The D/3 Distributed Control System maximizes the lifetime profitability of a process plant by combining bulletproof reliability, maximum application software configurability, and a Continuous Migration Path unmatched by any other automation vendor. This balance of runtime performance and application agility allow a D/3-controlled facility to ensure product quality, speed development, ensure safe operations under all conditions, and deliver sustainable value over many decades of service.
Secure, Open and Fully Redundant Architecture
The D/3 utilizes off-the-shelf servers and network hardware along with our Process Controllers and 8000 Series I/O to create a remarkably reliable, scalable, Cyber Secure and fully redundant System Architecture.
Modular and Standardized Programming
D/3 uses Sequence and Batch Language (SABL) to manage sequential, batch and continuous processes together, allowing the complete integration of all process components into a single programming environment. This makes changes much easier to develop and deploy than in distributed “Islands of Automation” topologies. NovaTech Applications Engineers apply our own best practices and client’s corporate standards into programming standards that ensure the long term maintainability of all applications by incoming personnel.
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
Integrated Continuous, Batch and Sequential Automation
The unit-relative and object-oriented SABL programming language offers a higher level of integration, granularity and application versatility compared to simpler control languages. While new D/3 users may find it intimidating, experienced users often cite SABL as the most powerful and essential aspect of the D/3’s capability to handle the most complex process challenges, year after year. Users develop automation projects with graphical, object-oriented authoring of Master Device Logic for pumps, motors, valves. Thousands of devices can use (or “instance”) the logic of the master device, and users need only specify differences (such as tag name and I/O address) for each subsequent device, or “instance” the entire unit (including all of its logic) in “like” units, thereby using one set of programs for multiple units. These features significantly reduce code generation, maintenance, and validation costs for new plants or plant expansions. As a result, new products developed faster, regulatory requirements are easier to meet, and products are manufactured consistently and at the lowest possible cost. FlexBatch users can develop, schedule, manage, document and centrally maintain recipes for globally distributed plants without engineering or IT personnel. FlexBatch exceeds the ISA S88 and IEC 61512 standards for batch control.
Plant operators, engineers, and managers can easily create, modify, and access process data through a combination information-dense process graphics, intuitive browser-like system configuration and maintenance dialogues, and web and mobile KPI dashboards. TotalVision HMI screens can mimic older style production graphics alongside modern High Performance HMI screens, and users can drag-and-drop Smart Graphical Objects from a library of thousands or easily create their own. The ProcessVision console provides engineers with browser-like system navigation from the entire plant down to a specific loop. The D3Express is a read-only thin client optimized for mobile views that tracks specific loops and other KPIs on-the-go.
Users can assign 256 alarm categories and 256 priorities, filter and sort alarms, display multiple alarm windows, inhibit downstream alarms and adjust alarm classifications based on the status of your process areas. Systems are designed in accordance with ANSI 18.2 Alarm Management standards. Additional audit and rationalization functions are available with our integration of PAS’ PlantStateSuite software.
The D/3 TrendR data historian securely and efficiently captures virtually any field related to TAG or batch or continuous plant operation into single or redundant archives. Users track real time operational performance, analyze historical KPI data and create an unlimited number of trended data into meaningful displays. Users can view multiple trend displays at each operator workstation and as embedded within TotalVision process graphics.
Reports are manually generated or automatically triggered based on plant operational status. Batch reports may be automatically started at batch initiation to capture all KPI data for each vessel, unit operations, a log of all events including operator comments, program print statements, and any abnormalities in allocated equipment. Diagnostic, informational and shift reports can be scheduled or manually triggered to identify abnormal system characteristics, find where a specified tag is used, or find spare I/O modules. Shift change reports identify all tags in manual mode, all off-scan tags, all forced tags, all devices in override, and all devices with faults so that an incoming operator is quickly informed and can make better decisions.
Product tracking displays allow users to determine key start and stop times, what equipment or process units are being used for a batch or production run, what recipe is being used, targets and actuals for each recipe variable, and what step of the process each unit is in.
All process data is made available in industry standard formats like ODBC, DCE, OPC, and standard C++ data access techniques to Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Supply Chain Planning (SCP), equipment control and Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS). Legacy islands of automation within the plant can be accessed and integrated more easily than you might expect with the OrionLX automation platform.
NovaTech 8000 Series Ethernet I/O operates within a -40ºC to +70ºC temperature range and meets ISA G3 corrosion resistance, is HART capable and available in a 1-to-6 redundancy configuration. D/3 also directly supports I/O from Schneider and Siemens, and protocols include Modbus/TCP, EtherNet/IP, Foundation Fieldbus, and DF-1.
Ensure compliance with such industry recognized standards as S72, ODBC, OPC, S88, and IEC-61512. I/O hardware offered with D/3® is UL, FM, and CE approved for use internationally.
Lowest Total Cost of Ownership
D/3 keeps automation costs at a minimum through a “No Hassle” licensing policy, standard programming methodologies, embedded simulation capabilities, and the ability to modify and upgrade software without process interruption.