SELLERSVILLE, PA (August 31, 2010)—exida, a global supplier of functional safety and security products, services, and certifications, has released SILAlarm™, an alarm rationalization tool designed to take the guesswork out of alarm system design.
SILAlarm supports compliance with the ISA-18.2 alarm management standard and good engineering practices. It guides users through the alarm rationalization process tailored to reflect the requirements of a company’s alarm philosophy document. It serves as the master alarm database, recording the results of the alarm design (priority, limit, deadband, classification and suppression) as well the cause, consequence, time to respond and recommended operator response.
Alarm design details can be exported to automatically populate the control system configuration and to create operator alarm response procedures.
“Alarm rationalization is one of the key activities in ISA-18.2’s alarm management lifecycle and is critical to create a sustainable and effective alarm management program,” says exida’s Todd Stauffer, director of Alarm Management services. “In the past, companies considered rationalization too burdensome and expensive. Today, SILAlarm easily and economically reduces alarm loads on the operator, eliminates nuisance alarms and improves operator response.”
SILAlarm can be used with new and existing systems and is available standalone as well as integrated with exSILentia™, exida’s market leading suite of functional safety engineering tools.
“History has shown that there is a strong connection between functional safety and alarm management,” says Bill Goble, principal partner at exida. “SILAlarm, in combination with exSILentia, gives end users and integrators a way to effectively manage the relationships between the design of their alarm and their safety instrumented systems.”