November 2013

Special Report: Plant Safety and Environment

What every manager should know on control safety instrumented systems

Plant and project managers have limited time to wade through the volumes of jargon, terminology, and new processes and equipment associated with key security issues.

Shah, G. C., Wood Group Mustang

The security over process control and safety systems has become a major concern within the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI). Managers want to ensure that their plants or projects are safe and secure at all times. Unfortunately, plant and project managers have limited time to wade through the volumes of jargon, terminology, and new processes and equipment associated with security issues. Here are some guidelines to improve control and safety systems from the managerial level. The big picture Basic process control system (BPCS) networks and safety integrity system (SIS) networks are pivotal for efficient data communications, safety and productivity. Fig. 1 shows the typical arrangement

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