How Much Risk Can Safety Alarms Reduce?

How Much Risk Can Safety Alarms Reduce?

This post was written by Charles Fialkowski, CFSE, a safety systems specialist for Siemens; Luis Garcia, CFSE, senior process safety consultant for Siemens and chair of ISA’s tank farm committee for the ISA84 Safety and Security Group; and Nicholas P. Sands,...
Is Theft the New Frontier for Process Control Equipment?

Is Theft the New Frontier for Process Control Equipment?

This guest blog post is part of a series written by Edward J. Farmer, PE, author of the new ISA book Detecting Leaks in Pipelines. To download a free excerpt from Detecting Leaks in Pipelines, click here. If you would like more information on how to purchase the...
What You Can Learn About Pipeline Leaks From Government Statistics

What You Can Learn About Pipeline Leaks From Government Statistics

This guest blog post is part of a series written by Edward J. Farmer, PE, author of the new ISA book Detecting Leaks in Pipelines. To download a free excerpt from Detecting Leaks in Pipelines, click here. If you would like more information on how to purchase the...
Book Excerpt + Author Q&A: Safety Instrumented System Design

Book Excerpt + Author Q&A: Safety Instrumented System Design

This ISA author Q&A was edited by Joel Don, ISA’s community manager. ISA recently published the third edition of Safety Instrumented System Design: Techniques and Design Verification by William M. Goble, Ph.D., PE, CFSE, and Iwan van Beurden, MSc, CFSE. In this...
Book Excerpt + Author Q&A: Detecting Leaks in Pipelines

Book Excerpt + Author Q&A: Detecting Leaks in Pipelines

This ISA author Q&A was edited by Joel Don, ISA’s community manager. ISA recently published Detecting Leaks in Pipelines by Edward J. Farmer, PE. In this Q&A feature, Farmer highlights the focus, importance, and differentiating qualities of the book. Click...
Using Smart Field Devices to Improve Safety System Performance

Using Smart Field Devices to Improve Safety System Performance

This is an excerpt from the January/February 2014 issue of InTech magazine by Guillermo Pacanins, P.E., a certified TÜV Rheinland functional safety expert. To read the full article, please see the link at the bottom of this post. Any process plant that handles...
Understanding Safety Life Cycles

Understanding Safety Life Cycles

This is an excerpt from the January/February 2013 InTech by Kristen Barbour. To read the full article, please see the link at the bottom of this post. The international standard IEC/EN 61508 has been widely accepted as the basis for the specification, design, and...
Top 10 Industrial Alarm System Blunders

Top 10 Industrial Alarm System Blunders

This article was written by Kevin Brown, alarm management subject matter expert at Enbridge Pipelines.   American comedian Sam Levenson once said, “You must learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t possibly live long enough to make them all yourself.” When it...
Are Users Reaping the Benefits of Partial Stroke Valve Testing?

Are Users Reaping the Benefits of Partial Stroke Valve Testing?

This guest post was authored by Paul Gruhn, a global functional safety consultant at aeSolutions in Houston, Tex. Achieving Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 2 with non-redundant field devices is possible, but not always easy. The key is diagnostics. There are a variety of...

Alarm Floods and Their Connection to Plant Incidents

This is an abstract that will be presented at ISA Automation Week 2012 in Orlando, Florida. Click HERE for information on ISA Automation Week 2012. This session is in the Safety/Environmental Performance Track: Safety Systems: Solving Today’s Toughest...
Improve Reliability with Essential Asset Monitoring

Improve Reliability with Essential Asset Monitoring

This is an excerpt from the May/June 2012 issue of InTech magazine and written by Nikki Bishop of Emerson. Selecting the right asset monitoring strategy is a balancing act between implementation cost and expected reliability. Reactive maintenance represents the most...
Control Valves in Process Safety Applications

Control Valves in Process Safety Applications

This article originally appeared on Jim Cahill’s Emerson Process Experts blog and is re-posted here with permission. Jim is the Chief Blogger, Surface Dweller, and Head of Social Media for Emerson Automation Solutions. His 20+ year career at Fisher Controls and...

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