Energy and Utilities Management

Energy is Money

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Optimize Profits with Real-Time, Common and Verifiable Energy Costs Per Unit of Production

Energy and Utilities costs have become the largest controllable cost in many process facilities. A shared, real-time, and accurate picture of all energy options and equipment efficiencies can turn this growing challenge into a source of competitive advantage. NovaTech Energy Management solutions include survey and analysis services, KPI dashboard development, and complete power system SCADA solutions that allow a process enterprise to make more informed decisions for reducing energy costs and environmental impact.  Energy Management solutions provide the greatest value for process components with high or variable energy demands such as boilers, chillers, distillation, and central power production.


Solution Architecture



Energy Survey and KPI Dashboards

NovaTech engineers use a sophisticated set of software programs and algorithms to track the efficiency and energy usage of critical plant equipment and drive behavioral change. Factory Acceptance Tests (FATs) use sophisticated simulation techniques and historical plant data to develop role-based dashboards of KPIs associated with plant operations. These detailed screens are utilized by utilities supervisors and plant operators, arming them with information regarding the historical and real-time efficiency of each utility and all major utility equipment at the facility, including water and glycol chillers, cooling towers, de-ionized water trains, air compressors and boilers. All displays, including summary screens for plant managers, are web-based and available to all plant personnel via a web server on the plant’s intranet. Utility and gas costs are reduced by avoiding peak demand penalties and generating steam from the most efficient boilers.

Power Measurement and Data Integration

Bitronics SCADA Meters and Event Recorders offer a highly reliable and easily deployable solution for tracking power usage and quality at all consumption and generation points within a process plant.  The OrionLX and OrionLXm Substation Automation Platforms consolidate power and protective relay data from islands of automation, cogeneration assets, and utility interconnection substations.  Widely recognized for their durability and ease of use in electric utilities, Orion and Bitronics products provide a comprehensive and accurate baseline of electrical power consumption and for benchmarking and utility audits.

Advanced Process Control

Advanced Process Control from AspenTech provides additional benefit by moving plant operations closer to ideal set points without compromising safety or quality.   APC presents the greatest benefits to processes with high raw material costs, tight security or quality requirements, control requirements beyond PID loops, or that are influenced by other processes within the plant.

Example Software Screens

Natural Gas Dashboard

Natural Gas Dashboard

Air Compressor Dashboard

Air Compressor Dashboard

Boiler Performance Dashboard

Boiler Performance Dashboard

  • 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® SABL® [#S456]

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

    February 20, 2017 – February 24, 2017
    Aiken 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.

    June 20, 2017 – June 24, 2017
    Aiken Training 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

  • New Belgium Strives for Sustainability w/ Bitronics

    New Belgium Brewing in Ft Collins Colorado strives to reduce their environmental footprint in a number of ways, including using Bitronics Automation and Control Power Measurement units from NovaTech to monitor and benchmark energy consumption and production points within their facility.

    March 27, 2013

  • Conductor™ Energy Asset Management Overview Video

    NovaTech Conductor Energy Asset Management Solutions (EAMS) is a combination of NovaTech hardware, software, survey and integration services that allow an enterprise to make more informed decisions and improve energy efficiency.

    May 3, 2012

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