Master alarm database, alarm rationalisation and management of change software

Jon Lawson

M.A.C. Solutions has added a new powerful software application to the ProcessVue Alarm Management software suite that incorporates a Master Alarm Database, a set of alarm rationalisation tools and comprehensive Management of Change functionality.

The new software, ProcessVue Guardian, is an essential part of the Alarm Rationalisation process for helping companies achieve full compliance with alarm management standards. The software, which is based on SQL with a web-based interface, allows users to create and manage a Master Alarm Database (MADB) and to create specific workflows in order to improve team communication and collaboration across a single or multiple plant networks. The software also provides functionality for producing full audits and change control traceability, as well as full version numbering and ‘roll-back’ to previous revisions. In addition, ProcessVue Guardian can be used to deploy the MADB to plant Distributed Control Systems (DCS) or other similar control systems.

Due to the IEC 62682 alarm management standard and Seveso III European Directive (enacted through the COMAH 2015 regulations, effective from 1st June 2015) there is an increasing need for companies to focus on alarms and alarm management, regardless of the maturity of their alarm management system. With ProcessVue Guardian, M.A.C. Solutions can now provide a single powerful software application for the complete alarm management lifecycle. ProcessVue Guardian will therefore appeal to a wide range of process industry customers, particularly Upper and Lower Tier COMAH-regulated or FDA-regulated sites. Target sectors include power stations, utility, oil and gas, petrochemicals, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and food processing.

A MADB can be created within ProcessVue Guardian, including the creation of new projects and team members. Individuals can be assigned to review, approve or reject alarm parameter changes for the alarms within their assigned Project. The software is clean, logical and includes an electronic signature sign-off function. Updated alarm parameters can be exported from the ProcessVue Guardian MADB to plant control systems (DCS).