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HP Integration Strategies: A good alarm management strategy

The ISA S18.02 standard provides a much needed, standardized framework for implementing an effective and sustainable alarm management strategy in refineries, petrochemical plants and other process pla..

O'Brien, L., ARC Advisory Group

The ISA S18.02 standard provides a much needed, standardized framework for implementing an effective and sustainable alarm management strategy in refineries, petrochemical plants and other process plants. Alarm management continues to be a serious issue for process automation end users. According to NIST, an average of $20 billion is lost in the US manufacturing industry every year due to abnormal conditions. Forty percent of these incidents can be directly attributable to human error. When you consider that alarm systems are the critical point between emerging abnormal situations and the operator action required to alleviate those situations, it becomes obvious that a refinery's alarm manag

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