Alarm Management References

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    • Leadership Participation in Alarm Standards Committees
    • Dedicated Alarm Management Focus
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    • Broad Industry Experience

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Chemicals

Chemicals represent a diverse industry that varies from small specialty chemical batch production to large, multi-unit continuous bulk chemical operations. There are many common alarm management challenges within the industry but also some differences based on the particular process. TiPS leverages our over 20 years of experience serving the chemical industry to help our customers overcome the individual alarm management challenges associated with their specific operations.



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Common Chemical Industry Challenges

    • Connecting to multiple control systems as alarm sources within a plant or enterprise
    • Default settings in control systems that have not been rationalized or updated
    • Complex alarm relationships that are unclear to operators when alarms activate
    • Poor distribution of alarms across consoles


TiPS Chemical Industry Solutions

    • Broad, established connectivity portfolio and custom connectivity integration services
    • Rationalization tools within LogMate and workshops by industry-leading experts
    • Analysis tools to identify related alarms, alarm floods, chattering alarms and other alarm events
    • Alarm analysis for workload studies to improve alarm distribution throughout the control room



User Scenario

The control room operator is responsible for the distillation unit within the plant which includes a series of columns. An unexpected thunderstorm moves through causing a drastic shift in ambient temperature and causing an upset in the columns. Within a five minute time frame, the operator is inundated with a flood of alarms. He quickly acknowledges the alarms believing they are all related to the upset so that he can get back to trying to get the columns lined out. The column cannot be brought back into control and the distillation area is shutdown, eventually shutting down the entire plant.

Upon further analysis, one of the flood alarms was related to a low flow which ended up damaging a pump. This incident caused significant downtime and expensive repairs to the pump.

LogMate is the solution for alarm flooding, nuisance alarms, confusing alarm relationships and other negative alarm events occurring in your plant.

As early adopters of the Distributed Control System (DCS) eager to fully leverage this new technology, the chemical industry was among the first to confront overactive alarm systems and embrace alarm management. As the industry has matured, many chemical companies have established strong alarm management programs.

However, there are many companies that continue to face alarm events that have a negative impact on operational effectiveness and disrupt plant operations. These may include nuisance alarms, alarm flooding, chattering alarms, and many other alarm issues which can lead to confusion and frustration in the control room. The adverse impact of these issues can be production incidents that cause significant financial loss. Good alarm management reduces risk of incident while also optimizing alarms so that the operator can focus on daily production quality and throughput improving overall operational performance.

Whether you have an alarm philosophy in place and continue to struggle with alarm management issues, or you have never defined and documented your alarm philosophy and need help doing so, TiPS has the products and services that can help address your chemical production alarm management issues. We’ve been helping companies just like yours solve problems like this since 1990.