Energy and Utilities Management

Energy is Money

Optimize Profits with Real-Time, Common and Verifiable Energy Costs Per Unit of Production

Energy and Utilities costs have become the largest controllable cost in many process facilities. A shared, real-time, and accurate picture of all energy options and equipment efficiencies can turn this growing challenge into a source of competitive advantage. NovaTech Energy Management solutions include survey and analysis services, KPI dashboard development, and complete power system SCADA solutions that allow a process enterprise to make more informed decisions for reducing energy costs and environmental impact.  Energy Management solutions provide the greatest value for process components with high or variable energy demands such as boilers, chillers, distillation, and central power production.


Solution Architecture



Energy Survey and KPI Dashboards

NovaTech engineers use a sophisticated set of software programs and algorithms to track the efficiency and energy usage of critical plant equipment and drive behavioral change. Factory Acceptance Tests (FATs) use sophisticated simulation techniques and historical plant data to develop role-based dashboards of KPIs associated with plant operations. These detailed screens are utilized by utilities supervisors and plant operators, arming them with information regarding the historical and real-time efficiency of each utility and all major utility equipment at the facility, including water and glycol chillers, cooling towers, de-ionized water trains, air compressors and boilers. All displays, including summary screens for plant managers, are web-based and available to all plant personnel via a web server on the plant’s intranet. Utility and gas costs are reduced by avoiding peak demand penalties and generating steam from the most efficient boilers.

Power Measurement and Data Integration

Bitronics SCADA Meters and Event Recorders offer a highly reliable and easily deployable solution for tracking power usage and quality at all consumption and generation points within a process plant.  The OrionLX and OrionLXm Substation Automation Platforms consolidate power and protective relay data from islands of automation, cogeneration assets, and utility interconnection substations.  Widely recognized for their durability and ease of use in electric utilities, Orion and Bitronics products provide a comprehensive and accurate baseline of electrical power consumption and for benchmarking and utility audits.

Advanced Process Control

Advanced Process Control from AspenTech provides additional benefit by moving plant operations closer to ideal set points without compromising safety or quality.   APC presents the greatest benefits to processes with high raw material costs, tight security or quality requirements, control requirements beyond PID loops, or that are influenced by other processes within the plant.

Example Software Screens

Natural Gas Dashboard

Natural Gas Dashboard

Air Compressor Dashboard

Air Compressor Dashboard

Boiler Performance Dashboard

Boiler Performance Dashboard

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    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.

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  • 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

  • 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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