exida Inks Partnership, Releases Alarm Flood Tool

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 @ 01:04 PM gHale


Applied Control Engineering (ACE) reached a partnership deal with functional safety products and certification provider, exida.

In addition, exida released a tool that helps eliminate alarm floods.

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The partnership pact brings together two companies that complement each other’s strengths.

“ACE is excited to be joining exida’s exclusive network of partners,” said Ian P. Burns, P.E., CFSP, vice president of ACE. “exida is a perfect match for ACE, as their core values align with our own. More importantly, we believe that this partnership will allow us to better meet the functional safety, alarm management and cyber security needs of our broad customer base.”

“exida is very pleased to be partnering with ACE since they have built a reputation for providing quality engineering services to their customers, which complements exida’s service and product offering,” said Steve Gandy, exida vice president of global business development. “exida has been looking to partner with a select group of companies as a means of enhancing both companies’ product and service offerings.”

In addition, exida just released SILAlarm V2.10 rationalization tool that supports the design and automatic configuration of new DeltaV Alarm Suppression modules.

These modules eliminate alarm floods by suppressing alarms from the operator when predefined conditions are met and help users comply with the ISA-18.2 and IEC 62682 standards.

Alarm suppression logic runs natively in Emerson Process Management’s DeltaV distributed control system instead of externally in a supervisory PC. This eliminates the need for OPC communication and its inherent security concerns. Faceplates, status displays, and suppressed alarm lists are available in the DeltaV Human Machine Interface (HMI) to support operator situation awareness.

“Eliminating alarm floods is one of the most challenging issues facing operating plants today,” said Kim VanCamp, Emerson’s DeltaV Product Manager. “These flood suppression modules can be applied to an installed DeltaV system without touching existing code.”

“The ability to auto-configure the logic in the DeltaV system right from SILAlarm saves time, cost, and reduces the chance for error,” said Todd Stauffer, exida director of alarm management. “The design documented in SILAlarm can be audited against the logic to manage change and maintain integrity.”