Universal control and
embedded ﬁ eld bus controller
SCADA Logic, Soft-PLC, embedded ﬁ eld bus controller: straton is the universal perfect solution, with its
excellent connectivity and elegant ﬂ exibility. straton is able to use communication hardware by all major
manufacturers – from Hilscher or HMS to Woodhead and Phoenix which creates real independence and
freedom of choice for the design of control solutions. This means there are no constraints when choosing
which PLC hardware or which operating system you wish to use.
On the I/O level, straton works as an intelligent ﬁ eld bus controller.
straton reads directly from physical inputs and also writes directly to
straton is included as a ready-to-use solution in many components of
major hardware providers such as Wago and Advantech. There is no
need for a separate installation. Just unpack, connect and power up
the device. Setup is both fast and secure using graphical conﬁ guration
provided by straton are very convincing. This is just
one of the results of the large system library and
the seamless integration into the zenon HMI/SCADA
open, reliable connectivity
necting to other systems – whether they are on the
same level or on a higher level of the automation
straton SCADA protocol (T5 protocol )
The decentralized design of straton ensures conti-
in adjacent areas – a big advantage of ﬁ eld bus con-
Many industries, including food & beverage and
automotive, beneﬁ t from straton’s open design and
connectivity. With straton, you will obtain an af-
fordable piece of technology that creates reliable
applications and that has proved to be an excellent
team player working with many different hardware
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straton delivers advantages at all automation levels.
master control level
as SCADA Logic: with its redundant operation,
process control level
as Soft-PLC: featuring platform independence
and maximum connectivity.
ﬁ eld bus level
as I/O controller: straton is available as an
out-of-the-box PLC from various hardware
for ﬂ exible, secure and connective control.
for intelligent hardware with direct
connection at the ﬁ eld bus level.
field bus level
At the process control level, straton is the strong,
real-time capable control unit in the form of a soft-
PLC. At this level, straton acquires and transmits its
data through ﬁ eld buses. At the same time, it allows
connections to a supervisory SCADA system or to a
remote control center.
straton makes it very easy to run HMI and PLC in one system. Its re-
dundant operation guarantees maximum availability, ensuring a clear
overview and saving costs.
A variety of protocols can be used for connecting to systems on the
same level or on a higher level, for example:
straton’s versatility and connectivity is a big advantage for users in
straton’s RTU functions and hardware independence play an impor-
The integrated blue screen management function ensures a fail-safe
system. If the Windows operating system stops, straton keeps run-
ning; offering maximum reliability and availability.
Variable status information can be processed directly in the PLC
application. This gives you the ability to exclude variable values with a
negative quality bit or with an out of date or invalid time stamp from
your PLC calculations.
Used as a Soft-PLC, straton is suitable for use in many industries
because it is a real-time deterministic solution.
The straton soft-PLC works with all Windows oper-
ating systems – from Windows CE or XPe to XP and
Vista – and supports non-volatile data storage. Its
online change function allows changing of parts of
the PLC program during operation without having
to stop processes.
On the system level, special software development
toolkits are available for adding function blocks,
ﬁ eld bus connections and I/O connections.
independent real-time control.
Integrated into COPA-DATA’s zenon SCADA sys-
tem, straton also works as the computing center.
The powerful interface between zenon and straton
guarantees optimum real-time behavior and allows
the processing of large amounts of data in a short
For reliability purposes, master control systems
Logic also follows this philosophy and can run in a
redundant conﬁ guration without any problems.
1. identical controls for simple
In the process control level, you can often ﬁ nd
many identical control units with the same role.
One of these units – usually unit one – takes over
additional central tasks. This makes maintenance
less easy. Changes cannot simply be copied between
the units. If you hand over these central tasks to the
SCADA Logic, you will regain the beneﬁ t of iden-
tical projects on the process control level that are
easier and faster to maintain.
intelligent and efﬁ cient
cesses via zenon; therefore no parallel communica-
tion is required. However, if there is a requirement
for straton to communicate directly with the plant
for communication purposes, you can set up paral-
lel communications easily. straton concentrates the
intelligence of a system in the master control sys-
tem; all functions of a PLC can therefore be used
directly in the master control system.
Status information such as quality bits or time
stamps is available in zenon as well as in the straton
SCADA Logic, which increases the reliability of the
information provided by the application. The stra-
ton SCADA Logic can either launch along with the
operating system, like a soft-PLC, or it can wait for
the call by zenon. If zenon shuts down, the user can
either choose to keep straton running or to allow
straton to shut down simultaneously.
2. free choice of languages
efﬁ cient to process data in zenon. However, VBA
is not always the ideal choice. For example, VBA
may affect process resources. Many users also
prefer an IEC 61131-3 language to VBA – or maybe
require the possibility of cyclical data processing.
The straton SCADA Logic provides all ﬁ ve 61131-3
languages and allows for resource-saving cyclical
straton SCADA Logic is particularly useful for two tasks:
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straton SCADA Logic.
your powerful computing center at the supervisory level.
When used in energy applications, straton is the
perfect solution as a bay controller, control com-
puter or RTU. Its IEC protocol, the handling of the
variable status and additional features such as
FBD/ function chart, CFC, CFC line signal status and
CFC data type line colouring create the perfect con-
ditions for a safe and secure control and command
straton and food & beverage
takes on important tasks in the Line Controller.
With its Weihenstephan standard driver it connects
easily and plays a major part in the calculation of
straton and automotive
The automotive industry also benefits from straton
as sequential control system, as a head controller or
within the control computer. Its seamless redundan-
cy plays an as important role as the step sequence
control or the display of real time values from the
step sequence in the zenon SCADA picture.
The main advantage of straton as a soft-PLC and
protocols are available for standard PC/CE inter-
Additionally, straton allows the use of communica-
turer’s PCI cards:
straton covers all important field bus protocols used
in industrial automation.
straton – One solution for
straton delivers power and reliability to many industries,
such as energy, food & beverage and automotive.
tight connectivity to a wide range of
interfaces and protocols.
Simply install and start programming – the straton
workbench is easy-to-use and efﬁ cient. No ad-
ditional project conﬁ guration or complex tree
structures are required. The workbench supports
all ﬁ ve IEC 61131-3 programming languages.
The auto-complete feature of straton speeds up the
programming process even more. The use of data
type preﬁ xes allows the deﬁ nition of the data type
of variables (data points) automatically.
If you need excellent programming results in a
role. straton is easy to learn, requiring only a little
conﬁ guration and ensures quick implementation.
The straton workbench – an intelligent and ﬂ exible
IEC 61131-3 programming environment – is inte-
grated seamlessly into zenon: delivering consider-
able advantages for engineering tasks. Redundant
variable pools or variable list imports (data point
list imports) are no longer necessary. With a few
mouse clicks in the straton workbench, the user
can conﬁ gure the data to be shown in zenon. This
applies to all data types – basic IEC data types as
well as complex data types such as structures or
Instances of user-deﬁ ned function blocks can
be mapped to structure variables in zenon with a
single mouse click. This allows the display of values
of an instance in a zenon symbol, for example.
If you need to create a large number of similar
projects, in an efﬁ cient and time-saving way, you
can make use of the automatic engineering features
of zenon and straton. Via the Windows Automation
Interface – or COM interface – you can develop VBA
or C# applications that create complete or partial
zenon and straton projects. In this way you can cre-
ate projects without having to code them again and
again, risking numerous errors. Our customers are
already saving up to 90% engineering time!
Rapid project development.
function block diagramm
sequential function chart
straton is a perfect ﬁ t for direct communication with
the master control system zenon. It supports both
spontaneous event-triggered data trafﬁ c and cyclical
The advantage of spontaneous data trafﬁ c is that
value changes will be transmitted to zenon immedi-
ately. This means that the communication line will
only be used when required, which is perfect for
small amounts of rapidly changing data (up to 5000
With cyclical data trafﬁ c, data will be transmitted
at ﬁ xed intervals, which is useful for large amounts
of data, keeping an eye on performance.
conversion for ﬂ exibility
With the straton workbench you will always be
able to program in the language that you prefer at
any particular time, even if other parts of the pro-
grams were written in a different language. straton
makes this easy because its programme converter
can translate from one language of the IEC 61131-3
to another at any time.
managing the library
There are two basic ways of managing libraries in
order to reuse them.
use the straton library manager to create and
manage central libraries that are imported into the
workbench library like standard building blocks.
With distributed engineering, straton drastically
reduces engineering time. Application teams can
work on the same project, programming the PLC
application and the SCADA application in parallel.
perfect communication with zenon hmi/scada.
Logic, soft-PLC or embedded ﬁ eld bus controller.
With its excellent connectivity, high ﬂ exibility and simple handling,
it guarantees secure and fast engineering; and its independence from
hardware and operating systems liberates you from any proprie-
tary ‘shackles’. See how straton supports your projects with refer-
ence projects and your own tests: contact
straton provides many ways of performing in-
depth tests of PLC applications. Errors will be found
quickly and reliably – long before the project is
running in the ﬁ eld.
simulation and debugging
With the straton ofﬂ ine simulation you can test the
logic you created before putting it into real oper-
ation. You can also connect it to a zenon applica-
tion that requires testing. This results in a dynamic
zenon application – without an actual connection
to the real process via the straton ﬁ eld bus drivers.
In ofﬂ ine simulation and online debugging, all fea-
tures necessary for this are available:
Single cycle operation
Single step operation
and much more.
logging with the zenon
If there are any problems, the zenon Diagviewer
will inform you about the events of the straton Run-
time systems and their driver connections. It will
deliver all relevant diagnosis information of the
complete automation unit: from zenon to straton.
This “Single Point of Diagnosis” keeps debugging
efforts to a minimum.
plc online diagnosis in zenon
The PLC online diagnosis complements the debug-
ging features of the straton workbench with the
possibility of displaying the online values of the
PLC code in a zenon picture.
straton: productive, ﬂ exible, secure, connective.
versatile simulation and testing for high reliability.
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