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 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.