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. In very little time, you can get a sample project up and running.
1. Download and Install Ignition
Installation is simple and can be done in under 3 minutes! Let's get started and install now.
Find more information on our Installing and Upgrading Ignition page.
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 programs. Furthermore you can modify the existing programs to provide custom data points. 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.
If you are not already logged in to the Gateway webpage, click on the Config tab and press the Log In button.
Enter the credentials and password for the administrator or user with full privileges for the Gateway.
- Scroll down to the OPC UA section on the left to Device Connections.
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 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 at the bottom of the page.
- 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 the 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
- Omron NJ Driver
- Programmable Device Simulator
- Third Party OPC Servers
4. Connect to a Database
After you install your database, you can connect it to Ignition. Alternatively, you can have Ignition create an internal SQLite database, which is ideal for testing, demonstrations, and just getting started. This next section will show how to create and connect Ignition to a SQLite database.
6. Create Tags
With the Designer open, a great first step is to create some Tags. Once there, Tags are all configured in the Tag Browser panel. You'll use these Tags for realtime status and control and to store history with the Tag Historian.
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 (Step 4) , you are ready to add history to some of our Sine Tags.
8. Adding Components
Now it's time to start building a screen. Click the link below to continue on to the next steps in this tutorial.