Industrial manufacturers have long known that operators can be quickly overwhelmed when overloaded with data at the console. Critical solutions such as alarm management and intuitive interfaces have been developed and redeveloped over the years to combat this threat...
Center for Operator Performance
Advanced Alarming Techniques Guide
Advanced alarming is defined as a collection of techniques that can help manage alarm rates in specific situations. The intent of this initiative is to provide a user guide that will provide guidance on advanced alarming techniques and how to implement them across different processes within our industries.
Operator Control Moves—Too Many or Too Few?
The intended results of a Center for Operator Performance (COP) research project are to measure operator performance as a function of workload to determine if there is an inverted “U”, where high and low workloads degrade performance.
10 Years Advancing Operator Performance via Research
Much research has been done over the last decade on improving the performance of plant operators to safely, reliably and efficiently operate their production processes. Huge contributions to these efforts have come from the Center for Operator Performance (COP). This...
Capturing and Transferring Plant Operator Expertise
As businesses in the West grapple with the demographic challenge of losing experienced employees to retirement, companies are taking various approaches to capturing and transferring this expertise to their incoming personnel. Emerson's Mark Nixon pointed me to a great...
Improving Operator Performance via Human Factors Research
Safe operations are a top priority for process manufacturers and producers. One major area affecting process and personnel safety is the capabilities and performance of plant operators. The Center for Operator Performance (COP) consortium brings together: …a diverse...
Are Human-Technology Interactions Solving or Causing Problems? Part 2
Last week, Emerson's Tom Wallace posed the question Are Human-Technology Interactions Solving or Causing Problems? in part one of a two-part series. Today, Tom explores this question by looking at how we learn, how we think, and how this applies to human-technology...
Operator Performance Research Put into Practice
This week, the Center of Operator Performance (COP) is meeting here in Austin, Texas. I have the opportunity to listen in, and share a few observations with you. You can follow these on my Twitter posts tagged #COPmtg. For those not familiar with the work of this...
Economic, Environmental and Safety Implications in Alarm Management
Managing the alarms in a process manufacturing plant is typically a large part of a plant operator's day. As process complexity has increased, the control system operator interface technologies have also had to improve to better communicate the abnormal conditions,...
Welcome Mark Nixon to the Modeling and Control Blog
I wanted to welcome a new blogger to the family of Emerson Process Management bloggers. Emerson's Mark Nixon joins Terry Blevins and Greg McMillan over at the Modeling and Control blog. You may recall Mark from some earlier posts on this blog. I've known Mark for many...
Human Centered Design in Operator Displays
Emerson's Juan Carlos Bravo highlights the human centered design improvements in the DeltaV version 11 release. His focus in this 5-minute YouTube video is on the DeltaV operator displays. Much of the design comes from the research conducted with the Center for...
Transferring Plant Operator Expertise
Chemical Processing magazine has a great article, Build Operator Expertise Faster, written by folks from the Center for Operator Performance (COPS). The article provides recommendations for how best to transfer the expertise of experienced plant operators who are...
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