exida Recorded Webinars

The Philosophy Behind an Effective Alarm System

Recording Date: March 2015

A first step in developing an effective alarm management program is often the development of an alarm philosophy document that complies with the ISA-18.2 / IEC 62682 standards on alarm management. In this webinar we will look at how to build a philosophy that complies with the requirements and recommendations of the standards, leverages the capabilities of your control system, and is tailored to the way you operate your plant. The webinar will also highlight important alarm management requirements (e.g., classification, alarm shelving, prioritization, alarm suppression, alarm response procedures, and maintenance) and will discuss the considerations and best practices associated with each.

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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.