D/3 Distributed Control System (DCS)

Next-Gen Performance for the Long Haul

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. Numerous enhancements to MDL Builder, D3Express, and other system software make it easier for users to develop control strategies and optimize system performance. D3v16 preserves existing investments while paving the way for the future.


Lowest Total Cost of Ownership 

D/3 keeps automation costs at a minimum through a “No Hassle” licensing policy including unlimited users and no annual license fees, and with standard programming methodologies, embedded simulation capabilities, and the ability to modify and upgrade software without process interruption.  


Continuous Migration Path 

D/3 is the only process control system to have never forced a platform migration on its end users. We’ve maintained backwards compatibility for user applications while continuously incorporating new technologies and capabilities in easy-to-manage, stepwise upgrades that can be implemented without process interruption. 

“The D/3 has been controlling sterilizers, lypholizers, fluid bed dryers, coating pans, manufacturing tanks, air handling units, and much, much more on this site for over 30 years.  What other system… can make that claim?”– Gary D 


Complete System Virtualization  

D3v16 provides D/3 users with a hardware-independent development, testing, and training environment. These portable and easy-to-maintain virtual D/3 Systems allow users to learn, innovate, and optimize plant operations with greater convenience and flexibility than ever before. 


Modern Interfaces and Configuration


PI Integration 

D3v16 integrates with Pi Historian database to allow users to view, search, and filter alarm history files, find all places where a tag is used, execute runtime status reports, and display live tag data for groups of specified tags and trend groups. These groups can be saved as browser favorites on the client for quick access to the saved groups. 


Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10 

D3v16 runs on Windows Server 2016 and Microsoft Windows 10 Long Term Servicing Branch (LTSB). LTSB is more stable over time and does not allow automatic updates as in the standard Windows 10 offering. 

  • 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

  • A one-minute-long, time-lapse video that shows the replacement of Quantum I/O with NovaTech 8000 I/O at the DAK Americas PET plant in Cosoleacaque, Mexico. By prefabricating fully populated and tested panels and then shipping them directly to the job site, NovaTech was able to utilize much of the existing field terminations and cabinet wiring, thereby reducing the installation time.

    March 28, 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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