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Partial Stroke Test for Final Elements—Diagnostic Coverage Factors

Posted in Final Control Element, Safety on Thursday, December 13th, 2018. No comments yet
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Author: Riyaz Ali Partial stroke test is one of the viable means to check mechanical integrity of Final Element of Safety Instrumented Function (SIF) loop. Generally, end users struggle on question of credit of PST for improvement in SIL (Safety Integrity Level). IEC 61508 and IEC 61511 define diagnostic coverage factors (DCF), but do not […]

Flame and Gas Detection in Layers of Protection

Posted in Analyzers, Safety on Friday, June 8th, 2018. No comments yet
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For manufacturing processes with hazardous substances that are combustible or can cause harm to people and property, flame and gas detection systems are often used as part of the risk mitigation strategy. This 11-minute video, Rosemount Flame and Gas Layers of Protection describes how these sensors are used in layers of protection for the process […]

Managing Storage Tank Pressure and Overfill Prevention

Posted in Safety on Friday, May 25th, 2018. No comments yet
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Across the energy supply chain bulk petroleum storage terminals play an important role in managing supply and demand. A critical safety function is to prevent an overfill condition in each of the storage tanks. Another critical function is to manage the pressure inside the tank to avoid overpressure or vacuum conditions that could damage the […]

Filling Gaps in Global Safety Standards

Posted in Final Control Element, Safety on Thursday, May 3rd, 2018. No comments yet
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A safety instrumented function (SIF)’s purpose is to reduce the risk of a specific hazard. For example, an upset condition in an oil and gas production separator may cause a series of SIFs within a safety instrumented system (SIS) to shut in the wells feeding the separator. A SIF contains a sensor, logic solver and […]

Level Sensor Safety Proof Testing

Posted in Level, Safety on Thursday, July 13th, 2017. No comments yet
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Backing up your computer or server is a waste of time if restoring the backup fails when you need it. Good practice is to test these backups on separate test systems periodically to make sure they restore properly. Similarly, safety instrumented systems (SISs) need to assure that each safety instrumented function (SIF)/safety loop does what […]