Inductive Automation was founded in 2003 by Steve Hechtman, an experienced controls systems integrator, with an idea to make industrial automation software more affordable and easy to implement. The company is based in Folsom, California, the U.S.
The Ignition SCADA platform is Inductive Automation’s main product line. This SCADA platform is widely used in a variety of industries, including oil and gas, wastewater, food and beverage, utilities, energy, research, transportation, chemical processing, mining, aerospace, transportation and other. According to Inductive Automation, they have customers in over 90 countries and 1,200 independent automation integration companies support their solutions.
Inductive Automation first introduced the server-centric architecture for SCADA systems and is considered to be a pioneer of supporting interoperability standards among SCADA vendors. It is also a supporter of Open Source software and the OPC Foundation.
The Ignition SCADA was preceded by two other original products by Inductive Automation: FactorySQL and FactoryPMI.
FactorySQL was an OPC based Middleware product by Inductive Automation. Initially created as a drag and drop OPC to SQL data logger, it later was extended to be a transaction manager and industrial historian. FactoryPMI was a Java based SCADA solution with three main components: the runtime, gateway, and designer.
Inductive Automation consolidated FactorySQL and FactoryPMI with newly developed functions on one platform to release Ignition in 2010. FactorySQL and FactoryPMI became the modules of Ignition, SQL Bridge Module and Vision Module accordingly. Two other modules included into the initial release were Ignition Reporting Module and Ignition OPC-UA Module.
Ignition is an Integrated Software Platform for SCADA systems used to achieve cross-platform web-based deployment. It includes a number of modules, both free and paid, that are developed using the Ignition SDK.
The Ignition modules can be divided into three layers: