Simplifying industrial automation
Automation is empowering industrial enterprises to dramatically increase productivity. However, modernising industrial automation requires underlying technologies designed to improve efficiency, quality and eliminate unplanned downtime. From process to hybrid to discrete manufacturing, Stratus provides industry leading infrastructure solutions to modernse your operations and reduce the complexity of industrial control systems.
Available for the control room, plant floor or enterprise, Stratus solutions enable control systems and supporting manufacturing applications to be consolidated onto one virtualised platform. All Stratus systems are self-monitoring, self-protecting, don’t require IT specialists on site – and are uniquely suited for industrial environments. The unique combination of Stratus’s integrated redundancy, automated failure prediction and part replacement, together with hot-swappable components and seamless system re-synchronisation, eliminates downtime and returns systems to full operation without the need for IT.
Stratus eliminates the complexity normally associated with specialised redundant solutions with systems that are easy to deploy, manage and service.
The zero-touch device that’s changing everything
With industrial technologies becoming more powerful and connected, they are often deployed where there are little or no IT resources – out at the edge of operations. The influx of data from technologies and devices, such as PLCs, is driving the need for, and growth of, new edge computing infrastructure.
Stratus ztC Edge is a zero-touch, fully virtualised and self-protecting computing platform, specifically designed for industrial edge environments. Purpose-built for operational technology (OT) applications, ztC Edge provides failure prevention in an easy to set up, configure and manage solution. Because while OT personnel typically are IT knowledgeable, their focus is keeping the plant running smoothly while managing and reacting to applications such as SCADA, human-machine interfaces (HMIs) and other Internet of Things (IoT) and machine communication applications. Stratus ztC Edge provides a highly robust computing platform designed to host the applications that OT personnel depend upon, without any reliance on IT resources.
Why solve failures when you can prevent them?
Stratus offers quick and easy failure prevention with ftServer, particularly important in critical industrial automation applications such as control room Historians; HMIs and HMI servers; data acquisition and I/O servers; and advanced process control. Conventional technologies such as clustering and virtualisation-based High Availability do not prevent downtime, but instead rely on recovering from hardware or software failures, which can take anywhere from minutes to hours. Only ftServer prevents downtime of critical industrial automation applications by ensuring continuous availability.
In critical industrial automation applications, any disruption can mean millions of pounds’ worth of equipment and product are at risk as the site is flying blind. In many cases, both ftServer and ztC Edge technologies return their entire investment if even one disturbance is avoided.
“Stratus ensures high availability and minimises production outages.”Jaro KapakIT Manager, United States Steel Corporation
Provide the right availability for each industrial automation application
Leading industrial automation vendors such as Aveva, Rockwell Automation, GE Digital and many others provide a variety of industrial control applications. Depending on their mission, workload and location, applications require varying degrees of redundancy, driving the need for a wide range of solutions.
Stratus meets these needs with a range of infrastructure solutions including edge and control room server hardware for the most critical applications.