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

 

  • Introducing FlexBatch 5.0

    FlexBatch integrates recipe management and the automation layer so operators can quickly and easily develop, scale up, modify and schedule batch manufacturing recipes for products ranging from beer to chocolate to specialty chemicals and more. FlexBatch delivers shorter time to first batch, reduced changeover times, increased throughput and production yield. New and existing products are brought to market faster and at lower cost, providing a strategic and financial advantage. Production staff can execute library procedures to overcome process upsets. All of which means a more nimble, responsive, and profitable process.

    July 5, 2017

  • Planning an Effective I/O Upgrade

    Reviewing the benefits, considerations, and steps required to migrate legacy I/O subsystems to NovaTech 8000.

    This webinar focused on NovaTech 16000 and Modicon Quantum, and touch on Siemens 505, Rockwell 1771, and Modicon 200.

    Topics Covered:
    * Hardware installation alternatives
    * Wiring options
    * Software considerations
    * Proven implementation strategie

    April 20, 2017

  • 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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