Documentation Library


  • D/3 Version 16  

    D/3 Version 16 (D3v16) opens new horizons of reliability and ease of use for the DCS with the highest lifetime value in the industry. D3v16 is the first release to harness the next-generation Process Control Module 5 (PCM5) Series’ native Cyber Security and virtualization capabilities.

    February 28, 2020

  • PCM5: Process Control Module 5  

    The NovaTech D/3® Process Control Module 5, PCM5, represents a leap forward in the development, virtualization, and Cyber Security capabilities of the D/3 PCM family.

    February 28, 2020

  • 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). This is a shortened version of the complete 8000 I/O Product Catalog, without all the I/O datasheets included.

    February 28, 2020

  • Energy and Utilities Management Datasheet  

    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.

    February 28, 2020

  • 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.

    January 30, 2019

  • 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.

    December 3, 2018

  • Steps to Improve D/3® DCS Cyber Security  

    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.

    September 25, 2018

  • 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 18, 2018

  • 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.

    January 18, 2018

  • 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.

    March 20, 2017

  • 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…

    March 20, 2017

  • Integration of Manual and Automatic Procedures ARC Presentation  

    Manufacturing operations culture, alarming methodologies, process safety management practices, standard operating procedures, and automated control strategies must work in harmony to prevent abnormal performance. As the issue becomes more and more dependent on human and machine integration, new technologies and implementation techniques like advanced procedural automation can be applied, which will greatly affect operational performance. Those who ignore these new advances in computer enabled manual and automated procedural automation will delay their adoption, and incur highly levels of process safety and productivity risk.

    March 8, 2017

  • Sweet Success for Cargill and NovaTech  

    NovaTech’s D/3® Distributed Control System and FlexBatch® (ISA-S88) batch management products were chosen by Cargill for their chocolate processing facility in Hazleton, Pennsylvania.

    November 14, 2016

  • 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.

    October 27, 2016

  • Facets Support Agreements Datasheet  

    Facets Support Agreements are annual or multi-year contracts designed to keep your operation running smoothly with customized packages of support services that can include preventative and remedial maintenance, training class credits, software upgrade licenses, and various levels of online, on-site, and telephone support.

    October 5, 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

  • Craft Brewery Automation Overview  

    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.

    May 18, 2015

  • 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

  • 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

  • PID Tuning Guide  

    This guide offers a ―best-practices approach to PID controller tuning. What is meant by a ―best-practices approach? Basically, this guide shares a simplified and repeatable procedure for analyzing the dynamics of a process and for determining appropriate model and tuning parameters.

    February 28, 2010

  • D/3® Ethernet I/O Network Configuration Reference Guide  

    With the release of the D/3® Ethernet Multi-Protocol Controller (EMPC2) interface in version 12.2-3, Ethernet I/O has quickly become one of the most popular D/3® interfaces. This interface is used to communicate with NovaTech’s 8000 I/O and many common PLCs.

    August 24, 2009

  • 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