What Is Alarm Management ?

Alarm management software aids end users in formalizing the alarm philosophy, implementing a proper design per the best practices, and then enforcing and maintaining the gains realized from the effort. This allows operators to see pertinent information presented by a trustworthy system.

Many factors contribute to poor quality and abnormal situations. Human error is among the largest contributors to these issues, and a poorly designed and implemented alarm system can exacerbate the problem. The industry has responded to this with standards and best practices like ISA 18.2, EEMUA 191, and IEC 62682.

Alarm management, in general, continues to be a big issue in process plants, driven largely by the need to conform to current standards and best practices like ISA 18.2, EEMUA 191, and IEC 62682, and also a pivot to the focus on risk management. The primary goal of these standards and practices is to develop a continuous improvement approach to alarm management and ease the alarm burden on operators, so they only see the information they need to see, particularly during process upsets or other abnormal situations.

Alarm management solutions continue to increase functionality to better address over-alarm situations, provide better reporting, and reduce the burden on plant resources. Companies realize that proper alarm management improves the bottom line and are beginning to recognize that it also contributes positively in their environmental, social, and governance (ESG) efforts.

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