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Introduction to Alarm Management

Enhanced Operational Insight

TRAC is a powerful KPI server and client with a flexible trending display and the ability to integrate with historical process data.

TRAC trends data from any OPC-HDA data source. TRAC can plot trends from an OPC-HDA enabled process historian, or it’s included, OPC-HDA compliant KPI server. TRAC can also plot alarms and events as bars along the lower portion of the graph. Trends may be overlaid or stacked in any combination and allow options for trendline design, colors, and smoothing.

All trends and bars plotted on a TRAC graph are chronologically aligned to show relative activity. TRAC can be used with a single category of data, for example as a KPI dashboard or an alarm activity graph, or with multiple categories of data, such as a combination of process and alarm trends.

Graphic Display

The graphing engine displays interactive trends and bar charts within a standard web browser. Alarm or event KPIs or process data are chronologically aligned and placed on the graph as stacked or overlaid line trends. Alarm and event totals can also be placed along the lower portion of the graph as a bar chart.

KPI Server and Client

The integrated KPI server calculates user-defined performance metrics and broadcasts them using OPCHDA. Since the TRAC graphing client is OPC-HDA compliant, KPIs can be displayed as trends within the standard TRAC interface, or used with any other OPCHDA compliant system such as ExperTune’s PlantTriage®.

Historian Integration

TRAC simplifies the process of researching batch variances and upsets by combining process historian data with alarms and events onto one interactive graph. The integrated data allows visualization and evaluation of alarm and event activity in line with process data trends. A Relative Time feature shows a visual indication of a root cause event, such as an equipment failure or batch start.

Key Uses for TRAC

    • Create, view, and share alarm and event KPIs
    • Diagnose unscheduled shutdowns or incidents
    • Review batches for variances and create thorough variance reports
    • Visualize how process variances affect alarm activity

Unique TRAC Features

    • Clickable, zoom capable chart interface
    • Dynamically synchronized data grid
    • Data can be plotted by point or tag, area, unit, or any other criteria
    • Drill down to specific event or actual process values
    • Shares configurations and criteria from other LogMate modules

Benchmark and Monitor Alarm Performance

Plot actual alarm activity against performance targets

Tracking alarm performance allows you to see whether the situation is improving. The LogMate trending package enables you to plot any measure of alarm performance against an expected target. Performance trends can be for a single unit, an entire site, or across an enterprise. The Microsoft® Internet Explorer® viewer makes trends available at any connected desktop. LogMate easily scales from a single engineer’s performance toolkit to a corporate alarm performance dashboard.

    • Track actual alarm performance against expectations
    • View alarm data at the plant or enterprise level

Real-Time and Incident Forensics

Combine process and event trends for effective incident review

When reviewing an upset or incident, it may be difficult to pinpoint exactly what has occurred using only alarm data or process historian trends:

    • If no alarm activated, why not? Did the sensor never reach the alarm activation point?
    • If the alarm did activate, is it not set correctly?
    • How much further did the measurement pass beyond the alarm point?

LogMate can combine process trends with alarm and event data on one screen for accurate contextual analysis of an upset or incident. Combined data is displayed in a standard Microsoft® Internet Explorer® browser, so it is easily accessible by the assessment team.

TRAC Integration