Implementing IIoT: MQTT Explained and How it Simplifies Digital Transformation

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In this recording, President of Cirrus Link, Arlen Nipper (co-inventor of MQTT), and Director of Sales and Marketing, Kurt Hochanadel, demonstrate the power of MQTT. The presentation steps through the concepts of a solution using MQTT and Sparkplug, highlight where it is used, and how it enables Digital Transformation.

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Leveraging Operational Data in the Cloud

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Let us clear up some of the fog around cloud computing! Arlen Nipper and Travis Cox from Inductive Automation a discuss about the various ways that tag data can be leveraged through cloud services provided by Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. These experts will also show you different ways…

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Practical IIoT Solutions for Manufacturing

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In this recording, Cirrus Link CTO, Arlen Nipper, along with Travis Cox from Inductive Automation, and Tom Hechtman from Sepasoft present a variety of IIoT architectures utilizing the Ignition platform and the MQTT protocol that can supercharge your applications, get your enterprise more connected, and help you do more with your data.

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What is MQTT: Implementing MQTT in Ignition: Video 1

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Arlen Nipper discusses the invention of MQTT and how it became the simple and lightweight publish/subscribe messaging protocol we know today. Arlen covers MQTT specifications, messaging standards, and where MQTT is being used.

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How MQTT Works: Implementing MQTT in Ignition: Video 2

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Arlen Nipper goes over the definitions and components you need to understand about MQTT architectures, including publish-and-subscribe, publishing on a topic, topic namespace, payload, MQTT brokers, and MQTT clients.

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MQTT Sparkplug Specification: Implementing MQTT in Ignition: Video 3

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Sparkplug is a specification that defines how to use MQTT in a mission-critical, real-time environment. Arlen Nipper walks through what Sparkplug can do for you in terms of operational data, advancing from legacy register/value information to a single source of truth at the edge. Arlen breaks down MQTT Sparkplug architecture,…

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MQTT & Ignition: Implementing MQTT in Ignition: Video 4

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Arlen Nipper discusses Ignition in digital transformation, looking at using a different architecture for OT infrastructures and demonstrating a superior solution. Arlen goes over legacy approaches, poll/response protocols, MQTT modules, middleware, and Sparkplug benefits.

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MQTT Distributor Module: Implementing MQTT in Ignition: Video 5

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Travis Cox downloads, installs, and configures the MQTT Distributor Module for Ignition. The module enables MQTT clients and applications to securely connect, publish, and subscribe to data, supplying data to both operational and business applications throughout the enterprise.

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MQTT Transmission Module: Implementing MQTT in Ignition: Video 6

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Travis Cox installs and configures the MQTT Transmission Module for Ignition. This module allows you to publish any configured tag in Ignition such as OPC, memory, and more to an MQTT server so that applications can subscribe to that data.

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Using The MQTT Transmission Module to Publish Data: Implementing MQTT in Ignition:Video 7

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Travis Cox takes a deeper dive into the MQTT Transmission Module, covering the different ways you can publish data to a single MQTT server or to multiple MQTT servers in parallel. Travis also goes into how to configure service sets and transmitters inside a transmission to accomplish different tasks.

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MQTT Engine Module: Implementing MQTT in Ignition: Video 8

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Travis Cox installs and configures the MQTT Engine Module for Ignition. The module allows us to connect to an MQTT server and subscribe to data.  It will automatically discover all the data that’s there and turn that data into usable tags in Ignition that you can add configuration to.

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Allow Outbound Tag Writes: Implementing MQTT in Ignition: Video 9

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By default, when you install the MQTT Engine Module, there’s a setting that blocks the device tag writes. Travis Cox shows how to allow outbound tag writes using the MQTT Engine Module so you can write down to a tag in the PLC on the other side.

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