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NovaTech is a U.S.-based supplier of automation and engineering solutions for the electric utilities and process manufacturing industries. Our products and services are used by hundreds of utilities and numerous Fortune 100 process manufacturers worldwide to simplify complex technical challenges, reduce operational risk, and deliver the highest long term value.

Our three core product families – the Orion Substation Automation Platform, D/3 Distributed Control System, and Bitronics Meters and Event Recorders – combine reliable hardware, open standards and intuitive deployment tools. Our experienced applications and field engineering teams deliver a wide range of services that make our customers’ facilities more reliable, efficient, secure and profitable.



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    IEC 61850: Much More Than a Protocol

    Many users consider IEC 61850 to be “just another protocol” which is “difficult to comprehend”. Many papers have been written on the protocol and applications, but little public information is available which discusses “the remainder of IEC 61850”.
    The article in “Electric Energy T&D” magazine was written by NovaTech’s Bruce Muschlitz and attempts to de-mystify the concepts of IEC 61850 and the inter-relationship with other standards.

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    Out With the Old, In With the New—In Three Days

    In 1999, NovaTech installed D/3® Version 9 at AbbVie’s North Chicago facility. Although the system was still running seventeen years later, it became increasingly difficult to maintain. The system was running on a VMS platform, which Corporate IT no longer wanted to support. With the backing from IT, engineering, and operations, AbbVie was ready to upgrade their NovaTech D/3 System in 2016.

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    New Bitronics PowerPlex II Discrete I/O and Serial Port

    New PowerPlex II automation applications are now supported with the addition of I/O and serial communications.

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