The NovaTech of today is comprised of three divisions with distinctive traditions of innovation and manufacturing excellence.
Orion Substation Automation and Cyber Security
The Orion Substation Automation Platform was developed by engineers in the Lenexa, KS, division of NovaTech, leveraging their decades of experience in integrating and automating utility substations, gas pipelines, and industrial applications. The lessons learned over hundreds of such projects – and frustrations with the cumbersome integration solutions then available – led NovaTech engineers to design a convergent communications and automation platform that could perform the functions of multiple devices ‑ Remote Terminal Units (RTUs), Chart Recorders, Cyber Secure Communications Gateways, Distribution Automation Controllers, Protective Relay Communications Processors and more ‑ into a single, easily-configured box. Today the OrionLX is the leading flexible substation automation platform in the U.S. market, seamlessly integrating multiple vendors’ measurement and protection products into SCADA for over a hundred new U.S. utilities in the past four years.
Bitronics Power Measurement and Event Recorders
Bitronics began in 1908 as the Bethlehem, PA, instrumentation group of Roller-Smith, supplying government, telecoms and mining operations with highly-reliable precision measurement devices. Manufacturing was labor-intensive and involved precision techniques carried out by skilled craftspersons. This craft-based manufacturing created a pride in quality workmanship that still resonates in our products today. As technology advanced, Bitronics designed and manufactured the first all-electronic digital power meters rugged enough for continuous use in the electric utility substation. Acceptance of the new digital instruments in the traditionally analog world of the utility substation was accelerated by the performance and quality of Bitronics products. By the early 1990s, Bitronics instruments were in use in 40% of U.S. utility substations, specified 4-to-1 over the nearest competitor.
D/3 Process Control and Optimization
The D/3 Process Control and Optimization division of NovaTech LLC was previously known as Electronic Modules Corporation and later incorporated into Texas Instruments and GSE Systems. The D/3 Distributed Control System debuted in 1981, winning the prestigious Vaaler Award for its fusion of sequential and batch automation into the first hybrid, plant-wide DCS control system with a still-unparalleled Sequence and Batch Language (SABL) for application development. The D/3′s flexibility, power, and reliability led to its rapid adoption within the process control industry by many of the world’s most successful manufacturers. Trusted to perform in the most demanding and critical applications, D/3 is the only process control system to maintain a continuous migration path for all customer applications. Watch a Video About the First 25 Years of the D/3.