Craft Brewery Automation

Craft Automation


Scale with Quality, Consistency, and Zero Compromises

Whether you’re trying to nail down the exact IBUs in your latest seasonal release, expanding your brewhouse to meet demand, or operating large-scale brewing processes to serve customers across the world, the NovaTech D/3 Distributed Control System (DCS) is the most flexible solution for achieving each milestone in the life of your brewery.  Bitronics 70 Series Automation and Control IEDs are also used by New Belgium Brewing to collect power production and consumption data from throughout their plant as part of their sustainability program.

The Solution

Maintaining product quality and production agility while increasing throughput can be both a challenge and a source of strategic advantage. The D/3 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.

Experience & Accountability

NovaTech engineers have over a century of combined brewing experience ranging from enthusiastic home brewers to the former head of automation for MillerCoors. We make and stand by all our automation products and engineered solutions–no finger pointing if you’re not completely satisfied. So whether you want to get hands-on with automation code or need full-time engineering assistance, we’ve got you covered.

DCS Functionality at a PLC Price

The increased functionality and profitability of a DCS has historically had a higher initial cost than PLC/HMI-based solutions. With modern networks, pre-configured applications, and “no-hassle” software licensing, however, D/3 provides cost-competitive automation with several advantages over PLCs:

  • Integrated recipe and batch management, product tracking & reporting
  • More powerful process controllers for greater reliability and efficiency
  • Advanced system and asset analytics
  • The ability to make changes on the fly

Reduced Energy Costs & Environmental Impact


New Belgium Brewing Head Electrician Dave Benavidez shows off the Bitronics M571s monitoring the facility’s 200kW solar array

The rewards of improved energy and utilities management are more than financial. From Energy Audits and KPI Development to cogeneration control, renewables integration and Advanced Process Control, NovaTech products are widely used in electric utilities including the majority of US wind farms. If sustainability is a core value of your organization, we put world-class tools at your disposal.

Brewery Automation Components

  • High-Performance TotalVision graphics for brewhouse, fermentation, cold storage, utilities, cleaning, and other plant components keep operators informed, not overwhelmed.
  • ProcessVision system, equipment and batch analysis optimizes performance under all operating conditions.
  • Brewmasters create and modify recipes visually in FlexBatch that Operators can schedule, run, and monitor–all with no programming.
  • Compare, diagnose and optimize brewery asset performance with Process Analytics.

Out-of-the-Box Applications

Brewhouse, Fermentation, Cold Storage, Blending/Finishing, Packaging, Yeast Management, C02 Management, Ingredient Addition, Utilities Management, CIP/SIP

Related Solutions

Distributed Process Control, Operator Training Simulators, Recipe-Driven State Based Control, S88 Batch Management & Control, S106 Procedural Automation & Control, Electronic Batch Reporting, ISA 18.2 Alarm Management, Data Historian, Trend Visualization, Process Analytics, Process Simulation, Asset Management, Control Loop Performance Monitoring & Optimization, Energy & Asset Management, Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) Analytics, Regulatory Compliance & Validation, System Hardware & Custom I/O Cabinet Design, Product Lifecycle Services

  • 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

  • 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

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