New utility from TiPS defends against harmful alarm system changes
To prevent problems caused when alarms are disabled during settings adjustments during a start up (and never reset), here's a tool to audit alarm settings, compare two alarm profiles, and highlight differences.
Georgetown, TX LogMate AlarmKB (Knowledge Base) provides a straightforward way to audit alarm settings, comparing two alarm profiles, and highlighting differences in a summary of contrasting settings. This helps process control software operate safer and more efficiently.
The Logmate AlarmKB Import Utility (AKBIU) simplifies the audit process by importing control system settings from native configuration files. A few keystrokes import and compare a configuration file: imports can be performed on demand or set to run on a predefined schedule.
Consistently updated, the AKBIU is currently compatible with ABB/Bailey Infi-90; Emerson DeltaV; Emerson DeltaV Operate for PROVOX; Emerson/Fisher PROVOX; Foxboro I/A; Honeywell Experion; Honeywell TDC; Rockwell Automation RSView; Yokogawa Centum; and Kongsberg.
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