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AlarmCapture V5.0

A DCS may keep a record of past alarms and operator moves, but there is often a tight limitation on the number of saved events, and the text-based format of the records isn't suitable for analysis. The Control Arts AlarmCapture program replaces the alarm printer on the DCS printer port - neatly storing (in real time!) all the alarms, operator moves, and system messages generated at any console.

The AlarmCapture interface simply shows all alarm occurrences, making it a handy addition to standard DCS annunciators. One AlarmCapture can replace up to 8 alarm printers, and it's even possible to pass through alarms and DCS reports to a modern (i.e., not dot-matrix) printer.


More than just capturing and storing the alarms, the AlarmCapture program extends the alarm system to a host of other applications, including:

  • Scheduled reports of all alarm occurrences and/or alarm changes.
  • Forwarding of specified alarms to SMS (phone text messages). Let high priority alarms be sent directly to the people who need them immediately.
  • Instant messaging of alarms to any computer on the network.
  • Simple query display for retrieving alarm and operator moves occurrences from the database.

Supported DCS Types:

  • Honeywell TDC (US and GUS)
  • Honeywell PKS
  • Foxboro I/A
  • Yokogawa (CS-3000, Centum-XL)
  • Bailey Infi90
  • Emerson DeltaV
  • ABB Freelance 2000
  • Fischer Provox
  • Cerbus Fire Control

Supported Databases

  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • MySQL
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