Alarm Management

The alarm system is a critical part of your facility’s process control system – a vital link between human operators and the industrial processes they oversee. The alarm system’s role is to interrupt the operator when the control system cannot cope with an upset, so the operator can manually intervene and bring the process back to normal operations. The alarm system is a fundamental layer of protection in the organisation’s risk reduction strategy to mitigate the impacts resulting from process upsets and equipment failures.

Abnormal situations impact your facility’s profitability in a number of ways:

  • Product throughput
  • Product quality
  • Equipment damage
  • Personal injury & loss of life
  • Job satisfaction & staff turnover

The goal of a high-performing alarm system is to support the operator in bringing the process under control as quickly as possible before a process upset propagates through the facility. The faster the operator can intervene with the right corrective actions, the less likely that abnormal situation will escalate to a quality excursion, shutdown trip, damaged equipment, or a safety incident.

Recent best-practices standards for alarm management (e.g., ANSI/ISA-18.2, IEC 62682) have established the minimum and recommended requirements for designing, operating, and maintaining alarm systems in the process industries. Regulators in various jurisdictions reference these standards as ‘recognised and generally accepted good engineering practices’ (RAGAGEP). We help our clients ensure their alarm systems stay in compliance with these standards and other industry guidelines.

Alarm Management Consulting Services

Autopro’s alarm management consultants work closely with our clients to understand their business and operations. We develop solutions tailored to our clients’ unique alarm management situation and challenges. Our vendor-independent commitment ensures we can work with whatever control systems and alarm management tools they have, and recommend the best available technology to close any gaps.

Our Alarm Management expertise helps ensure safe, reliable, and profitable operations. ​

  • Regulations & Standards
  • Strategic Planning
  • Alarm Philosophy Development
  • Alarm Rationalization
  • Advanced & Enhanced Alarm Design
  • Implementation Services
  • Lifecycle Support: Monitoring & Assessment, Management of Change
  • Alarm Management Program Audit
  • Training Services