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On Joe’s first day back, there was a compressor trip. This caused a single emergency priority alarm to be sent to the control system. Joe was accustomed to assessing the plant’s state based on the rate of alarms. He naturally assumed things were running quite smoothly: he had only a single alarm in nearly 30 minutes! His delayed intervention escalated the upset to an unnecessary plant shutdown.
Effective operator training ensures that operators know what needs to be done, when, and how. Remember team-involved plans are the only foundation for project success. If unable to provide effective in-house operator training there are companies that specialize in third-party training. I
Blunder #11: Overhauling the Whole System at Once
In line with proper training, implementation should be staged. implementation strategy becomes complicated. This will only ensure that it never gets done. Recognizing this prior to rationalization will help personnel break the execution into easy steps. This also enables operations to become accustomed to the changes gradually, thus improving the chances of success.
Failing to assign roles and responsibility is the management project. I advocate resolving this by encouraging “accountability through visibility”. In other words, make sure everyone has access to their peers’ data. This will motivate your plant personnel to work together and prove they run the “tightest ship”. Some sites may make excuses and complain, but in the end they will improve plant operations to avoid repeated corporate humiliation. This sounds harsh, but it works.
It is best to define maintenance tasks and assign responsibility for them at an early project stage such as during the project plan design. This must be done in a simple manner, both textually and in actual day-to-day practice, to ensure the sustained support of the idea. This will give personnel an opportunity to participate in the y will be more likely to use the new technologies because they have ownership from participating in the initial configuration. system installation and/or verification and they will be more likely to use the new technologies because they have ownership from participating in the initial configuration.
Alarm manaonly succeed if they are implemented properly. If you follow the recommended project methodology, and if you avoid the common mistakes we’ve examined throughout this paper, you will have an effective and successful alarm management project that will make your personnel more productive and your plant run more reliably.
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