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Nuisance Alarms and “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”

Nuisance Alarms and “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”

The purpose of an alarm is pretty straightforward - to draw the operator’s attention to an abnormal situation that requires action in order to prevent an undesired consequence. Alarms that don’t meet this principle often become nuisance alarms. A nuisance alarm is defined as:

“an alarm that annunciates excessively,…

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High Demand Diagnostic Credit?
  • by Dr. William Goble, CFSE
  • Thursday, January 19, 2017
  • Certification

High Demand Diagnostic Credit?

The IEC 61508 standard states that automatic diagnostics can only lower the dangerous undetected failure rate if those diagnostics execute 100 times faster than the expected demand rate.  That requirement has always seemed excessive to many of us here at exida.  As an accredited Certification Body we…

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Reducing Project Lifecycle Cost with exSILentia®
  • by Kate Hildenbrandt
  • Wednesday, January 18, 2017
  • Software

Reducing Project Lifecycle Cost with exSILentia®

The international functional safety standard IEC 61511 provides the safety lifecycle as a steadfast guideline to assess and mitigate risk for manufacturing processes including refineries, chemical, petrochemical, pulp and paper, and power plants. To achieve a functionally safe system, it is essential to follow each…

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IF COMPUTERS RULED THE WORLD…

IF COMPUTERS RULED THE WORLD…

What if the best minds of the world got together to generate the optimum requirements specification for human co-habitation?  And built it into one large decision matrix to run on the best super-computers?

Decisions would be made solely on objective criteria; no mental arbitration, no skipping steps, no checking…

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Conceptual Design and SIL Verification’s Ultimate Resource

Conceptual Design and SIL Verification’s Ultimate Resource

The Importance of Process Safety to the next Generation of Chemical Engineers

The Importance of Process Safety to the next Generation of Chemical Engineers

The 3rd Party Effect (Part 1)

The 3rd Party Effect (Part 1)

Have you even wondered, been involved, or WERE the little kid that didn’t listen to your parents, but always listened to a teacher?  This is called the “Third party effect.”  In business, it is well known that the power of persuasion can be the most effective by a third…

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How to become a world-class expert (the 10,000 hour rule)

How to become a world-class expert (the 10,000 hour rule)

In the book “Outliers”, Malcolm Gladwell popularized the notion that to become an expert in a field requires putting in 10,000 hours of practice.

The emerging picture from studies of expertise is that ten thousand hours of practice is required to reach the level of mastery associated with being…

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Realistic Failure Rate Data – Necessary

Realistic Failure Rate Data – Necessary

Reliability engineers have known for decades that realistic data must ultimately come from one source, quality field failure data for devices operating in a similar application. 

Perhaps that is why IEC 61511:2016, Clause 11.9.3 states

“The reliability data used when quantifying the effect of random failures shall…

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Back to the Future?

Back to the Future?

At 7am, my personal robot (I call him ‘Jake’) turns on the bedroom lights to 50% brightness and waits for my body to recognize the onset of morning.  If I take longer than 5 minutes, Jake will begin to play some soft music.  This is usually enough to get…

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Introduction to ICS Security - Pt. 4 - Control System Assessments

Introduction to ICS Security - Pt. 4 - Control System Assessments

Over the last couple of blogs, I mapped out the importance of ISA/IEC-62443/ISA-99 based cybersecurity and how it applies to your work environment. 

For part 1, I started from the beginning and outlined what exactly ICS cybersecurity is and why it is important. 

For part 2, I explained the difference between…

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Nothing Happens Until Someone Sells Something!

Nothing Happens Until Someone Sells Something!

When I first heard this phrase, I was working in an R&D group developing electronic DCS.  My first interpretation was that until the Sales Department got an order for a new product, new ideas sort of sat on the shelf with low priority… meaning that people were probably working…

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Introduction to ICS Security - Pt. 3 - ISA / IEC 62443 Structure

Introduction to ICS Security - Pt. 3 - ISA / IEC 62443 Structure

Over the next couple of blogs, I plan to map out the importance of ISA/IEC-62443/ISA-99 based cybersecurity and how it applies to your work environment.  I'll also explain some of our services so that you can see what might pertain to you.

For part 1, I started from the beginning and outlined…

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Welcome to my world
  • by John Yozallinas, CFSE
  • Sunday, October 02, 2016
  • Certification

Welcome to my world

Sure, you might think I’ve got it made… sitting here on my perch telling you what you need to do to meet IEC 61508, while you sit there with all the work to do.  Well, it wasn’t always that way.  I was in your shoes, responsible for achieving functional…

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The Crossroads of Alarm Management and Process Safety

The Crossroads of Alarm Management and Process Safety