straton

A software for industrial automation

The straton IEC 61131-3 solution from COPA-DATA is based on a modular structure that takes into account a wide variety of options. Thus the tool can be adapted to all types of hardware and environments. For example: using the basic straton development environment or integrating some of its components into an existing structure.

Customizing the editor

The software layer is an important part of automation applications, especially for the design of the application. Hardware manufacturers must offer open, ergonomic editors that comply with the IEC 61131 standard.

The straton development environment is a ready-to-use tool that supports the IEC 61131-3 standard and all the necessary complementary tools.

The hardware manufacturer can integrate additional configuration tools for its own I/O boards, fieldbus solutions, and any specific add-on module. An example of a plug-in module is available for the ML package.

If required by the manufacturer, COPA-DATA provides a development kit which allows an OEM to customize the straton editor and its specific features.

It is possible to customize a large number of elements such as: product name, product logo, “About” description of the tool, help files or the installation procedure.

Integration of straton controls in an OEM environment

In the case of an existing development environment (Framework .Net, QT, MFC), it is possible to integrate graphical components called “controls”. Each control can be loaded and managed via a standard interface in the different environments.

A large number of controls are available: from IEC 61131-3 language editors to fieldbus configuration tools as well as diagnostic tools such as oscilloscopes. An easy to use solution for any OEM who wants to keep their tools familiar to their users.

OEM controls integrated in the straton environment

Another solution available with straton is to create extension modules or controls and to integrate them into the straton development environment, next to the existing controls which are available such as: IEC 61131-3 editor, configuration tools or online diagnostic tools.

COPA-DATA provides a tool to create these extension modules and give the possibility to create programs, variables, input/output configurations automatically.

The packML is an example of the integration of a control realized by COPA-DATA.

Customer cases

AET-Technologies has chosen COPA-DATA and the straton product for fast programming of automation applications under the IEC61131-3 standard.

straton was very quick to learn, the programming is intuitive and the communication with various peripherals is really simple to implement. straton allowed us to create our own control algorithms avoiding the use of many devices. The creation of field blocks allows us to easily reuse pieces of programs and save precious programming hours. Depending on our applications and needs we use various hardware supporting the straton® PLC. This allows us to have a good durability in the follow-up and evolution of our machines.

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Pierre BonnardProject manager at AET-Technologies
How straton accompanied the company TRIO MOTION TECHNOLOGY

Main needs of TRIO MOTION TECHNOLOGY to which COPA-DATA has provided solutions:

  • The program developed by the user is independent of the processor.
  • The programs run quickly and efficiently.
  • Simple creation of function libraries for axis control.
  • Programming interface seamlessly integrated into the existing Trio software to provide an integrated user environment.
  • The IEC 61131-3 runtime adapts to the multitasking operating system Trio so that several languages can be executed in parallel.
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How straton manages the T2 line of the Panama metro 

“We needed a solution that would be easy to deploy and required minimal support and maintenance.The straton IEC61131-3 programming environment made it easy for us to develop the required interfaces to the many devices at each station. The high-reliability of the MMIM has reduced our time on site, allowing us to provide a better service to Metro de Panama.”

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Sebastian ProfiliProject Manager at DL Panama
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