Monday, July 6, 2015

DeltaV Alarm Mosaic

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, but we’re right around the corner from releasing version 13 of DeltaV and I wanted to let you know about a really cool new feature – DeltaV Alarm Mosaic.

Alarm Mosaic is part of our focus on Alarm Management and helps our customers become 100% compliant with ISA 18.2, the Alarm Management standard.

Alarm Mosaic is a new way of looking at active alarms and aid in the analysis of an alarm flood.  Instead of presenting a tabular view of active alarms, Mosaic presents the alarms on a more intuitive timeline:

Each column is an adjustable time slice – from 1 second to 4 hours.  Within each column, the alarms are stacked with the most recent on the bottom.  Different visual indicators let you know which alarms are active acknowledged, active unacknowledged, and inactive unacknowledged.  From within Mosaic, you can acknowledge alarms, call up faceplates and detail displays within DeltaV Operate, and even launch Alarm Help.

To help in root cause analysis, operator actions are overlaid with the alarms.  In addition, the Alarm Characteristics panel allows the user to highlight alarms using 7 different properties including classification, area, even which displays the alarms are contained on.

A really neat feature is the History Activation view.  Once an alarm flood has been successfully dealt with, the Mosaic view won’t show any alarms.  By switching over to the History Activation view, the alarm flood along with operator actions can be viewed from data stored in the Event Chronicle, providing a great tool to use at shift turnover meetings and as a general teaching aid.

Check out all of the Alarm Management tools on the DeltaV website.