Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Live demo: Access your alarms via a web browser

Schneider Electric has launched the Alarm Adviser DEMO showcasing its newest addition to the Wonderware Brand portfolio: Alarm Adviser product, a web-based alarm analysis software that helps you discover nuisance alarms in the process system through interactive visual analysis.

The demo has a simulation of a process (tanks). The Dashboard is the Home page of the Alarm Adviser application.

The actual product allows you to use the Dashboard for an overview of the current alarm performance of your system(s) compared to past performance and against target Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). Alarm Adviser KPI targets are based on performance indicator principles defined in the following standards: 
  • EEMUA Publication 191 - Alarm Systems: A Guide to Design, Management and Procurement
  • API Recommended Practice 1167 Pipeline SCADA Alarm Management
  • ISA 18.2 - Management of Alarm Systems for the Process Industries
Based on these standards, Alarm Adviser tracks KPIs that include average alarm rate, peak alarm rate and alarm severity distribution, and lets you to monitor your alarm system's performance compared to past performance and against KPIs. The Dashboard presents analysis data in the form of widgets, and is available to all Alarm Adviser guest users, registered users and administrators.
Alarm Adviser Dashboard shows the following interactive widget types:
Alarm Rate: This widget provides a comparison of alarm rate metrics between two time periods.
Alarm Severity Distribution: This widget shows the breakdown of alarms by severity over a configurable period of time.

The Dashboard can show multiple Alarm Rate and Alarm Severity Distribution widgets, which your administrator can set up to show different views of the alarm data. For example, the Dashboard can be configured to track performance for different areas of your plant or over different measurement periods.
To learn more about how the application works, you can read more about it in the Alarm Adviser
Source: Alarm Adviser Help File


Wonderware Alarm Adviser is web-based alarm analysis software that helps you discover nuisance alarms in the process system through interactive visual analysis. Based on industry recommended standard alarm management practices, Alarm Adviser provides a dashboard for instant diagnosis of alarms, causes and consequences. It provides a single means of identifying frequent, standing, fleeting and consequential alarms, which can help analyze plant upsets and optimize system performance.

Alarm Adviser delivers the following business value:
  • Greater insight into alarm data
  • Improved operator awareness and efficiency
  • Reduced risks of unscheduled downtime
  • Improved plant performance and reliability