exida Webinars

Alarm System Auditing and Enforcement – The Why and the How

7 October 2020

One of the important tasks defined in the ISA-18.2 / IEC 62682 alarm management lifecycle is to audit the alarm configuration settings in the control system (actual) versus those that have been specified during rationalization and are documented in the master alarm database (target). This webinar will discuss the Auditing and Enforcement process including why it should be done and how it can complement (but not make up for) the MOC process. We will discuss what alarm parameters are most important to audit and why. We will also review the pro’s and con’s of different methods for auditing and for enforcement.

Examples will be shown from various control systems including Emerson DeltaV, Rockwell PlantPAx, Yokogawa, and Honeywell.


Session: 10:00 - 11:00 AM EDT

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Session: 4:00 - 5:00 PM EDT

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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.