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To get started with Ignition, its helps to have a general idea about the major steps involved in designing your SCADA/HMI projects. Although, there are many creative and innovative ways of using Ignition to do almost anything you want, but most users will go through the steps provided here.
The Ignition Gateway is a web server. When it is running, you access it through a web browser. For example, if you are logged into the computer that you installed Ignition on, open up a web browser and go to the address:
and it will launch Gateway and bring up the Gateway Homepage as pictured here.
The first time you go to the Gateway Homepage, it shows you 5 common steps to help you get started. You can follow along with these steps and/or with the step-by-step walk through shown on this page, follow the same basic workflow.
See the following links for the device connection you are interested in:
After you install your database, you can connect it to Ignition. To get detailed descriptions for a number of different database connections, see Connecting to Database. The common steps in connecting to all databases is as follows:
Configure the Connection
After selecting the driver, you'll configure the settings for the connection. Some settings, such as the Connect URL are specific to the driver that you're using.
The default Username is set in the Configure section, under Security > Users, Roles, and going to the manage users link for the User Sourcenamed default. Additionally this Username must be one of the roles defined in the Configure section, under Configuration > Gateway Settings, in Designer Role(s).
For Project Template, select a template from the drop-down list, for example, you can select the Single-Tier Nav, West & North template.
Rather than starting from a blank project, the templates let you start from one of the eight skeleton projects that already have navigation windows setup. These projects are completely customizable and are designed to help you get started faster.
Click on Create New Project.
The Designer is now launched and you can work on your project!
Once in the Designer, your can create or open a project using the Designer's File > Open menu. The Open/Create Project window is displayed and you can follow the same steps as above to open existing projects or create a new one.
Now that you are in the Designer, a good first step is to create some Tags. You'll use these tags for realtime status and control and to store history with the Tags Historian. Tags are all configured in the Tag Browser panel.
If you have created a device in the earlier step, the easiest way to create some Tags is by dragging the tags from the OPC Browser.
Now that we've created a project, lets launch a Client to see it in action.
admin/passwordcredentials will work.
Click on the notification and the Client will update itself.
Do the following steps to log history data for your tags:
You can see the tag history data, by creating a graph. Your graph can include subplots, axes, and a moving average pen. You can view the runtime data in realtime or historical mode.