Ignition Reporting enables managers to increase productivity, decrease waste, reduce costs, and increase quality with existing resources by providing a view of their manufacturing process. Managers often save time by automating reporting processes that were once done by hand. Often valuable man-hours that went into creating spreadsheets or reports can be recovered! These reports are trivial to manage since they are generated on the fly from existing SQL database data.
The most noteworthy feature of the Reporting Module is the fact that is integrated into the Ignition system. It provides access to Ignition data including any SQL database, allows as many concurrent clients as the hardware can handle, and shares authentication with your existing Ignition project, all through simple but secure web-based access.
Here are some of the other innovative features of the Reporting Module.
Intuitive Report Design
The Report Designer makes report generation feel just like designing a Vision window, and includes an intuitive layout and drawing tools. Tricks and learned-behaviors from Vision windows are easily transferable to reports.
A host of report-specific components unleash a wealth of possibilities as shown below. Tables can dynamically add pages to account for varying amounts of data, or change appearance based on certain values. Beautiful charts can visualize data. There are even Label and Barcode components so you can create shipping and product labels.
Reporting Module Components that can be used with the Vision Module
The Reporting Module provides several components that can be used with the Vision module. The Row Selector and Column Selector components aid with dataset manipulation, while the File Explorer and PDF File Viewer components allow clients to access files outside of Ignition. There is even a Report Viewer component so reports can be viewed directly from the client.
Scheduled Report Execution
The Schedule Engine allows you to schedule when reports run, and what to do with the report when it's complete such as Email, Print, FTP, or Save as a File!
Supports Multiple File Formats
Reports can be generated in the following formats: CSV, HTML, JPEG,PDF, PNG, RTF, and XML.
Using the Report Module
On the Vision Module
- A report that you create with the Reporting Module can be displayed using the Vision component either in the Designer or the Client.
- You can print and save a report through scripting. You can also right click on the component to print or save which is very useful in the Client. To learn more, refer to the Report Viewer.
On the Trial Version
- All Report functionality is available.
- There is no limit on the number of reports or how you can view or distribute them.
- The only limitation is the watermark on each page.
To take advantage of Ignition's powerful platform, we introduced a new version of the Reporting Module starting in v3. You may see reports created by an older Reporting Module version in your project. You can double-click on them to open up their editor. They will continue to work as they always have without any modification. To learn more about converting reports created by an older version of the Reporting Module, refer to the section on Converting Legacy Reports.
We recommend that you convert your older reports to the latest version to take advantage of the many features of the Reporting Module starting in version 3.