April 2002

Instrumentation/Safety

The safe automation gap – Part 1

An organization's safety culture can help bridge this void

Summers, A., SIS-Tech Solutions, LLC

The hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) has adopted automation that improves product quality and production rates, reduces potential operator error and decreases manpower requirements. Industrial process automation includes process controls, alarms, safety-instrumented systems (SIS) and consequence mitigation systems. While these require less manpower once installed, more effort and attention during specification and design are required. Well-implemented automation facilitates safe operation; thus, poor implementation significantly affects hazardous incidents that may involve people, environment and assets. The HPI is making significant investments that are encouraging, gu

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