exida Recorded Webinars

Master the Basics of Alarm Management: A Review of the Best Practices in ISA-TR18.2.3-2015

Recording Date: February 2016

This webinar will review the best practices documented in TR3 – Basic Alarm Design, one of the series of technical reports created to supplement the ISA-18.2 standard on alarm management. Application of basic alarm design techniques, such as alarm deadband and on/off delay have been shown to significantly reduce alarm load on the operator (by 45 – 90% in one study). The webinar will discuss the best practices around the use of deadband, on / off delay, and PV filtering. Other areas of discussion include the use of alarm states in control logic, re-alarming, alarm latching, and considerations for selecting the appropriate alarm type.

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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.