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Drowning in Alarm Floods? Learn how Automatic Alarm Flood Suppression Can Help

Recording Date: March 2019

The period after an equipment trip or shutdown is one of the most stressful and challenging times for operators. Part of the challenge stems from alarm floods; when the operator gets more alarms than they can respond to. If unabated, alarm floods can lead to a loss of situation awareness, the missing of alarms, operator error, or an incident. Alarm floods are one of the hardest alarm management issues to solve.

This presentation will discuss how you can eliminate alarm floods by designing and implementing alarm flood suppression logic in the control system. It will cover the best practices for design and implementation from ISA-18.2 / IEC 62682. It will show how to implement alarm flood suppression automatically in a DeltaV system using SILAlarm and pre-defined control modules. It will also show examples of how suppression can be implemented in Siemens PCS 7, Rockwell PlantPAx, and Yokogawa Centum systems.

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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 is an editor and voting member of the ISA-18.2 standards committee on alarm management and currently is the co-chair of ISA-18.2’s Working Group 3 (Basic Alarm Design). He is an instructor for ISA’s training class “Introduction to the Management of Alarm Systems”. Todd is also exida’s representative on the EEMUA 191 committee. Todd has experience leading alarm philosophy development workshops for clients and performing alarm philosophy gap analyses. He has published and presented numerous papers on alarm management. Recent works include “Implementing an Effective Alarm Management Plan” and “Benchmarking the Use of Alarms as Safeguards and IPLs”. 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.