SFM is an integrated, plant-wide solution for Safety Monitoring that provides an analysis and reporting tool to help users monitor the performance effectiveness of defined SIS (Safety Instrumented Systems) against their design targets.
One of the widespread issues currently in manufacturing plants is alarm overload. This is partially as a result of formerly independent systems that are integrated for more effective operation by fewer operators, each operator then has to monitor an increasingly wider area and consequently deal with more alarms. Without rigorous alarm rationalization efforts, alarm flooding becomes a serious problem and increases the risk of safety and environmental incidents.
Industry leaders have recognized that there is a need for a standard around automating procedures and have formed the ISA-106 committee whose purpose is to develop standards, recommended practices, and technical reports on the design and implementation of procedures for automating continuous process operations. Yokogawa has been involved in this standardization effort and has developed a solution offering that address the issues covered in the emerging standard—Modular Procedural Automation.
Based on open standards, Yokogawa's data historian and PIMS solution captures data easily and creates a valuable bedrock. Our solution is especially unique in that engineering costs in implementation are significantly reduced when compared to the alternatives.
Yokogawa understands that better integration with APC and DCS results in more profitable operations and that regulatory control stabilization is important as a baseline for a control hierarchy.
Recently, companies are making great efforts to improve the skills of operators by use of operator training simulators (OTS) , particularly using simulators that perform operation training by use of virtual plants built within the simulator.
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