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Inductive Automation releases ‘maker’ version of Ignition software for home use


July 3, 2020
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

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Inductive Automation has released a new software platform called Ignition Maker Edition, which gives people free, personal access to the industrial-grade Ignition platform.

Ignition is an industrial application platform used across industries, with tools for building solutions in human-machine interface (HMI), supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

Ignition Maker Edition is free for non-commercial users to create their own “control rooms” for personal use.

Ignition Maker Edition is not intended for industrial, professional or commercial use – it was designed as a free tool for individuals wanting to familiarize themselves with the Ignition platform, hobbyists and students.

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It is cross-platform, and uses technologies like SQL, Python, OPC UA, and MQTT, allowing users to connect to just about any kind of database, PLC, and device.

People can use it to automate the lights in their home, manage a personal weather station, or to build projects for other personal activities.

“The same individuals who are using Ignition every day to optimize production lines, track energy usage and monitor operating conditions can now apply all that knowledge to their personal projects,” says Colby Clegg, vice-president of technology for Inductive Automation.

Ignition Maker Edition is nearly identical to Ignition – it includes the Ignition Perspective Module, which brings new capabilities to phones and tablets. Other modules, also included, enable database connections, alarm notifications, OPC UA functionality, tag historian, reporting and more. The software also supports MQTT modules from Cirrus Link Solutions.