In many DCS and PLC applications, operators are flooded with alarms, which unfortunately means that important alarms can be ignored. It is a case of not being able to see the wood for the trees, and can result in production loss or material damage. The standards show that you are 'in control' as an owner if each operator does not have to deal with more than six alarms per hour. In recent years, there has been a tendency to merge process sections into a single control room, and the number of operators has fallen. This demands reflection and requires action.
Our Alarm Management program gives you better insight into the number and frequency of alarms. IAP consultants will be happy to help you reduce the number of alarms considerably, saving you time and money. The following aspects are considered:
- What is the concept behind the alarm?
- What is the layout of the area and the order of priorities?
- Which alarms are most frequent?
- Are the alarm parameters set correctly?
- Is dynamic alarm suppression preferred?