Quick Start Guide
Are you new to Ignition? Here are a few simple steps to get going right away! In very little time, you can get a sample project up and running.
When getting started with Ignition, it 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, we outlined some simple steps that can guide you in setting up a project.
2. Launch the Gateway Webpage
The Ignition Gateway is a web server. When it is running, you access it through a web browser in just two steps.
If you're not already logged into Ignition, enter the credentials for the administrator or user with full privileges for the Gateway.
3. Connect to a Device
With the Ignition OPC UA module and device drivers installed, connecting to a device is simple.
With the Ignition OPC UA module and device drivers installed, connecting to a device is simple. The Programmable Device Simulator, as described below, includes Generic, Dairy and SLC simulator devices. It provides functionality that allows you to create your own simulator program with outputs you define. For more in depth information, refer to Programmable Device Simulator.
Using the Simulator in Ignition version 8.0.7 or before
If you are using the Simulator in Ignition version 8.0.7 or before, click here for the documentation. If you delete your existing simulator (prior to Ignition 8.0.8), adding the new Programmable Device Simulator and loading the same program, will allow addresses within the device to map existing addresses.
- If you are not already logged into Ignition, go to the Gateway webpage. Enter the credentials for the administrator or user with full privileges for the Gateway, and click Login, and click the Config tab.
- Scroll down to the OPC UA section on the left and click the Device Connections link.
- To add a new Device Connection, click the Create new Device... link.
- Select the Programmable Device Simulator and click Next.
- Give the new connection a name and click Create New Device.
- The window will refresh and you'll see your device was successfully created with a status of "Running". Now you can select the program for the simulator by clicking More > edit program.
- From the Load Program dropdown, select a program (i.e., Generic Simulator Program) and click the Load Simulator Program button.
- You will see a number of instructions which expand multiple pages. This is how the simulator creates Tags and sets their values. Click the Save Program button.
- You have the option to modify the program before or after saving if you want to change some of the functionality. If you want to add an instruction, click the Add Instruction link under the last instruction on the screen. You can also Remove and instruction if necessary.
Ignition can connect to many different devices natively with the built-in OPC UA Server.
- Allen Bradley Ethernet
- UDP and TCP Driver
- Programmable Device Simulator
- Third Party OPC Servers
6. Create Tags
With the Designer open, a great first step is to create some Tags. You'll use these Tags for realtime status and control and to store history with the Tag Historian. You can use Drag and Drop to bring Tags into Ignition with the Designer. Once there, Tags are all configured in the Tag Browser panel.
7. Add History to Tags
Storing history for your Tags is simple, and once that's done we can display it on screen in a variety of ways. If you are connected to a database in Step 4, you are ready to add history to some of our Sine Tags.
8. Adding Components
Building your industrial application starts by adding components. Whether you're using the Perspective Module or the Vision Module, adding components is easy, but they each have their own visualization system. It's for this reason, the Quick Start Guide dedicated separate Perspective and Vision pages for how to add components and configure live values. Click the link below to navigate to the respective module's page.
When you open the Designer interface for the first time, the Perspective Page Configuration opens assuming you have the Perspective Module installed, as shown in the Perspective Session image below. If you don't have the Perspective Module installed, the Vision Designer window will open.