exida Recorded Webinars

HMI Design to Improve Operator Response to Alarms

Recording Date: October 2019

The alarm system and Human Machine Interface (HMI) are the main interfaces for process plant operators to monitor and control the process. This webinar will discuss HMI Design practices that can help improve the operator’s response to abnormal situations based on human factors considerations. It will discuss techniques for optimizing situation awareness before, during, and after an upset. It includes best practices in the configuration of process graphics and the alarm system taken from the ISA-18.2 and ISA-101 standards. It also references the work of Micah Endsley, the ASM Consortium, and the Center for Operator Performance.

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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.