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S. Ramesh

Senior Process Automation Design Engineer, Technology Improvement Department, EQUATE Petrochemical Company

Ramesh is a Senior Process Automation Design Engineer in EQUATE Petrochemical Company located in Kuwait. Ramesh holds Engineering Degree in Instrumentation and Postgraduate in Management qualifications. He is a certified Project Management Professional from PMI and Functional Safety Engineer from TUV Rheinland. He spans 25 years of Instrumentation and Automation Experience in the Process Industries. Out of which he is with EQUATE for 16 years. His experience includes Projects, Design, Maintenance, Commissioning and start-up of HART and Fieldbus bus based plants. He has implemented Alarm Management rationalization using six-sigma methodology.

Alarm Management - Experiences

Alarm Management

Abstract: This presentation highlights the experience of EQUATE in setting up Alarm Management approach in the Organization. Alarm Management is a key contributor to Process Safety and Reliability as too many alarms or having inadequate alarms may lead us to major / minor unplanned events. EQUATE visualized the benefits and adopted alarm management philosophy more than a decade ago with the then available infrastructure. The key steps adopted include Create and Adopt an Alarm Philosophy, Alarm Performance Benchmarking, bad actors identification, and systematic approach of alarms rationalization, Real-Time Alarm Management, Control and Maintain Alarm System Performance. EQUATE expanded and built new plants with STATE based alarm philosophy to ensure alarm management in the design stages itself to cater for alarm management operating discipline during startup and shutdown of the Units. Two years back, EQUATE adopted targets set by new guidelines of EEMUA for stratifying the unit performance levels as Predictive, Robust, Stable, Reactive or Overloaded. We are also making efforts to implement the steps in controlling the number of standing alarms (stale alarms) lasting more than certain number of days for high priority and urgent alarms.

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