exida Recorded Webinars

Alarm Management 101: Everything You Want to Know, But Are Afraid to Ask

Recording Date: June 2016

If you are just getting started with alarm management or need a refresher, then this webinar is for you. We will cover the most important concepts and principles of alarm management as taken from industry standards (ISA-18.2, IEC 62682) and guidelines (EEMUA 191, ASM). Tune in to learn the following:

Why there are so many alarms configured in a typical system
How to determine when an alarm is needed (and when it is not appropriate)
How to determine when alarms are redundant
How to define a useful limit for an alarm (alarm setpoint)
How to manage alarms that are special (such as those used for safety)
How many alarms can an operator get (and still do their job)
How to let the operator know which alarm to respond to first
How to let the operator know what action to take for an alarm
How to determine whether you have alarm management issues
How to make sure the alarm occurs only when it is supposed to

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About the Presenter:

Todd Stauffer

Todd Stauffer Todd Stauffer, PE, is responsible for exida’s alarm management products and services (training, consulting, SILAlarm™ rationalization software). He has been an editor and voting member of the ISA-18.2 standards committee on alarm management since 2005. He was an active participant in the development / publication of the ISA-18.2 standard itself and as an editor / reviewer for ISA’s series of technical reports on alarm management (including ISA-18.2 TR1 “Alarm Philosophy” and TR3 “Basic Alarm Design” for which he served as co-chair). He is currently the co-chair of the joint working group developing ISA-84.91.03 “Functional Safety of Safety Controls, Alarms, and Interlocks for the Process Sector”. Todd is an instructor for ISA’s official training class on alarm management and is exida’s representative on the EEMUA 191 committee. He has executed numerous alarm philosophy workshops, gap assessments, and alarm management training classes for different control system platforms. Todd developed exida’s alarm philosophy best practices template. He is also the product manager for the SILAlarm rationalization software tool. Todd is an industry thought leader in alarm management. He has published numerous articles and presented many papers at supplier user group and industry conferences. His presentations have garnered three “Best in Conference” nominations and his article “Don’t be Alarmed: Avoid Unplanned downtime from alarm overload“ was selected as Intech magazine’s best article of the year in 2007.