Arts article on controller performance assessment is the most downloaded
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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 facits 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:
||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.
||A collection of sophisticated numerical and graphical tests
for analyzing the alarm system. This module ties the alarm events,
operator moves, system measurements, and controller outputs
into a sophistcated data mining application that quickly highlights
alarm system shortcomings.
||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
||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.
||Scheduled reports of alarm quality metrics and alarm changes
are generated by this module.
||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.