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Improving Plant Operation through Better Alarm Management

Posted in Abnormal Situation Prevention, Operator Performance, Refining on Thursday, February 9th, 2012. No comments yet
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At the ARC Industry Forum this week in Orlando, Ergon‘s Steve Elwart shared how they have taken a systematic approach in managing alarms at the refinery to reduce unplanned downtime, avoid equipment failure, and improve operator performance. He opened with an incident surrounding a fired heater unit. Due to a flood of alarms, high tube […]

Can DCS HMI Impact Operator Performance?

Posted in Operator Performance, Usability on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009. No comments yet
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So asks one of the liveliest conversations going on the Process Automation Usability Project site. The thread begins with an observation by the Putman Media staff: Many recent accidents have clearly identified the contribution of bad alarm management practices as a major contribution. Action has been taken by regulators, standards bodies and customer forums to […]