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Process Alarm Toolkit

The alarm system is likely a critical component in any manufacturing facility, but the large number of alarms (both configured and occurring) can overwhelm attempts at engineering or managing them. The Control Arts Process Alarm Toolkit provides assistance for all facets of alarm system engineering - from capturing the alarm and operator move events in a secure database to managing alarm configurations to analyzing specific alarms and alarm events.

The Process Alarm Toolbox consists of the following modules:

AlarmCapture Automatically stores DCS alarms, operator moves, and system messages to an SQL database. Additional features allow the user to generate scheduled reports and to send alarms to other users in the plant.
AlarmAnalysis A collection of sophisticated statistical and graphical tests for analyzing the alarm system. This module ties the alarm events, operator moves, system measurements, and controller outputs into a sophisticated data mining application that quickly highlights alarm system shortcomings.
AlarmManager Provides an overview of the alarm configuration in the DCS, and supports a database of operator actions and responses for each alarm. Also allows a comparison of the current configuration to the design one so that changes to the configuration may easily be determined.
AlarmAssistant An improved operator annunciator that provides additional information and configuration for the operators. Access to the design documentation, sorting of alarms, etc. is easily accomplished.
AlarmInspector Scheduled reports of alarm quality metrics and alarm changes are generated by this module.
AlarmEnforcer Maintains the alarms at their design setting for the long term, but lets operators change alarm settings in the short term. This module compares the current configuration to a design configuration on a weekly, daily, or shift basis to ensure that alarms never go too far astray.
Control Arts Inc. 2014