November 2013

Special Report: Plant Safety and Environment

Case history: Quantifying the benefits of alarm management

By using timely alarms that lead an operator to corrective actions, the goals are to improve plant safety, to increase efficiency and to reduce environmental constraint limit violations.

Ayral, T., Honeywell Process Solutions; Bilyk, J., Brown, K., Honeywell

The role of the process console operator has evolved. These operators are responsible for more equipment (assets), instrumentation, control loops and alarms. The process console operator role has become more complex with the advancement of the distributed control system (DCS). Alarm management (AM) improvement processes and solutions encompass practices and software designed to prevent alarm floods and “chatter,” and to reduce the information over-load to the console operator. The result is minimizing the potential damage caused by a process operator missing a critical alarm. By using timely alarms that lead an operator to corrective actions, the goal is to improve plant safety,

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