Whether building a new process control system or expanding an existing one, NovaTech offers analysis, design, configuration, testing and installation services aimed at keeping your enterprise’s digital backbone functioning at optimal levels. The complex nature and reliability requirements of modern industrial processes require a control system engineered for maximum agility and scalability. A growing process enterprise needs a process control systems that grow with them. With over three decades of industrial process control experience, NovaTech process control engineers leverage existing infrastructure and the latest advances to provide the highest levels of value and performance.
Areas of Expertise
Specification and selection of system components, Server configuration, Server virtualization, Client configuration, Backbone network design and configuration (Copper, Fiber, Wireless), I/O network design, Cyber Security configuration (User authentication and management, Firewall configuration, DMZ configuration, Patch management, White Listing configuration and management, Virus protection configuration and management, Installation, commissioning, validation support)
Safe plant operation under all failure modes
Process visibility under all failure modes
No single point of failure
Effective process control under all operating conditions
Improved human reliability
Abnormal situation management
Intellectual property protection
Access control and user authentication
Logging and alarming
Secure operating environment for Engineering, Operations and Management
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.
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.
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.
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.
NovaTech announces that it has installed a fully integrated automation system at one of the largest grain loadout facilities on the U.S. West Coast. The facility is a rail receiving to ship loading system that processes corn, soybeans, and wheat.
NovaTech Product Marketing Director, Chris Kourliouros, presented a paper entitled “New Paradigms in Mitigating Unplanned Events Caused by Human Error” on October 25th at the 2017 Texas A&M Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety International Symposium.
The editors of “Control” magazine were on site at the 2017 NovaTech Automation Summit in Baltimore. They offer coverage of some of the Summit’s presentations addressing process control’s most interesting challenges and pressing problems.
Manufacturing operations culture, alarming methodologies, process safety management practices, standard operating procedures, and automated control strategies must work in harmony to prevent abnormal performance.
As the issue becomes more and more dependent on human and machine integration, new technologies and implementation techniques like advanced procedural automation can be applied, which will greatly affect operational performance.
In 1999, NovaTech installed D/3® Version 9 at AbbVie’s North Chicago facility. Although the system was still running seventeen years later, it became increasingly difficult to maintain. The system was running on a VMS platform, which Corporate IT no longer wanted to support. With the backing from IT, engineering, and operations, AbbVie was ready to upgrade their NovaTech D/3 System in 2016.
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.
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.
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.