Alarm Adviser

Wonderware by AVEVA

Streamline Alarm Analysis

Alarm Adviser is a scalable, web-based alarm analysis tool that helps identify and rationalize nuisance alarms in your HMI/SCADA system. Seamless installation ensures operators are quickly empowered with a holistic view of plant operations, helping to expedite corrective action, production efficiencies and ROI. It provides a single means of identifying frequent, standing, fleeting and consequential alarms, empowering operators to quickly recognize and distinguish safety-critical alarms from routine alarms.

Advances in software technology, connected devices, and the IoT over recent decades have led to an exponential increase in the number of alarms in industrial manufacturing operations. The EEMUA 19111 and ISA2 18.2 Alarm Management Standards recommend the practical limit of handling alarms per operator at 1 to 2 alarms every 10 minutes, and an average of 150 to 300 alarms per day.

Systems today, however, generate thousands of alarms per day, per operator. Within the United States alone, the cost of critical incidents is estimated at $20 billion per annum, encompassing $10 billion in equipment replacement and litigation costs coupled with $10 billion in lost production.

The challenge for operators is to identify and distinguish critical from routine alarms quickly, and take timely corrective action while adhering to stringent industry best practices and safety recommendations.

Rationalize and Identify

Customisable Dashboard

  • Optimize your alarm analysis with a wide range of user configurable widgets consolidated into the dashboard view.
  • Display the distribution of alarm severity (critical, high, medium, low) in a specified period via ‘Alarm Severity Distribution’.
  • Show the peak or average alarm rate over a period of time for the selected interval per operator via ‘Alarm Rate’.
  • Set KPI targets to benchmark and compare recent and past performance to optimise improvements over time.

Interactive Drill-Down

  • Drill down from dashboards directly into analysis reports, and hone in on desired problem areas.
  • Filter settings from ‘Dashboard’ view to ‘Analysis’ preserved.
  • Replicate analysis time periods to compare alarms over similar time periods.
  • Save valuable time in identifying and distinguishing nuisance alarms.

Visual Alarm History Analysis

  • Filter alarms for a given time-period by severity, time of day, day of week, plant area, and alarm category.
  • The interactive timeline bar allows users to zoom in on a specific time range.
  • Create analysis reports for the most frequent, fleeting, and standing alarms, and identify alarms that should be targeted first.
  • The “Consequence” feature enables analysis of the correlation between alarms, helping engineers to implement state-based suppression.
  • Save valuable time analysing trends and identifying the root cause of an issue.

Proven solution, proven results

  • Empowered operators are more informed to take timely corrective action helping to reduce risk of unscheduled downtime & critical incidents.
  • Aggregation of multiple HMI/SCADA systems facilitating a more holistic view of plant operations and real-time view of overall performance.
  • No specific prior alarm management industry experience required, to understand and recognize a ‘healthy’ alarm state.
Alarm Adviser Dashboard

Extend Operational Value

Alarm Adviser helps extend operational value with seamless connectivity to System Platform, InTouch HMI, and more, making greater use of process data providing more context into alarm details and a holistic view of plant operations and performance.

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Identify and rationalize nuisance alarms in your HMI/SCADA system, using a scalable, web-based alarm analysis tool.