D/3 Distributed Control System (DCS)

Future-Proof Automation

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The Only Continuously Evolving Process Control System on the Planet Just Keeps Getting Better

The D/3 Distributed Control System maximizes the lifetime profitability of a process plant by combining bulletproof reliability, maximum application software configurability, and a Continuous Migration Path unmatched by any other automation vendor.  This balance of runtime performance and application agility allow a D/3-controlled facility to ensure product quality, speed development, ensure safe operations under all conditions, and deliver sustainable value over many decades of service.

Secure, Open and Fully Redundant Architecture

The D/3 utilizes off-the-shelf servers and network hardware along with our Process Controllers and 8000 Series I/O to create a remarkably reliable, scalable, Cyber Secure and fully redundant System Architecture.

Modular and Standardized Programming

D/3 uses Sequence and Batch Language (SABL) to manage sequential, batch and continuous processes together, allowing the complete integration of all process components into a single programming environment.  This makes changes much easier to develop and deploy than in distributed “Islands of Automation” topologies.   NovaTech Applications Engineers apply our own best practices and client’s corporate standards into programming standards that ensure the long term maintainability of all applications by incoming personnel.

Continuous Migration Path

D/3 is the only process control system to have never forced a platform migration on its end users. We’ve maintained backwards compatibility for user applications while continuously incorporating new technologies and capabilities in easy-to-manage, stepwise upgrades that can be implemented without process interruption.

“The D/3 has been controlling sterilizers, lypholizers, fluid bed dryers, coating pans, manufacturing tanks, air handling units, and much, much more on this site for over 30 years.  What other system… can make that claim?” – Gary D

System Capabilities

Integrated Continuous, Batch and Sequential Automation

The unit-relative and object-oriented SABL programming language offers a higher level of integration, granularity and application versatility compared to simpler control languages.  While new D/3 users may find it intimidating, experienced users often cite SABL as the most powerful and essential aspect of the D/3’s capability to handle the most complex process challenges, year after year. Users develop automation projects with graphical, object-oriented authoring of Master Device Logic for pumps, motors, valves. Thousands of devices can use (or “instance”) the logic of the master device, and users need only specify differences (such as tag name and I/O address) for each subsequent device, or “instance” the entire unit (including all of its logic) in “like” units, thereby using one set of programs for multiple units.  These features significantly reduce code generation, maintenance, and validation costs for new plants or plant expansions. As a result, new products developed faster, regulatory requirements are easier to meet, and products are manufactured consistently and at the lowest possible cost. FlexBatch users can develop, schedule, manage, document and centrally maintain recipes for globally distributed plants without engineering or IT personnel. FlexBatch exceeds the ISA S88 and IEC 61512 standards for batch control.

Visualization

Plant operators, engineers, and managers can easily create, modify, and access process data through a combination information-dense process graphics, intuitive browser-like system configuration and maintenance dialogues, and web and mobile KPI dashboards. TotalVision HMI screens can mimic older style production graphics alongside modern High Performance HMI screens, and users can drag-and-drop Smart Graphical Objects from a library of thousands or easily create their own.  The ProcessVision console provides engineers with browser-like system navigation from the entire plant down to a specific loop.  The D3Express is a read-only thin client optimized for mobile views that tracks specific loops and other KPIs on-the-go.

Alarming

Users can assign 256 alarm categories and 256 priorities, filter and sort alarms, display multiple alarm windows, inhibit downstream alarms and adjust alarm classifications based on the status of your process areas.  Systems are designed in accordance with ANSI 18.2 Alarm Management standards.  Additional audit and rationalization functions are available with our integration of PAS’ PlantStateSuite software.

Trending

The D/3 TrendR data historian securely and efficiently captures virtually any field related to TAG or batch or continuous plant operation into single or redundant archives.  Users track real time operational performance, analyze historical KPI data and create an unlimited number of trended data into meaningful displays.  Users can view multiple trend displays at each operator workstation and as embedded within TotalVision process graphics.

Reporting

Reports are manually generated or automatically triggered based on plant operational status. Batch reports may be automatically started at batch initiation to capture all KPI data for each vessel, unit operations, a log of all events including operator comments, program print statements, and any abnormalities in allocated equipment. Diagnostic, informational and shift reports can be scheduled or manually triggered to identify abnormal system characteristics, find where a specified tag is used, or find spare I/O modules.  Shift change reports identify all tags in manual mode, all off-scan tags, all forced tags, all devices in override, and all devices with faults so that an incoming operator is quickly informed and can make better decisions.

Product Tracking

Product tracking displays allow users to determine key start and stop times, what equipment or process units are being used for a batch or production run, what recipe is being used, targets and actuals for each recipe variable, and what step of the process each unit is in.

Data Integration

All process data is made available in industry standard formats like ODBC, DCE, OPC, and standard C++ data access techniques to Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Supply Chain Planning (SCP), equipment control and Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS). Legacy islands of automation within the plant can be accessed and integrated more easily than you might expect with the OrionLX automation platform.

I/O

NovaTech 8000 Series Ethernet I/O operates within a -40ºC to +70ºC temperature range and meets ISA G3 corrosion resistance, is HART capable and available in a 1-to-6 redundancy configuration. D/3 also directly supports I/O from Schneider and Siemens, and protocols include Modbus/TCP, EtherNet/IP, Foundation Fieldbus, and DF-1.

Compliance

Ensure compliance with such industry recognized standards as S72, ODBC, OPC, S88, and IEC-61512. I/O hardware offered with D/3® is UL, FM, and CE approved for use internationally.

Lowest Total Cost of Ownership

D/3 keeps automation costs at a minimum through a “No Hassle” licensing policy, standard programming methodologies, embedded simulation capabilities, and the ability to modify and upgrade software without process interruption.  

  • It is fair to say that without a fully functional distributed control system (DCS), a modern plant cannot operate safely and efficiently and in some cases, cannot operate at all. Therefore, it is vital to ensure the integrity of all DCSs and protect them from malicious attacks, accidental corruption, and data breaches that may jeopardize safety or production or may compromise the end user’s competitive advantage in the marketplace.

    This paper describes the philosophy and guidelines for keeping your D/3® DCS secure from cyberattacks.

    August 1, 2016

  • PCM5 — D/3 Process Control Module 5 Series  

    The NovaTech D/3® Process Control Module 5 Series (PCM5) represents a leap forward in the development, virtualization, and Cyber Security capabilities of the D/3 PCM family. The upcoming PCM5™ will deliver even higher levels of agility and performance to the DCS with the longest life cycle support and lowest total cost-of-ownership in the industry: the D/3.

    June 7, 2016

  • D3v15: Futureproof of Automation  

    D/3® Version 15 (D3v15) includes an array of valuable enhancements to the most adaptable and powerful DCS on the market. D3v15 delivers the highest lifetime value by preserving investments in applications, hardware, and I/O while incorporating the latest advancements.

    March 21, 2016

  • ARC View: NovaTech Continues as Trusted Partner  

    In partnership with NovaTech, the ARC Advisory Group recently produced a 5-page ARC VIEW article promoting NovaTech as a long-term, viable, and trusted partner with a strong product offering. 

    February 18, 2016

  • DAK – Value Driven Control System Migration  

    During the 2016 ARC Forum in Orlando, FL, NovaTech customer Emilio Paramo, Manager of Systems and Telecommunications for DAK Americas – Mexico, presented a case on aging control systems and improving business performance through innovative solutions.

    February 5, 2016

  • Additional Datasheets, Application Notes, Customer Success Stories and other documents in our documentation library

    D/3® SABL® [#M456]

    A five-day course, using D/3® software, covering the steps involved in developing and using the SABL® package. Students will develop the Sequence Database and SABL® programs necessary to manipulate and interact with the continuous database and operator console.

    October 17, 2016 – October 21, 2016
    Owings Mills Training Office

    D/3® SABL® [#S456]

    A five-day course, using D/3® software, covering the steps involved in developing and using the SABL® package.

    December 12, 2016 – December 16, 2016
    Aiken Training Office

    D/3® Alarm Management [#S492]

    A two-day course using D/3® software explaining the operation and control of the D/3® alarm systems.

    January 4, 2017 – January 5, 2017
    Aiken, SC Office

  • D3v15 Webinar

    The latest release of the D/3 Distributed Control System includes new configuration tools that make the system easier for new and existing users. The webinar covers building tags with MDL Builder, writing automation code with D3Edit, web-accessible History and Reports, features to facilitate migration to High-Performance HMI, and OSIsoft PI integration.

    March 24, 2016

  • D/3 Distributed Control System Overview

    This video introduces the D/3, the Distributed Control System trusted by many Fortune 100 companies to keep their global operations’ continuous and batch processes running smoothly and efficiently. Part one reviews the system architecture and configuration tools.

    November 21, 2014

  • D3v14 – D/3 Version 14.1 Webinar

    Original Air Date: 4/10/13

    A webinar presenting D3v14.1, outlining and demonstrating the newest features of the upcoming D/3®, ProcessVision™ Console, and FlexBatch® releases, and highlight meaningful product features to enhance value for all customers, including managers, engineers, and operators.

    April 11, 2013

  • ProcessVision™ Features Profile

    A brief overview of NovaTech’s D/3 DCS ProcessVision console, outlining the new features designed to deliver a modern yet familiar user experience that will delight new users and seasoned D/3 veterans alike.

    February 8, 2013

  • Introduction to ISA 18.2 Alarm Management 6-part Webinar Series

    In June of 2009, the ISA released standard ISA 18.2, Management of Alarm Systems for the Process Industry. This landmark document is the first true standard on how companies are expected to design, implement and maintain alarms generated by process control systems. In this webinar we shall provide an overview of the ISA 18.2 standard, the regulatory impact of this standard, and what you can do to ensure your facility is compliant with these requirements.

    February 5, 2013

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