Design Engineering

Enabling The Technology That Drives Reliability

Novate provides unique engineering design capabilities by integrating all of the disciplines required for a completely turnkey automation system implementation. To reliably achieve expected outcomes, design engineering must incorporate electrical, mechanical, process, network, instrumentation, and software elements. Designs must account for safety, serviceability, operating conditions, and often environmental regulations. Couple all of this with myriad technologies including control platforms, information systems, robotics, laser interferometers, line scan cameras, and more, it is easy to see how diverse your engineering team needs to be.

Through a combination of professional design processes, application of industry best practices, and rigorous adherence to the Novate Way, our expert team consistently delivers robust, intuitive solutions that produce reliable results every time.

Our Quality Work

Our full suite of engineering design services, industrial networking and control systems integration, and Industrial Managed Services ensure that our clients have all of the skill

Metal Foundry​

Automated Air Quality System​

Network engineering, Installation, Cybersecurity​ ​

Restored process network reliability and implemented automated compliance data analytics to streamline Air Quality Board reporting.

Utilized VM servers, Synology NAS Server, Watch Guard firewall, WIN-911, MS Azure Backup.​

Dairy Processing​

Industrial Network Modernization​

Network engineering, Installation, Cybersecurity​ ​

Upgraded process plant network to support additional demand from digital transformation initiatives throughout this facility. ​

Utilized Cisco Core Switches, Microwave backhaul, VM servers, Cisco firewall, DNA Center, Offsite Cloud Backup.​

Semiconductor Equipment​

Critical Life Safety Equipment Integration​

I&C Design, Panel Fabrication, Installation, Software Development​ ​

Integrated life safety equipment throughout clean rooms, wet labs, tank farms, and chemical storage areas to enhance emergency response times.​

Utilized Keyence flow switches, Rockwell remote I/O, Ignition SCADA platform, UL 508/A panel fabrication​


Integrated Refrigeration System ​

I&C Design, Network Engineering, Installation, Software Development​ ​

Designed and implemented a SCADA system for boilers, nitrogen generators, chillers, and storage areas to provide data capture, visualization, and alarming for improved operational performance ​

Utilized BACnet IP, Modbus, Ignition SCADA platform​

Frozen Food Processing​

Mixer Modernization ​

I&C Design, Panel Fabrication, Installation, Software Development​ ​

Converted obsolete legacy PLC platform to a current Rockwell platform to resolve ongoing reliability and support issues while increasing operational awareness. ​

Utilized EtherNet/IP, CompactLogix PAC, PanelView+ HMI​

Cement and Mining​

Batch Controls Upgrade​

I&C Design, Installation, Software Development​ ​

Designed and implemented a new control system for a batch control process to mitigate risk of obsolete hardware and provide enhanced management data for raw material scheduling.​

Utilized ControlLogix PAC, PanelView+ HMI, Ignition SCADA, Synology Backup, SAP Connector​

Food Processing​

Dryer Conveyor Controls Upgrade​

I&C Design, Panel Assembly, Networking, Software Development​ ​

Upgraded a conveyor control system for this food processing dryer to increase system reliability, enhance serviceability, and improve burner operation.​

Provided UL508/A panels, ABB VFDs, ControlLogix PAC, Cisco switches as well as implemented segmented OT network architecture. ​

Semiconductor Equipment ​

Critical Subfab Process Control Upgrade​

I&C Design, Networking, Software Development, Installation​ ​

Conducted risk assessment and updated legacy control platform for all subfab processes to enable a phased migration of critical facility equipment from ControlNet to EtherNet/IP.​

Provided ControlLogix PAC and updated Ignition SCADA.​


Propellant Mix and Cast Migration​

I&C Design, Panel Assembly, Software Development, Installation​ ​

Migrated motion control system on a Class II Div I propellant mix and cast system to resolve recurring mechanical failures and recurring loss of servo motors.​

Provided GuardLogix PAC, Safety I/O, Cisco switches, and Kollmorgen Servo​

Industrial Gas

TSA Canister Leak Check

Software Development, Testing ​

Implemented control system upgrade to add a new leak check sequence for canister purge & pressure process for increased situational awareness and operator safety. Provided programming for CompactLogix PAC, GE Proficy ME HMI

Elastomeric Compounds

Industrial Cooling Water Design Engineering

Mechanical Engineering Design, Permitting ​

Designed mechanical elements of the expansion of the Industrial Cooling Water (ICW) system to support the installation of additional mixing equipment for increasing production capacity. Provided PE stamped engineering design package and permit support with local AHJ


Life Safety Tunnel Heat Detection

Technology Assessment, Electrical and Mechanical Design, Installation ​

Migrated obsolete linear heat detection system with state of the art thermal heat detection system in a dual bore highway tunnel to improve situational awareness for life safety personnel. Provided FLIR AX8 IP67 cameras, designed mechanical camera mounts


Winery SCADA System

I&C Design, Panel Assembly, Software Development, Installation ​

Designed, developed and installed SCADA system at this boutique winery to allow for support personnel visibility and notification for former standalone systems including water tanks, waste treatment, and critical facility chillers. Ignition SCADA, TankNet, Rockwell CompactLogix PAC, Schneider Power Monitor

Industrial Gas

Safety Circuit Solution

I&C Design, Installation, Testing ​

Designed provided multiple phase implementation for a safety relay panel providing a common safety circuit solution for nine disparate OEM systems and two estop stations, allowing FM Global audit compliance. Provided programming engineering design package, GuardLogix safety relay

Food Processing

Processing Line Automation

I&C Design and Panel Assembly ​

Designed and assembled all control panels for capacity expansion of washing, drying, slicing and conveyance systems at this food processing plant Provided UL508/A panels with Rockwell CompactLogix PAC, Point I/O, and Phoenix Contact UPS

Hard Drive Manufacturer

Toxic Gas Life Safety System Upgrade

I&C Design, Panel Assembly, Software Development, Installation ​

Designed and implemented same day switchover strategy for legacy Siemens TGMS system with SCADA front end that included quick disconnect cabling solution for rapid field device transition. Provided Rockwell GuardLogix PAC, Wonderware InTouch, Phoenix Contact UPS, CISCO Ethernet Switch