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  • Utility Systems and Services Capabilities Overview

    NovaTech has been successfully designing, delivering, and supporting utility systems and services for over 30 years.

    The Utility Systems and Services staff in Lenexa, Kansas includes project engineers, SCADA engineers, panel assemblers, software engineers, quality engineers and training instructors. The Lenexa staff works with other NovaTech locations – in Bethlehem, PA; Owings Mills, MD; Aiken, SC; Shelby, NC and Quezon City in the Philippines – to coordinate field installation and commissioning.

    October 24, 2014

  • M350 3-Phase Ammeters or Voltmeter Datasheet

    Bitronics has been providing excellence in digital metering for local indication and SCADA communications for over 15 years. The Bitronics 50 Series of SCADA meters continues this tradition of excellence, providing single function and multifunction solutions for 3-phase metering. The Bitronics M350 is a family of three-phase meters for voltage and current measurement. The M350 meters have large displays, are simple to set up and use, and offer superior communications flexibility.

    October 3, 2014

  • Cabinetry Services Datasheet: A4

    Order your integrated I/O from NovaTech and remove those assembly, wiring and testing worries. Once it arrives at your dock and your field cables are installed, you’re ready to energize.

    October 3, 2014

  • Cabinets Design, Engineering & Assembly Datasheet

    Order your integrated I/O from NovaTech and remove those assembly, wiring and testing worries. Once it arrives at your dock and your field cables are installed, you’re ready to energize.

    October 3, 2014

  • System Life Planning Overview: A4

    Reliability-Centered System Life Planning (RC-SLP) is a key component of a Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) strategy. RCM synthesizes reactive, preventive, predictive, and proactive maintenance practices and strategies to maximize equipment life at minimal cost.

    October 3, 2014

  • D/3® PCM 4100 Datasheet

    The D/3® Process Control Module (PCM) is a real-time, microprocessor based computer that provides distributed automation and control capabilities for continuous and batch process plant operations…

    August 27, 2014

  • Paperless Procedures™ Datasheet

    Paperless Procedures (PLP) is a combination of software and services that integrate process control, operator training, documentation and compliance needs into a robust knowledge-retention architecture.

    August 26, 2014

  • D/3® Distributed Control System Datasheet

    D/3® is a leading-edge Distributed Control System (DCS) that incorporates a full suite of intuitive software tools designed to improve product quality, maximize throughput and increase profits for process manufacturing companies. Featuring a flexible, open architecture and the familiar Microsoft Windows environment, D/3 is easy to use, maintain and configure—saving both time and money.

    August 26, 2014

  • D/3® System Architecture Datasheet

    The D/3® Distributed Control System (DCS) is a completely scalable solution to meet your current and future process control needs. NovaTech D/3 products are currently employed by customers with as few as 50 and as many as 40,000 tags — with room to grow to over 100,000 tags. The D/3 consists of four major components: OCMs, DCMs, PCMs, and I/O.

    August 26, 2014

  • D/3® USB Keyboard Process Control Functions Datasheet

    The D/3® USB Keyboard is an environmentally hardened operator’s keyboard with keys dedicated to process control functions. It communicates at 12 mbps via an available USB 1.0/2.0 port on an OCM, DCM or CDCM.

    August 26, 2014

  • D/3® Keeps it Cool at Major Particle Accelerator

    DESY relies on D/3®, FlexBatch®, and TotalVision® Process HMI for 24/7 operation of refrigeration plant. The German Electron Synchrotron (DESY) – located in Hamburg and Zeuthen – is one of five large accelerator centers in the world at which physicists study the world of elementary particles. Several hundred men and women work together on experiments in international groups, where, over the course of years of collaborative effort, they design, build, and operate complex measuring instruments the size of buildings and evaluate millions of items of data. Four such groups are currently working at DESY at the large underground Hadron Electron Ring Accelerator (HERA).

    August 20, 2014

  • OrionLXm Automation Platform

    The OrionLXm is a physically smaller OrionLX designed for applications requiring fewer connections and less space; typically smaller distribution substations and OEM and pole-top RTU applications.

    August 20, 2014

  • D/3® 8000 Series I/O Product Catalog

    The full catalog of NovaTech’s 8000 Series I/Os. The 8000 Series is the remote I/O family native to the D/3® Distributed Control System (DCS). It is the preferred I/O for new installations and it can replace the older NovaTech 16000 series I/O in existing PCM cabinets, using existing field wiring connected to new termination panels with existing connectors.

    August 15, 2014

  • D/3® PCM 4200 Process Control Module Datasheet

    The D/3® Process Control Module (PCM) is a real-time, microprocessor based computer that provides distributed automation and control capabilities for continuous and batch process plant operations. The PCM 4200 is form-factor compatible with earlier cabinets and provides an upgrade path for PCM I, PCM II, PCM III, and PCM 2000 micros.

    August 15, 2014

  • D/3® 8000 Series I/O Summary

    The NovaTech 8000 Series I/O is the remote I/O family native to the D/3® Distributed Control System (DCS). It is the preferred I/O for new installations and it can replace the older NovaTech 16000 series I/O in existing PCM cabinets, using existing field wiring connected to new termination panels with existing connectors.

    August 15, 2014

  • This presentation describes complicated 10,000+ point Orion system at Canadian Hydro plant. Includes interface to Modicon PLCs, multiple SCADA Masters, SEL® , Alstom, Basler and Beckwith relays, revenue meters and shaft encoder. Also includes the integration of both serial and TCP DNP3 and Modbus.

    August 14, 2014

  • Maintaining product quality and production agility while increasing throughput can be both a challenge and a source of strategic advantage. The D/3® Distributed Control System (DCS) powers the processes and fuels the growth of many of the largest and most efficient breweries in the US, yet remains flexible enough to adapt to your uncompromising vision.

    April 8, 2014

  • D/3® Loop Optimizer Datasheet

    Proportional Integral Derivative (PID) control strategies are responsible for maintaining control of production processes within prescribed tolerances. They are heavily employed in most modern production facilities throughout the world.

    January 6, 2014

  • Alarm Management Handbook, Chapter 1

    This is Chapter One of “The Alarm Management Handbook” and is written by individuals with vast experience in the different plants, processes, and environments requiring effective alarm management. It is filled with good examples and explanations of procedures, with practical lists and tips on how one should proceed. It is based on hundreds of successful projects.

    January 1, 2014

  • D/3® Distributed Control System Overview Brochure

    The D/3® Distributed Control System (DCS) is a leading edge process control system that includes a comprehensive suite of software applications, networks, and computing hardware. D/3 features system-wide redundancy and the ability to upgrade without stopping plant operations.

    September 24, 2013

  • M650 Multifunction Meter Datasheet

    Bitronics has been providing excellence in digital metering for local indication and SCADA communications for over 15 years. The Bitronics 50 Series of SCADA meters continues this tradition of excellence, providing single function and multifunction solutions for 3-phase metering. The Bitronics M650 is a family of multifunction meters with a range of measurement capabilities. The M650 meters have an incomparable display, are simple to set up and use, and offer superior communications flexibility.

    April 24, 2013

  • M653 Multifunction Three Display Meter Datasheet

    Bitronics has been providing excellence in digital metering for local indication and SCADA communications for over 15 years. The Bitronics 50 Series of SCADA meters continues this tradition of excellence, providing single function and multifunction solutions for 3-phase metering. The Bitronics M653 is a family of multifunction three display meters with a range of measurement capabilities. The M653 meters have three incomparable displays, are simple to set up and use, and offer superior communications flexibility. Having three separate displays in one panel allows for fast identification of three-phase conditions without scrolling.

    April 24, 2013

  • M651 Multifunction Transducer Datasheet

    Bitronics has been providing excellence in digital metering for local indication and SCADA communications for over 15 years. The Bitronics 50 Series of SCADA meters and transducers continues this tradition of excellence, providing single function and multifunction solutions for 3-phase metering. The Bitronics M651 is a family of multifunction transducers with a range of measurement capabilities. The M651 transducers are simple to set up and use, and offer superior communications flexibility. There are two M651 models (B3 and M3).

    April 24, 2013

  • A presentation summarizing the nature of security threats, NERC CIP guidelines, security fundamentals and security applications.

    April 2, 2013

  • Orion Comparison Chart Datasheet

    The OrionLX Substation Automation Platform is designed with a Linux operating system, more powerful processors for an expanded range of substation automation applications, and comprehensive Cyber-Security functions for meeting NERC CIP requirements.

    March 23, 2013

  • OrionLX™ Datasheet

    The OrionLX Substation Automation Platform is designed with a Linux operating system, more powerful processors for an expanded range of substation automation applications, and comprehensive Cyber-Security functions for meeting NERC CIP requirements.

    February 18, 2013

  • The Orion Automation Platform is widely applied in electric substations to perform secure monitoring, data processing and control functions. The Orion physical structure, flexible software architecture and powerful configuration software make it an ideal solution for integration and automation in wind farm substations.

    February 2, 2013

  • FlexBatch® ISA-88 Batch Management Overview Brochure

    FlexBatch® integrates recipe management with the manufacturing process by making the automation procedure part of the recipe. Developers, engineers and production staff can quickly develop and modify documented recipes, and immediately schedule them for production.

    September 11, 2012

  • The OrionLX™ WEBserver provides open-source tools to create an unlimited variety of customized webpages. In most applications, commonality exists for IED faceplates and breaker control screens. The Indirect Addressing feature in OrionLX WEBserver reduces the effort to configure display points on pages that must be replicated many times.

    July 23, 2012

  • Split-Core CT for M571

    Split-core or clamp-on CTs provide an alternative to directly wiring to measurement or relay CTs in substation upgrade/retrofit applications when it is desired to add monitoring and recording. The split-core CT option is available on the Bitronics 571 Monitoring and Recording Intelligent Electronic Device (IED).

    July 2, 2012

  • Split-Core CT for M65x

    Split-core or clamp-on CTs provide an alternative to directly wiring to measurement or relay CTs in substation upgrade/retrofit applications when it is desired to add monitoring and SCADA data. The split-core CT option is available on all Bitronics M65x SCADA metering products (all variations of the M650, M651, and M653 models).

    June 28, 2012

  • Paperless Procedures™ Overview Brochure

    Paperless Procedures™ (PLP) is a patented software product and methodology that simplifies the creation , execution, and maintenance of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) across the entire process enterprise.

    June 26, 2012

  • VGA Touchscreen Monitor for OrionLX

    A rugged VGA Touchscreen Monitor is available for the OrionLX™. Features include:
    • Viewable area: 19”
    • Brightness: 300 cd/m2
    • Contrast ratio: 700:1
    • Viewing angle: V/H 80°/75°
    • Response time: 8ms
    • Pixel pitch: 0.294mm
    • Maximum resolution: 1280 x 1024
    • Input power: 125V or 48V dc
    • 19” Rack-Mount or Panel-Moun

    May 3, 2012

  • OrionLX Relay Helper™

    NovaTech currently provides over 200 pre-engineered SEL® “point pick lists” (or “Default Files”) to simplify the process of selecting points from SEL® relays. When new SEL® relay model variations are introduced, NovaTech Engineering, or the user, creates a new Default File for that specific new relay model.

    February 21, 2012

  • High Performance OrionLX CPU

    The optional OrionLX High Performance CPU provides two to three times more speed and processing power than the standard OrionLX CPU. It is intended for larger automation applications, notably transmission substation applications with large SCADA databases, extensive math and logic, many webpages and encryption and other security features implemented.

    January 2, 2012

  • OrionLX™ Multimedia Board

    An optional Multimedia Board is now available on the OrionLX. This new expansion module includes the following ports:
    a. 15-pin D-Shell VGA port.
    b. Third Ethernet port (ETH2)
    c. One audio port.
    d. Two USB ports (USB4 and USB5).

    December 22, 2011

  • PAS Alarm Management & PlantState Suite Overview

    PlantState Suite (PSS) Alarm Management Software is a comprehensive alarm management and operations support software suite that facilitates event analysis, documentation and rationalization, auditing and enforcement, and dynamic alarm management to optimize any alarm system. Together with professional analysis and facilitation services provided by NovaTech, PSS ensures that operators are presented with only the most important alarms requiring intervention and can take appropriate action before an upset or accident occurs.

    December 13, 2011

  • Split-Core CT for 50 Series

    Split-core or clamp-on CTs provide an alternative to directly wiring to measurement or relay CTs in substation upgrade/retrofit applications when it is desired to add monitoring and SCADA data.

    November 28, 2011

  • NCD3 Upgrade Datasheet

    This note summarizes new features in NCD3 and describes the procedure for obtaining / updating to NCD3.

    October 19, 2011

  • Orion NCD Datasheet

    NovaTech Communications Director (NCD) is a powerful software package for programming the Orion family of Automation Platforms. Users are able to configure multiple protocols without the need for tedious programming or scripting.

    October 4, 2011

  • OrionLX™ IEC 61131-3 Datasheet

    The OrionLX can now be ordered with the five IEC 61131-3 programming languages. Background on IEC 61131-3 IEC 61131-3 is the international standard for programmable logic controller (PLC) programming languages and specifies the syntax, semantics and display for five languages:
    • Ladder Diagram (LD)
    • Function Block Diagram (FBD)
    • Structured Text (ST)
    • Instruction List (IL)
    • Sequential Function Chart (SFC)

    August 31, 2011

  • Distributed Combination I/O Datasheet

    The rugged Distributed Combination I/O module (DCIO) provides eight isolated analog inputs – 300V dc channel-to-channel – as well as eight isolated discrete inputs and outputs.

    February 4, 2011

  • False trips, unexplained outages, equipment damage and other power system problems can be identified by the Bitronics 70 Series high-speed measurement and recording IED. In these applications, the Bitronics IED often takes on additional tasks as a SCADA IED and a flexible display.

    February 2, 2011

  • With the release of firmware version 3.04, all new 70 Series IEDs (M571, M572, M871, M872) can now automatically extract the peak fault current from the disturbance recorder and make that available to be read by SCADA in DNP3 protocol.

    January 28, 2011

  • Bitronics® 70 Series IEDs can meet all of the Disturbance Monitoring and Reporting Requirements for NERC PRC-002-1 and draft standard PRC-002-2, which when approved will replace PRC-002-1 and PRC-018-1. These standards define disturbance monitoring and reporting requirements for transmission and generation.

    January 28, 2011

  • The revised (May 2009) NERC BAL-005-0.1b standard states, “Each Balancing Authority shall at least annually check and calibrate its time error and frequency devices against a common reference.

    January 28, 2011

  • The CrossBow™ Secure Access Manager from RuggedCom® is a proven NERC CIP compliant connection management and password management solution for Intelligent Electronic Devices. Orion is a family of automation platforms and I/O modules for substation and distribution automation. NovaTech and RuggedCom have engineered an interface between CrossBow and Orion.

    January 24, 2011

  • The use of Controlled Switching Systems (CSS) to operate transmission shunt capacitor banks has proven to be a cost effective and reliable means of mitigating capacitor switching transients.

    January 1, 2011

  • Moving real-time data and control commands between the D/3 Process Automation System and field devices, through the Orion5r Automation Platform, using Modbus TCP requires configuration know-how as well as an understanding of the application and the specific field devices, field connections and data types. This note highlights key configuration steps and provides background material to properly set up this interface.

    January 1, 2011