The Startup Guide here is was built using Ignition 8.0. We're currently in the process of upgraded the guide for Ignition 8.1. We appreciate your patience while we update the content in this section.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ignition can connect to many different devices natively with the built-in OPC UA Server.
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.
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.
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.
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 next step in the Startup Guide is separated into two separate pages. 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 workspace will open.