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Success stories from professionals in virtually every industry

Success stories from professionals in virtually every industry


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Success stories from professionals in virtually every industry






Manufacturing Trends: As-a-Service, Edge, MQTT, OPC UA & More

Gary Mintchell from The Manufacturing Connection joins Don Pearson to give us his insights on the trends he’s seeing with as-a-service software solutions and the specific value they bring from both the IT and OT perspective. Gary shares the importance of the cloud in relation to edge computing in the industrial space and designing your architecture to get the best of both worlds. They discuss how to utilize OT and IT together to solve common problems, debate whether MQTT and OPC UA are in...


Creating Opportunities with Ignition Worldwide

Inductive Automation’s very own Annie Wise joins us to discuss the benefits, successes, and importance of our International Distributor Program. We hear about how the program got off the ground, the story of our first distributor, what territories currently have partners, and how the program has grown over the years. Annie shares what qualities we look for when partnering with new distributors and tells us about the new international track at the 2021 Ignition Community Conference.


Improving Sustainability in Waste Management

David Hostetter from SCS Engineers and Dennis Siegel from Waste Management join us today to talk about the unique processes and challenges within the waste management industry, from residential to the engineering and life cycles of landfills. We discuss how operational improvements are being made in this essential service and its environmental footprint. They dive into the 24/7 maintenance and monitoring of landfills, adjusting to changing conditions in real-time, reducing cost, generating...


Moving Forward With Industry 4.0

Vikram Kumar, President and CEO of AVG Automation, offers some incredible insight into the world of Digital Transformation and Industry 4.0 technology. In this wide-ranging interview, Vikram surveys the evolution of manufacturing from the invention of the PLC to the present and beyond, looking ahead at which industries and applications will be critical over the next 5-10 years. Our discussion covers the perception of Industry 4.0, overcoming resistance to change, and the considerations...


Amazing SCADA Solutions Around the Globe

We are excited to welcome Rob Valent from ATS Global — one of our top-performing integrators. We discuss the reach ATS has providing automation products and services to a variety of industries and being an independent solution provider for accounts worldwide. Rob shares the success of their global Ignition rollout, having the most Ignition certified engineers worldwide, and a unique pharma project in Denmark that ties into the pandemic. We also discuss having a dialogue with the customer to...


Industrial & Operational Networking in Today's World

Networking and security experts from TOSIBOX share their insights about industrial and operational networking in many different verticals, including building and traffic automation. They share some of the most common pain points in cybersecurity and building global networks, discuss successful IT/OT convergence, and automating networking to make secure remote access much easier. We learn about securing OT networks, take a more technical dive into technology standards for automating...


Evolution of Open Source in Industrial Automation

Eclipse Foundation Executive Director Mike Milinkovich joins us for a discussion all about open source development. We discuss mastering the art of open source to complete digital transformation, the requirements to foster successful software collaboration, providing the infrastructure to enable development in the community, as well as some common misconceptions surrounding open source. Mike also shares his predictions for 2021, and discusses the trends that are having the biggest impact on...


Sharing Ignition with the Next Generation of Engineers

Today we are learning all about Inductive Automation’s University Engagement Program with David Grussenmeyer, who is our University Engagement Manager. We will discuss the ins and outs of this educational outreach program including the vision, early stages, current initiatives, curriculums, what we provide to institutions, and how this program benefits the next generation of engineers. We also dive into building partnerships through the program, share a real-world success story, look into...


Empowering the Edge and the Enterprise

We’re joined by John Miller and Daniel Coffelt from The Integration Group of Americas to discuss their real-world projects in water/wastewater and oil & gas. We’ll hear about the challenges they overcame to successfully migrate an outdated SCADA system to an updated IIoT platform. We’ll cover utilizing Ignition in the enterprise and Perspective as the user interface, taking an edge-first approach, and partnering up with OnLogic. We’ll learn how these solutions are improving visibility,...


Making Innovation More Attainable

Today's episode is all about saving time, money, and energy with Ignition, and the challenges industrial professionals can overcome with the unlimited licensing model. We discuss how our guest got introduced to the software, how to utilize Inductive University, and the best ways to transfer problem-solving knowledge to improve the lives of operators. Learn more about Ignition and Inductive Automation at


Behind the Scenes of Ignition 8.1’s Development

We’re sitting down with Ignition developers Carl Gould and Colby Glegg for a behind-the-scenes look at the release of 8.1. They discuss the biggest priorities for 8.1, explain its benefits for new and existing customers, and even talk about features that didn’t quite make the cut. They also discuss how new Perspective Module features will impact the Vision Module. Plus, they give us a glimpse into the future with potential areas where Ignition can do more, features they’re hoping to get into...


Building Effective Plans for Risk Management

Today’s guest is Technology Director Mike Walden, who’s here to discuss what New Frontier Technologies is doing to help customers identify and solve security risks during process design, project implementation, and in existing systems. Mike covers the process for building risk mitigation plans, shares the most common mistakes and biggest trends he’s seen in preventing cyber security threats, and offers tips for those struggling with risk management. We also talk about where documentation...


Developing a Digital Transformation Strategy

We’re talking to Greg Cantlon, the Client & Consulting Leader for Brock Solutions, to discuss driving value and improvements to operations in water & wastewater and becoming a disruptor in the integration industry. We’re discussing building long-term partnerships with customers, the biggest pain points that motivate customers to upgrade their systems, creating a SCADA master plan, minimizing risk, and where Ignition fits in. Learn more about Ignition and Inductive Automation at...


Protecting Your Control System From Cyber Attacks

We are joined by Ilan Shaya, an expert in the industrial control system security space. He is here to share his insights on security including the biggest risks to OT networks, the common ways cyber attackers gain access to facilities, finding gaps in the security landscape, and best-practice strategies to protect your organization. Ilan also shares some attack stories, cost-effective preventive measures, current trends in cyber defense, and where cyber security for the OT market is headed....


Empowering Everyone with Access to Data

Today’s guest is Dan Stauft, a professional in the food and beverage industry, who shares his process of discovering Ignition, building upon his skills with the platform, empowering staff, and utilizing Ignition inside his company. We discuss getting relevant, actionable data from the plant floor and equipment in front of the decision makers in a manner they can understand to make decisions, improve and reduce costs, and increase efficiencies. Learn more about Ignition and Inductive...


Solving Challenges in the Biopharmaceutical Space

We’re talking to Loe Cameron, a professional in the life sciences industry and a member of the Ignition Cross-Industry Collective. We’re discussing overcoming the pushback against adopting a new software platform, solving automation challenges, introducing new automation solutions into the biopharmaceutical space, creating solutions for the business side with Ignition, and finding wins that everyone can agree on. Learn more about Ignition and Inductive Automation at


Adopting New Technologies & Accelerating Change for Future Success

Craig Resnick from ARC Advisory Group returns to discuss some of the biggest trends and challenges in the industrial market right now. We’re tackling new and disruptive technologies, overcoming resistance to change, the rapid growth of edge computing, open standards in automation, early adoption of new technologies, the evolution of virtual and augmented reality, treating cyber security as a journey, leveraging digital transformation, and differentiating factors that have enabled some...


Moving Data from the Edge to the Gateway

Texas Automation Systems (TAS) joins us to share an MQTT implementation story for an oil and gas company. We discuss the challenges and successes of starting from scratch to design a new control system with site-to-site communication in a field covering many miles, and making it secure. We’ll hear about the benefits of MQTT, and TAS’ advice for developing an MQTT-based system. We’ll also discuss working with Cirrus Link Solutions, TAS’ growth with Ignition, Core training, and becoming Gold...


SCS Engineers on Drones, Remote Solutions, Outreach & More

Dave Hostetter and Philip Carrillo from SCS Engineers discuss remote monitoring and control solutions that help their customers work smarter and play harder. Hear about the landfill gas-flare management system they developed with Corso Systems, which won an Ignition Firebrand Award and includes a game-changing Systems Startup Shutdown Malfunction (SSM) report. You’ll also hear about SCS’s community outreach, their involvement with Engineers Without Borders, advice about enhancing social...


Prime Controls Staying Efficient During Pandemic

In this conversation, we learn how integrators and engineers are adapting and making quick adjustments through uncharted territory during the COVID pandemic. Prime Controls shares some of their challenges and successes as they strive to stay productive and operational during this time. They discuss dealing with the drop in oil prices, forming an executive committee to process information and establish protocols, utilizing automation tools to enable factory acceptance testing remotely, and...