Applications Engineering

Application Engineering Done Right


Experienced and Professional Developers Who Focus on Maximizing Safety, Reliability and Flexibility

Our standards-based approach to system design and application development ensures safe and reliable operations under all operating conditions. Our team focuses on fully automatic human centric design with focus on abnormal situation management. Our techniques facilitate continuous improvement and enable your technical staff to develop and adjust applications while optimizing system performance on an ongoing basis. The benefits of using NovaTech for your application development include:

Rigorous Certification Process

Every NovaTech application engineer completes a rigorous certification project on our development standards for continuous control, batch control, interlock design, recipe management, product tracking, HMI design, trending, reporting, and process analytics.

Pre-Developed Application Code

After decades of applications development, our seasoned application experts have developed vast libraries of process code that can be applied to turnkey applications, providing more sophisticated and robust process control for the price of semi-automatic or rudimentary control.

Human Centric Design for Operator Effectiveness

The informational density of High Performance HMI principles, native language messaging, intelligent alarming and procedural automation help keep an operator informed without being overwhelmed. Our human centric approach to system design allows each operator to effectively and safely manage a larger portion of the plant.

Automated Recovery from Abnormal States

Valve failures, pump failures, limit switch failures, VFD failure, hand valves in the wrong position, HOA switch bad, blown fuse on motor starter, PLC communication error, power outage, network outage, I/O module failure, operator error, equipment out of service, upstream/downstream equipment not ready, loss of steam, water or other utility are just a few of the situations encountered at most modern industrial plants.  Our applications are designed to handle each and every abnormal situation gracefully to ensure your plant runs safely under all operating conditions.

Recipe-and Unit-Centric Development

Product mix changes, new product additions, and flexible equipment usage are all made easier with an ISA-88, recipe-centric application.

Pre-Startup Simulation

We take every advantage of the D/3’s native simulation capabilities to thoroughly test the process, equipment,  I/O, HMI,and abnormal state recovery of the completed system prior to start-up, keeping you ahead of schedule and under budget.

Extensive Experience

We’ve completed thousands of projects and have engineering expertise in: Continuous control, Batch control, Sequence control, Interlock control, Safety instrumented system design, ISA S88 batch control, ISA 106 procedural automation, Recipe driven state-based control, Visualization and HMI design, Asset management, Alarm management, Plant and enterprise historian implementation, Batch, shift, periodic reporting, Process simulation, Product tracking, Process analytics – OEE Analysis, PID Loop optimization and management, and MES-ERP interface design.

Application expertise extends to: Aging systems, Aseptic processing, Batch reactors, Boiler control, Burner management, Blending/Finishing, Brewing , Catalytic crackers, Centrifuges, Clean in place, Coaters, Compounding, Crystalizers, Distillation columns, Dryers, Dry grind, operation, Evaporators, Extruders, Fermenters, Filling/dispensing, Freeze Dryers (Lyophilizers), Granulators, HVAC & environmental control, Inventory management, Load-out, Mixing/blending/ingredient addition, Pelletizers, Refining, Reactors, Tank and Tank Farm, Pipeline control and Management, Scale management, Separation, Steeping/conditioning, Sterilization in place, Storage, Transfer, Material Handling, Substation automation, Utilities (air, power, steam, vacuum), Wet mill operation, Wastewater treatment.

Industries Served


  • 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.

    October 28, 2016

  • 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

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

    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

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