October 2019

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Associations: Integrated vs. non-integrated safety systems: Does it really matter?

ARC Advisory Group’s 23rd annual Industry Forum included a panel discussion that explored the relative merits of integrated vs. non-integrated safety systems in an increasingly connected world.

Gupta, M. S., ARC Advisory Group

ARC Advisory Group’s 23rd annual Industry Forum included a panel discussion that explored the relative merits of integrated vs. non-integrated safety systems in an increasingly connected world. As Hydrocarbon Processing readers know, for years there have been two warring factions on this issue: (1) Those who argue that the technology used for safety must be independent of the process control technology and (2) those who praise the benefits of a tightly integrated system with common technology. Both arguments have their merits. Cost, training and support benefits exist for using common technologies for both process and safety functions. Conversely, the threat of common mode failures could me

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