable; capable of working with 1 million+ tags if configured correctly.

There is also a scaled-down version called ‘Ignition Edge’ which can function at the local PLC panel / HMI level (even replacing touchscreen HMI software).

Inductive Automation has public, published pricing at the following link:

Ignition Product Pricing

SCADABit LLC can also provide an additional discount off of list price if you buy/work with us.

What devices are compatible with Ignition?

Ignition uses Java as the base platform, so any device that can run a Java Runtime can utilize ignition.  This includes Windows, Linux, Mac, and mobile devices/tablets.

In the field, this also includes Panel PCs for HMIs and Industrial All-In-One Computers.

Can Ignition run in the Cloud?

Ignition is well-designed for cloud installations.

SCADABit can implement your project from the ground up in the Amazon Cloud (our specialty) or in an alternative provider of your choice (Microsoft Azure, Google, DigitalOcean).

Ignition also works well with SQL-As-A-Service providers such as Amazon Aurora or Microsoft Azure SQL.

Using cloud infrastructure from enterprise providers is a great way to increase reliability, availability, and latency of your SCADA Application to multiple users regardless of their location.

Why do I need to work with an Ignition Integrator?

While Ignition is an amazing, flexible product, going it alone on a new implementation can cost you a great deal of time, money, and unnecessary frustration if you do not have prior experience with the platform.  Working with Ignition at a deep level requires Python/Jython scripting knowledge, understanding of scripting APIs within Ignition, thorough SQL query knowledge and database management experience, consideration of security and networking design methodologies, Java Swing UI Graphics, and much more.

We at SCADABit have been battle-tested in all areas of this platform and are ready to go to work for you.  We are very flexible on the size and scope of our involvement with your project.  Whether you need a turn-key system, help with an existing system, or an extra designer to work with your internal team, SCADABit can deliver.

Can I try Ignition before buying?

Absolutely!

Inductive Automation allows you to install and run Ignition or Ignition Edge software under a 2-hour resettable trial license.

This means that you can develop a large portion of a system without needing to purchase licenses up-front. You can also experiment with the software as much as you wish to see if Ignition is right for you.

Ignition software installers and modules can be downloaded at the link below:

Ignition Downloads

Can Ignition communicate with my Controller / PLC / HMI / Data Source?

Regardless of your device or controller, Ignition likely has a module to communicate with it.

Here is a list of Ignition-provided modules for Industrial Communication:

  • OPC-UA Server/Client
  • OPC-COM/DA
  • Modbus TCP/RTU
  • DNP3
  • Siemens S7
  • Allen-Bradley
  • Omron
  • Raw TCP/UDP Socket Comms
  • Serial
  • MQTT

If your device requires a different protocol, Ignition can be paired with third-party OPC servers with the correct drivers (such as Kepware KepServer, Matrikon, TOP Server) in order to bring more data into the Ignition Platform.

SCADABit is available to consult with you on all of your industrial communication needs.

Can Ignition utilize MQTT?

MQTT (“Message Queuing Telemetry Transport) is a publish/subscribe messaging protocol that works on top of TCP/IP.

MQTT has great benefits such as publish/subscribe data transfer (as opposed to poll/response), lower bandwidth, and increased speed of transfer/reaction to changes in a particular data point or process.

Ignition has partnered with Cirrus Link to provide a rich and reliable MQTT implementation.  Ignition can utilize MQTT and provide additional benefits such as automatic tag creation and communication health metrics.

Learn more by contacting us or by visiting the following Inductive Automation links:

Inductive Automation: What is MQTT?

Inductive Automation: Design IIoT with MQTT

To discuss your own Ignition project, please contact us today!