Michel Ruel answered a number of questions frequently asked by plant managers. Other questions were addressed in the previous article.
Who should be involved in an alarm rationalization project?
Simple answer: Operations, maintenance, engineering and management
Detailed answer: Ideally, operations should lead the project. Management support is key. An alarm rationalization committee should be created and meet once a week for several months to review the alarm history with software tools and the support of an external facilitator.
What is the investment for alarm rationalization?
Simple answer: From $50,000 to $250,000
Detailed answer: First, performance is measured using software tools. Next, an "alarm philosophy" is prepared. Finally, alarms are rationalized by a committee with members from various departments.
- Software, servers: ~$30,000
- External support: $20,000 to $60,000
- 500 to 2,500 hours from plant personnel
Who should be involved in a control performance monitoring project?
Simple answer: Maintenance, operations, engineering and management
Detailed answer: Ideally, maintenance or operations should lead the project. Management support is key. Performance is evaluated with software, then roles and responsibilities are defined and targets selected.
How should a control performance monitoring program be rolled out?
Simple answer: Planning, roles and responsibilities, targets and schedules
Detailed answer: Plan for four phases:
- Achieve percentage of use target
- Achieve stability target
- Achieve performance target
- Sustain the results
Each of the first three phases should last several weeks. Implementing continuous monitoring will require changes in plant practices.
What is the investment for control performance monitoring?
Simple answer: From $85,000 to $250,000
Detailed answer: Rough investment:
- Software, servers: ~$80,000
- External support: $20,000 to $80,000
- 500 to 2,500 hours for plant personnel
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