straton

Flexible and intuitive IEC61131-3 automation platform that makes your life easier

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straton software covers all areas of industry and automation control, from embedded solutions to soft PLCs. It is mainly dedicated to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), as well as hardware and software manufacturers.

The IEC61131-3 Editor is an intuitive and powerful development environment allowing you to develop your applications as easily and efficiently as possible. The low-footprint Runtime takes care to execute this application on your device. Finally, many straton tools allow you to customize all of it to fit your needs.

Presentation of the straton industrial automation software

straton is a polyvalent automation and data processing environment for embedded platforms, compliant with the IEC61131-3 standard. The straton software consists of development tools, an integrated Editor and a Runtime engine. It is available as a complete suite or as individual software components.

The Editor allows to develop applications with the different IEC61131-3 languages (ST, FBD, SFC, LD, IL). Tools are available for fieldbus configuration, automated configuration and online project diagnosis.

The Runtime ensures the processing of the IEC61131-3 application developed with the Editor. It can be integrated on any software platform – independently of the hardware configuration and operating system – and supports a wide set of drivers and communication protocols such as Modbus, Profinet, BACnet, CANopen, Powerlink, IEC61850 and IEC60870. It allows manufacturers to offer more flexibility to their employees or final users for the programming of their equipment. Those can be PLCs, intelligent man-machine interfaces (such as dashboards), motor or axis control, RTU (for energy or utilities), embedded systems or even production machines.

Small equipment, such as on-board computers, or industrial equipment like special machines, pump controllers, weighing equipment and variable speed drives are concerned. straton thus responds to the needs of embedded-systems, platform and industrial-automation systems manufacturers, as well as the needs of the utilities sector professionals (production and distribution of water, gas and electricity).

Additionally, the integration of straton into the zenon software platform from COPA-DATA makes it easy to extend projects from field level to SCADA level at any time.

Around fifty communication stacks and drivers are supported. Most of the time for both the Client/Master and Server/Slave sides. It goes from the common protocols (Modbus, CAN, CANOpen…) through Industry 4.0 related ones (OPC UA, MQTT…) to the fast ones (Profinet, Powerlink, Ethercat…) and Energy related ones (IEC61850, IEC60870, DNP3…).

The possibility to communicate over TCP/IP as well as a serial link, to create a shared memory on your device or even to share variables with an embedded webserver, allows you to develop and deploy sophisticated applications, answering to most of the market needs.

The straton solution offers configuration and diagnosis tools for the main communication protocols, allowing to set up new means of communication easily.

straton is highly customizable. Several tools have been developed to help you making the straton which perfectly fits your needs.

  • The Tool Kit (VMTK) allows to build a Runtime fitting to your device
  • The Driver Development Kit (DDK) allows to develop your own Input/Output drivers, giving the possibility to recover data from your I/O board(s) easily in the straton application.
  • The Function Block Development Kit (FBDK) allows to develop your own C function blocks
  • The Brand Labeling allows to customize the Editor according to your needs
  • The safety Tool kit allows to configure and integrate more easily a straton Runtime on your target, specifically developed to be SIL2 compliant according to the IEC61508 standard

And many others!

straton includes a lot of additional tools making your life easier. Among other:

  • The Validation Tool allowing to launch automatic test procedures for your Runtime
  • Libraries Manager (OEM)
  • Graphic Display (Soft scope and online debug)
  • Program import, export, modification and conversion*
  • Project comparison (Diff Tool)*
  • IDE Monitoring (PLC diagnosis for simplified online debug)*
  • Graphical viewer*
  • IEC 61850 Client*
  • IEC 61850 GOOSE supervisor*
  • IEC 61850 SCL Editor*

*These are free tools which can be used without any license

The IEC61131-3 industry standard from the International Electro-technical Commission (IEC) defines the main programming languages used by developers to create applications for programmable logic controllers (PLCs):

  • SFC (Sequential Function Chart)
  • ST (Structured Text)
  • FBD (Function Block Diagram)
  • LD (Ladder Diagram)
  • IL (Instruction List)

straton includes program editors conforming to the IEC61131-3 standard.

The editors include modern functions for automatic insertion of variables and/or structures, indentation of text languages as well as a comprehensive online help and many other essential tools for the conception of reliable applications.

Simulation and diagnostic tools are also available for application development and acceptance testing.

The straton software also has graphical application editors for the creation of dashboards, debug functions with triggers, breakpoints and step by step, the possibility to visualize variables variations (soft-scope) and many logs about the application’s operations.

Configuration tools for communication protocols

“The straton solution offers configuration and diagnosis tools for the main communication protocols, allowing to set up new means of communication easily.“

Your advantages when using straton software

The use of straton for application development offers many advantages.

For OEMs and machine manufacturers, the straton software offers the following advantages:

  • Time saving: many functions are already embedded for the creation of your control applications.
  • Hardware independence: a hardware independent integration offering (beyond the possibility to start developments before having the hardware), a sustainability on the already deployed applications.
  • Flexibility: the straton Runtime natively integrates a large choice of communication protocols ready to use.
  • Development support: straton integrates analysis tools, off-line tests and simulation for efficient developments and diagnosis.
  • Customization: thanks to the straton widgets, you have the possibility to create and/or customize your editor.

The advantages of straton for end users:

  • Flexibility of use: you can use simultaneously the different PLC programming languages defined by the IEC61131-3 standard (SFC, LD, ST, and FBD).
  • Online changes: You can change your programs online without affecting the process.
  • Ergonomics: you have a simple and intuitive environment for programming and configuring your applications.
  • A wide range of tools available: straton includes efficient configuration, commissioning and debugging tools to assist you throughout the development of your projects.
  • Dedicated solutions: straton has complete tool packs dedicated to different markets (for example: the pack dedicated to the energy market).

What our clients say

« Certifying a product range is a big challenge for a company and a step toward the future. Thanks to straton tools and COPA-DATA support, we have passed the certification for this evolution of the standard more serenely. After Edition 1 in 2014, SEPCOS is now certified by DNV GL for the Edition 2, allowing us to provide a complete, secure and adapted solution to our customers. »- André Bouvier - Product Manager at SECHERON
« The B4K+ is a versatile PLC designed to meet the needs of tomorrow's industry. With straton, we provide our customers with fully flexible integration and application customization. »- Christophe MARTIN - Sales Manager Products and Services at R.S.A.I.
« We were already using the straton Runtime as our PLC kernel in our RTU32 Series, and the integration of the IEC61850 took just a few days! »- Ole Borgbjerg - Technical Manager at Brodersen A/S