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M.A.C. Solutions expands alarm management in ProcessVue software

April 13, 2015 - M.A.C. Solutions released a suite of alarm management services for ProcessVue suite of alarm management software, including alarm management benchmark assessments, alarm philosophy, alarm rationalisation, nuisance alarm remediation, advance alarm handling techniques, and alarm management training.

Benchmark Assessments
In order for companies to understand whether or not they have an alarm management problem, they must first carry out an audit of their complete alarm management system. The Benchmark Assessment service from MAC Solutions considers every aspect of alarm management at the site, quickly identifying any gaps that may exist in the management of alarms. A report is produced that is focused on driving forward improvements applicable to the site based on prioritised recommendations and action plans.
Alarm Philosophy

Fundamental to the success of any alarm management initiative is the creation of an Alarm Philosophy. This is something that industry regulators expect sites to have. MAC Solutions can help guide customers through the process of developing their Alarm Philosophy site document, or can author it on the site’s behalf.
Alarm Rationalisation

If a site has too many alarms, the alarm rationalisation service can help to remove unnecessary alarms from the alarm population, correctly prioritising those alarms that remain, as well as creating an Alarm Response Manual. A successful rationalisation program will deliver not only improved compliance with regulatory obligations, but will also improve production through better operability and fewer plant upsets.

Nuisance Alarm Remediation

Whilst very common in modern alarm management systems, nuisance alarms devalue the usefulness of alarm systems. M.A.C. Solutions can help by either providing regular monthly reports based on supplied alarm data that highlight nuisance alarms and possible remedies, or by working with the customer on-site to identify and resolve the problem alarms.

Advance Alarm Handling Techniques

Even if a site has already rationalised its alarms and is managing nuisance alarms, there may still be too many alarms within the system. If this is the case, M.A.C. Solutions can help address this situation by helping to further reduce the alarm load by considering and applying advanced alarm handling techniques such as alarm grouping, logic-based alarming and dynamic alarm masking.

M.A.C. Solutions offers a range of alarm management training courses to provide practitioners with an understanding of alarm management and how this can be implemented at their site. This includes providing site operators with an understanding of their roles and why there is a need for alarm management.