Research has shown that a well managed alarm system results in production efficiency, product quality and operator effectiveness.
Since 1991, alarm management standards have been published and currently the ISA-18.2 and IEC 62682 are the most widely accepted.
What is an alarm? According to the ISA, “An alarm is audible and/or visible means of indicating to the operator an equipment malfunction,
process deviation, or abnormal condition requiring a response.” The phrase 'requiring a response' is crucial in this definition.
The ISA-18.2 and IEC 62682 define a 7-step Alarm Management Cycle program from Identification and Implementation to Monitoring and Assessment.
XLReporter is used in the ISA-18.2 Alarm Management Cycle for:
- Performance Benchmark
- Monitoring and Assessment