Alarm management makes plants and pipelines safer

Paul Boughton

Honeywell Process SolutionsDynAMo alarm management technology is in use at more than 100 process plants and pipelines around the world, helping operators to quickly evaluate alarm situations in control rooms.

Plants and pipelines are increasingly relying on numerous automation systems, which can produce more than 1,000 system alarms in a given day. The number of alarms can often overwhelm operators, a problem that leads to lower production and increased safety incidents that cost the process industry billions of dollars every year, according to the Abnormal Situation Management (ASM) Consortium, an industry group dedicated to advancing process technology.

DynAMo reduces control room alarms by up to 80%

DynAMo reduces control room alarms by up to 80% by allowing operators to create customisable dashboards on computers or mobile devices that allow them to view the alarm system health at a glance. This allows operators to better and more quickly diagnosis alarms and their causes and consequence on one console.

Honeywell has licensed DynAMo technology at plants in Australia, Canada, Japan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Kingdom, among others, as companies work to increase the efficiencies of their control rooms.

Richard Wawrzon, process engineering and control team leader for Qenos Pty Ltd., Australia’s leading supplier of polyethylene and polymers, said: “High quality tools to manage and maintain process alarm systems are critical to running petrochemical plants. Honeywell’s DynAMo Alarm Suite has sensibly integrated analysis, documentation and notification tools to provide support engineers with an efficient way to stay in control of process alarm systems. Once process safety is being looked after, key resources can focus on production efficiency.”

Honeywell recognised the severity of alarm problems at industrial sites and delivered an effective tool for assisting in optimising alarm management programs, which are intended to prevent alarm floods and reduce operator loading. 

With the DynAMo Alarm Suite, personnel can monitor alarm issues based on their specific roles and take action before abnormal situations escalate. A new, customisable, role-based dashboard enables operators, engineers and managers to view the health of their alarm system at a glance. The software has added mobile device compatibility for viewing alarm metrics at any time, from almost any location.

DynAMo Alarm Suite works with any control system as well as complementing Honeywell’s Experion PKS system. The alarm software provides a single window into alarm system performance and regulatory compliance, helping companies adhere to industry standards such as ISA 18.2, EEMUA 191, API 1167, and PHMSA.


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