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Using the Distance-to-Fault Function in Bitronics 70 Series

By NovaTech Published: Jul 21, 2014

Perhaps you didn’t know that the Bitronics 70 Series Single Line Recorders have the ability to provide a distance-to-fault determination. The 70 Series Recorders employ an impedance based Modified Takagi Method, as described in ANSI C37.114 to calculate a distance-to fault, and this value is provided as a register or point value that can also be displayed…

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Recent Enhancements to the OrionLX DNP3 Server/Slave Protocol

By NovaTech Published: Jul 21, 2014

Version 3.10 of the DNP3 Slave protocol, released June 12, 2014, provides new enhancements to simplify points list creation andediting. Key features are described below: New Tabular Format for Selected Points DNP3 SCADA points are selected from the master points list as they are today, but selected points are more easily viewed in tabular form….

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NovaTech Recognized for PA Export Impact Award

By NovaTech Published: Jun 11, 2014

May 30, 2014 Governor Corbett Recognizes Pennsylvania Businesses and Entrepreneurs at Annual Governor’s ImPAct Awards Hershey – Governor Tom Corbett today recognized 50 outstanding Pennsylvania companies and entrepreneurs for creating jobs, developing ideas, reaching new markets and making positive contributions in local communities at the 2014 Governor’s ImPAct Awards. “Today, we honor the men and…

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NovaTech and PAS Developing NERC CIP Solution

By NovaTech Published: May 06, 2014

NovaTech and PAS (Houston, TX) are jointly developing a NERC CIP compliance solution to address the latest Version 5 requirements. NovaTech will provide CIP-compliant Remote Access and Administration of IEDs, including Password and Connections Management. PAS will provide compliant products for Inventory, Configuration Management, Change Control and CIP Reporting for Bulk Electric System assets. System…

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OrionLX Release 8 Upgrades

By NovaTech Published: May 06, 2014

This recent upgrade includes new features to simplify use, improve diagnostics, and enhance security. Highlights: New Security Points to Meet NERC CIP Version 5 These new points indicate who is logged in or locked out, who is logged in at “root,” or at SSH, or HTTP, etc. These points can be mapped into any Orion application:…

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Bitronics 878 DIOD: Recent Applications

By NovaTech Published: May 06, 2014

The Bitronics 878 DIOD, a self-powered, distributed I/O device that provides combinations of digital inputs, digital outputs, and transducer inputs, has had recent success in a number of applications. The 878 was selected for mounting within a high voltage breaker cubicle because of its I/O density per size, ability to reduce breaker status wiring between…

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Heartbleed : No Effect on NovaTech Products

By NovaTech Published: Apr 23, 2014 Tags: D/3 , Orion5r , Orion5rL , OrionLX , orionlxm

Heartbleed is a security bug in an OpenSSL cryptography library, widely used to implement the Internet’s Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol. This recent and much publicized vulnerability is due to a missing bounds check in the handling of the Transport Layer Security (TLS) heartbeat extension. NovaTech OrionLX, OrionLXm, Orion5rL, Distributed Digital and Combination I/O (DDIO…

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Bitronics Inspires Students Who Ask “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?”

By NovaTech Published: Mar 07, 2014 Tags: Bitronics

Last year, middle school students in 16 public school districts in Pennsylvania were challenged with the question, “What’s so cool about manufacturing?” Their answer? Bitronics. As part of the Dream It. Do It. Pennsylvania campaign–the Lehigh Valley Skill Up program’s public platform providing insights and resources about manufacturing careers for students, parents, and educators–student teams…

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Online Ethernet Configuration

By NovaTech Published: Feb 24, 2014 EthConfig

Adding a new 8000 Series I/O drop or adding modules to an existing rack? Want to communicate with a new PLC in the plant or expand the amount of data transferred between the D/3 and a PLC? With changes made in v14.1, it is no longer necessary to reload PCMs to add or modify Ethernet…

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D/3 Version 14.1 Software Update

By NovaTech Published: Feb 24, 2014

The upcoming D/3® Maintenance Release, V14.1-2, incorporates all known patches to the system software from our last release and adds the following functionality: P1, P2, and P3 alarm integration into ProcessVision™ D/3 Keyboard horn and contacts support with ProcessVision Performance enhancements to ProcessVision System Status Added connection attempts parameter to the Modbus/TCP protocol for fault…

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NovaTech Process Analytics

By NovaTech Published: Feb 19, 2014

Let’s face it, we’d all like to have a better understanding of our enterprise and where we’re losing potential profits. In today’s economic environment, we’re all challenged to produce more with less. Therefore, the ability to measure, analyze, and constantly improve plant performance is critical to the success of any organization. Research shows that most…

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Addressing ISA/IEC-62443 Cyber Security

By NovaTech Published: Feb 19, 2014 Cyber Security Concept.

  ISA/IEC-62443 is a series of standards, technical reports, and related information that define procedures for implementing electronically secure Industrial Automation and Control Systems (IACS). This guidance applies to end-users, system integrators, security practitioners, and control systems manufacturers responsible for manufacturing, designing, implementing, or managing industrial automation and control systems. A number of strategies may…

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DistribuTECH ’14 Preview

By NovaTech Published: Jan 08, 2014

Come visit us in Booth #1855 and see the latest in substation automation, distributed recording, and panel metering products that we have to offer, including: The OrionLXm The OrionLXm is the latest, and smallest, member of the OrionLX Family of Substation Automation Platforms. Half as wide as an OrionLX, the OrionLXm is designed for a wide range of substation automation…

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OrionLX Performs Distribution Automation Controls in Simulated High-Renewables Penetration Microgrid

By NovaTech Published: Nov 19, 2013 Tags: OrionLX

NovaTech announces its latest case study: Research Paper: Synchronized Real-Time Simulation of Distributed Networked Controls for a Power System Case Study By Abhishek Jain, Colorado State University, Fort Collins Masters Engineering student Abhishek Jain and his professors at the Colorado State University Energy and Engines Lab used an OrionLX to initiate fault isolation and restoration functions…

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OrionLX Honeypot as Deceptive Cyber Security Technology

By NovaTech Published: Nov 19, 2013 Tags: OrionLX

NovaTech announces its latest white paper: Research paper: Agent-based Optimization of Emulations of Network Server Applications in Honeypots By Yilun Zhao and Jeremy J. Blum, Member, IEEE The Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg PennState Professor Jeremy Blum and his team used an OrionLX automation platform to create a “phantom” OrionLX which could be duplicated many hundreds of times on…

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NovaTech Process Solutions Division Headquarters Expands in Owings Mills

By NovaTech Published: Oct 21, 2013 Tags: Corporate

Towson, Maryland (October 16, 2013) – NovaTech, a technology firm that designs, manufactures and installs industrial process control and automation systems, has expanded to a larger facility in Owings Mills. Headquarters for the company’s Process Solutions division is now located on Cronhill Drive, providing the company’s 100 Owings Mills workers with more efficient, modern space….

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Wavewin Bitronics Device Manager Software

By NovaTech Published: Oct 01, 2013 Tags: 70 Series , Wavewin

Bitronics is offering a version of SoftStuf, Inc.’s  Wavewin Device Manager that works with Bitronics 70 Series Devices to automate and manage the retrieval of record files.  Versions are available to work with up to 50, up to 100, and up to 2000 70 Series IEDs. An evaluation copy of the software can be obtained…

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OrionLX Feature Update – OrionLX Text String Management

By NovaTech Published: Oct 01, 2013 Tags: OrionLX

A text string is an optional “point attribute” that can be assigned to any OrionLX database point (other point attributes include “value”, “min/max”, “online/offline status”, etc).  The OrionLX provides a rich set of features to: 1) Generate and capture text strings 2) Read, record and manipulate text strings 3) Annunciate text strings 1. OrionLX software…

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Did You Know?

By NovaTech Published: Oct 01, 2013 Tags: OrionLX

.pdf docs can be stored and viewed on an OrionLX. When equipped with the Multimedia Board (MMB) and VGA monitor, users can transfer .pdf files from a USB flash drive connected to USB2 or USB3 into OrionLX flash memory using the “File Manager” under “Accessories”. Users can view these files by accessing the “Document Viewer”…

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