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Transferring Plant Operator Expertise

Posted in Operator Performance, Operator Training on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009. No comments yet
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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 rapidly approaching retirement age. The article opening well describes the challenge: Most process plants are struggling with […]

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 […]

Modernization Project Operator Training

Posted in Modernization, Operator Training on Tuesday, August 18th, 2009. No comments yet
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A great question came into the Process Automation Usability Project site, in the Implementation forum section. The post, Is training sufficient asks: How many companies institute a formal training procedure — not only when controls systems are changed, but for smaller changes as well? Have reduced budgets cut too much into training? Emerson’s Gordon Lawther, […]

Sparking Process Automation Usability Conversations

Posted in Miscellaneous on Wednesday, August 12th, 2009. No comments yet
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You may have seen the Sound Off! blog post, Welcome to the Process Automation Usability Project– #PAutoUP. It announced: We have been working on a Web 2.0 Social Media enabled way for the process automation community to discuss, teach and learn about usability issues in process automation for some time. It is called the Process […]