January 2017

Process Control and Instrumentation

Improve plant work processes with enhanced alarm response programs

One of the unfortunate realities of automation in process industries is the stubborn inability to improve on the weakest link of the chain: human beings.

Millinger, G., MAVERICK Technologies

One of the unfortunate realities of automation in process industries is the stubborn inability to improve on the weakest link of the chain: human beings. Human operators are a critical element of process plant control systems. One of their main functions is dealing with abnormal situations and alarms, something they often seem ill-prepared to handle. In processing plants, studies show that people are one of the major causes of process upsets and other abnormal situations (FIG. 1). Fig. 1. In processing plants, people are responsible for causing about 40% of process upsets and other abnormal situations. Source: Abnormal Situation Management Consortium.

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