The PlantPAx Solution-in-a-Box for Control at the Edge

A performance tested architecture for rapid multisite deployment of process control across O&G, life sciences, machine building, water, and power.

Rapid Multisite Deployment at the Edge

Performance tested architecture for 2,000 I/Os and less
in F&B, Pharma, O&G, and Infrastructure

Rockwell Automation and Stratus Solution-in-a-Box is a process control architecture jointly developed to simplify the deployment of small to medium scale distributed control systems (DCS) that require 2,000 I/O’s or less at edge locations.

The solution runs Rockwell Automation PlantPAx 5.0 software on Stratus ztC Edge, performance tested i.e., “characterized,” and validated by Stratus and Rockwell Automation, to ensure reliable, rapid deployment by operations teams and systems integrators using a single industrial-grade, panel-mounted Edge Computing device.

“Companies are looking increasingly for scalable edge solutions that adapt easily to their existing assets and OT infrastructure and help them achieve the flexibility, real-time visibility, operational excellence and operational resilience needed to sustain their businesses in a world where often the only certainty is uncertainty.”
Craig Resnick, Vice President, ARC Advisory Group

“Whether it is control in water and wastewater management, machine builders innovating for their customers, or managing remote assets in oil & gas, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to achieving operational excellence. enterprises require plant-wide data and control solutions with high availability that can both scale up and scale down based on the use case and location, while being cost effective and easy to implement”
Dave Rapini, Business Manager for PlantPAx, Rockwell Automation

Where to Deploy Solution-in-a-Box?

The Rockwell Automation and Stratus Solution-in-a-Box architecture provides a formidable balance of performance, cost, and easy implementation that is well suited to a range of industries and use cases where unplanned downtime for mission critical equipment and applications results in unacceptable impact on profit, customer satisfaction and reputation, and health, safety, and environment.

Water Wastewater
Municipal Utilities, Desalination, Waste Management, Treatment Plants

Modular Plants, Substation Control, Geothermal Plants, Solar and Wind

Life Sciences
Vaccine Production, Skids, Batch Management, Filtration

Food and Beverage
Brewing, Multi-plant CIP, Batching and Recipe Management, FDA Compliance

Smart Buildings
Facilities Management, Video and Security, Data Centers, System of Systems

Oil and Gas & Chemicals
Reactor Control, Pipeline SCADA EPA fulfillment, Autonomous Drilling

Key Benefits

  • Rockwell Automation PlantPAx 5.0 software running on the Stratus ztC Edge makes the overall solution simpler, more dependable, and cost effective.

  • With Thin Clients, Solution-in-a-Box extends the DCS capabilities – from traditional control room and command centers – to mobile devices like cellphones, tablets, and laptops.

  • The inherent redundancy of ztC Edge protects the DCS from unplanned downtime that is common in unprotected computer and server-based architectures.

  • The rugged construction and Class I Division 2 certification of the ztC Edge enables the installation of the entire DCS into mission critical and hazardous environments.

  • The built-in virtualization of ztC Edge consolidates the PlantPAx software, normally installed in multiple computers, into one single redundant platform.

  • The ztC Edge comes in pre-configured out of the box and does not require IT professionals to set-up, operate, and maintain.

Fast Deployment and Integration to OT Infrastructure for SIs and Owner-Operators

Solution-in-a-Box is perfect for system integrators and owner-operators looking for a scalable and OT-ready architecture that does not require deep IT knowledge to deploy.

Solution-in-a-Box is supported by embedded edge management services that provide comprehensive, at-a-glance views for system health, software versions, utilization to improve performance and triage issues across the edge deployments.

The PlantPAx 5.0 and ztC Edge Solution-in-a-Box Architecture Details

Stratus ztC Edge provides the industrial grade Edge Computing platform for Rockwell Automation PlantPAX. The platform combines computing redundancy to eliminate unplanned downtime, virtualization to run multiple software workloads concurrently, and form factor that meets Class 1 Division 2 requirements to operate in hazardous environments.

The tested Solution-in-a-Box architecture includes:

  • Rockwell Automation PASS-Consolidated Image
  • Rockwell Automation Application Server OWS – ThinManager remote desktop server (RDS) for remote, mobile, and tablet access
  • Stratus ztC Edge 110i (single system with a redundant option) – Tested in fault-tolerant and high availability modes

Workload Specifications

Based on the joint Stratus and Rockwell Automation characterization, the solution supports environments up to:

  • Up to 2,000 I/O points

  • Up to 5 Redundant Logix Controllers

  • Up to 10 clients

  • Up to 5,000 historian tags

For more information, view the Rockwell Automation PlantPAx Selection Guide

Pricing and Availability

Stratus ztC Edge and Rockwell PlantPAx 5.0, including PASS-C, are available now globally.
For pricing and Solution-in-a-Box development, contact your Stratus distributor.