Hardware and Network Engineering

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NovaTech offers custom I/O cabinet design and fabrication, power distribution grounding design and analysis, I/O network design configuration and installation, custom interface design, commissioning, and lifecycle maintenance service.

Hardware Engineering

Skilled NovaTech designers and electrical engineers can design, test, validate, and install custom hardware for your process control application. We offer a full suite of Hardware Engineering services from consultation on individual components to complete system design and total system lifecycle maintenance.


  • Custom interface design
  • Custom I/O cabinet design and fabrication
  • Custom board design fabrication and production
  • Network design and configuration
  • I/O Migration and upgrade engineering
  • Commissioning services
  • Integration services for Modicon (200, 800 & Quantum), Allen-Bradley (1771 & Flex), Siemens (Simatic 505 and S7-300) and D/3 (Series 16000 and 8000) I/O
  • Custom I/O panel implementation, Nema (1, 12, 4 and 4x), purged systems and intrinsically safe designs
  • Custom termination panel designs and implementation, enhanced CableFast and QuickBloc

Cabinet Fabrication


All NovaTech cabinets have been built and tested to ensure full functionality prior to delivery, eliminating assembly, wiring and testing worries.  Once it arrives at your dock and your field cables are installed, you’ll be ready to energize.

Cabinet Types

  • Floor-mount, free-standing or wall mount cabinets
  • Single or multiple bays
  • Modular or continuous welded design
  • Single or two door, front and/or rear access designs
  • Accessories include windows, lights, drip shields, painted or galvanized sub-panels
  • Server and Network cabinets
  • X, Y, and Z purge kits
  • Industry standards: NEMA 1, 3R, 12, 4, 4X, IP66, UL508A and cUL C22.2 for type 4 and 12
  • Painted, fiberglass or stainless steel construction
  • Environmental controls to include fans and vents, vortex coolers, air conditioners, and heat exchangers
  • Humidity control
  • Complete cabinet assembly and internal wiring
  • Point to point testing

Network Engineering

When building a new network or troubleshooting or expanding an existing one, we offers a range of analysis, design, testing, and installation services that keep a facility’s digital backbone functioning at optimal levels. Our extensive experience with protocol emulation – the creation of seamless interfaces between disparate proprietary devices and networks – allows us to interface with most any standard, legacy, and proprietary network or device. Customers can thereby continue using a greater percentage of their existing hardware and network infrastructure during an upgrade.

Power and Grounding Services

Poor power quality (surges, sags, power failures, transients, harmonic distortion, conducted radio frequency energy, chronic high or low line voltages, poor frequency regulation) and inadequate grounding (ground resistance too high, ground leads too long, ground loops between grounding systems, excessive common mode voltages, electrical noise on grounding systems) can affect your production equipment and the digital systems tied to them, leading to data corruption and computer crashes. NovaTech’s Power & Grounding Service begins with a site survey and thorough analysis of your power and grounding systems. We document our findings, design and recommend countermeasures, manage their installation and test their effectiveness.

  • 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

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