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Matrikon Summit 2007

"Matrikon is growing," says CEO Amin Rawji, "and this is reflected in the number of countries attending this event this year. We are truly a global company." "Our vision," he said, "is to be the key company to help you reach your operational excellence goals by helping manage all operational data.

The Virtues of Simplicity, Habibi style

I received this email from Eddie Habibi, CEO and founder of PAS: Hello Walt,I hope you're doing well and enjoying the Spring in Illinois. All is well at this end.I saw your editor's note in the April issue of CONTROL, "The Virtues of Simplicity." As always, it was hard to...

Ian Nimmo on the changing DCS

Ian Nimmo is the expert on HMI and Abnormal Situation Management in the world. His talk this afternoon at the Expertune/TiPS User Group meeting is sure to cause some serious waves, as he predicts the demise of the major automation vendors: ------------------------------------------------------- The Rise and Fall of the DCS The...

Following me...

Lothar Lang, from Lyondell Chemical Company gave a second keynote this morning on Critical Condition Management. What made his talk very different from most is that he's talking about doing it on a corporate scale. "It is very important that the top management is aware and supportive of critical condition...

Creating an Operator Advisory System

Jules Oudmans, of UReason, talked about the use of OASYS-AM with LogMate to provide valuable advisories which enable operators to quickly focus on important alarms. As a result, control rooms can be geared up for the next logical step in alarm management predicting process upsets or equipment failure, thereby preventing...

Top 10 Signs that you might have an alarm management problem...

...from Bobby Weidel's opening speech this morning at the Expertune/TiPS User Group Meeting: I would like to give credit to Greg McMillan and his blog at http://www.modelingandcontrol.com for inspiring this list and providing a light-hearted way to look at our complicated industry.......

More from Expertune/TiPS...

One of the problems I have with multiple tracks is that I haven't invented a cloning process yet... Of course, if I ever do figure out how to clone myself, I won't be working here any more (grin).

Getting back to the user group meeting...

A New Paradigm for Process Safety Metrics for Major Loss Prevention This is the third book of the Gospel on Alarm Management, presented by Ed Marszal of Kenexis Consulting. Ed admitted that his expertise is SIS rather than ASM or Alarm Management, but the three areas are intimately interlinked.

The Gospel according to Rothenberg...

Doug Rothenberg, "subject matter expert" for alarm management at Invensys gave a tutorial on Alarm Management. "Telling you that an alarm isn't important is like telling you that one of your children is superfluous." "The alarm management issue is an "iceberg problem" because alarm problems are the part you see--but...