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    • 2 Jun 2017

    Instrumentation Diagnostics and Safe, Reliable Operations

    As technology has advanced in power and sophistication, its ability to self-diagnose and perform predictive diagnostics has too. In a Plant Engineering article, Using diagnostic functions to improve system safety , Emerson’s Mark Menezes shares examples of how these diagnostics are used to self-diagnose instrumentation problems as well as those in the surrounding production process. He opens highlighting the...
    • 8 May 2017

    Optimizing Safety Instrumented System Proof Testing

    If you are new to the world of process safety, you quickly learn that it has its own jargon with phrases such as safety instrumented functions, proof test intervals, PDFavg, etc. A Flow Control magazine article, Ensuring safety compliance with optimized proof testing , written by Emerson’s Afton Coleman , Erik Mathiason and Tonya Wyatt does a great job of introducing and explaining these concepts. They open...
    • 3 May 2017

    5 Questions for Digital Valve Controller and Safety Expert Riyaz Ali

    Let’s continue our 5 Questions for an Emerson Expert podcast series with our guest, Riyaz Ali . You may recall Riyaz from numerous posts about digital valve controllers and final control elements in safety instrumented system applications. He has almost 40 years’ experience in process control instrumentation and holds numerous patents related to use of digital valve controllers for process industries. Please...
    • 26 Apr 2017

    Improving Process Safety through Human Factors Analysis

    Wikipedia defines process safety as focusing on: …preventing fires , explosions and accidental chemical releases in chemical process facilities or other facilities dealing with hazardous materials such as refineries , and oil and gas ( onshore and offshore ) production installations. In a Valve magazine article, Human Factors Can Cause a Disaster—or Prevent One , Emerson’s Julian Annison and Travis Hesketh...
    • 17 Mar 2017

    Focus on the Process in Your Safety Requirements Specification

    A safety requirement specification (SRS) for a safety instrumented system (SIS), as part of the IEC 61511 global safety standard [ from the exida blog ]: …incorporates all the analysis done during the Risk Assessment, HAZOP [ hazard and operability study ]/PHA [ process hazard analysis ] and LOPA [ layer of protection analysis ] reviews. Emerson’s Russell Cockman presented at an Institute of Measurement...
    • 7 Nov 2016

    Embracing Safety Requirements Specifications

    The Institute of Measurement and Control is hosting the Functional Safety 2016 conference this week in London. This conference seeks to engage practitioners from a wide variety of industrial sectors who have responsibilities in any functional safety lifecycle phase to share views and best practices. Emerson’s Russell Cockman is presenting Why embrace the concept of the Safety Requirements Specification? Here...
    • 25 Oct 2016

    Improve Safety Proof Test Capabilities with Intelligent Instrumentation

    At the Emerson Exchange conference in Austin, Emerson’s Afton Coleman , Erik Mathiason and Tonya Wyatt presented, Improve Safety Proof Test Capabilities with Intelligent Instrumentation. Their abstract: Safety Instrumented Systems are designed to be the most critical line of defense against a catastrophic failure. Ensuring that each component of the system is working properly is required, often leading to downtime...
    • 18 Oct 2016

    Safety Logic Solver Validation on Logic Updates

    The global safety standard IEC 61511 Functional safety – Safety instrumented systems for the process industry sector describes the validation process. The objective of the requirements of this clause is to validate, through inspection and testing, that the installed and commissioned safety instrumented system and its associated safety instrumented functions achieve the requirements as stated in the safety requirement...
    • 26 Aug 2016

    Testing Valves in Safety Instrumented Functions

    Safety instrumented systems are a critical part of process manufacturers and producers overall process safety management in protecting personnel, environment, equipment, property, reputation and image. In an Offshore Engineer article, Safety Instr...
    • 10 Dec 2015

    Separate versus Integral Final Element Accessories Questions

    A post from a few years ago, Separate Versus Integral Final Element Accessories in Safety Applications , continues to generate some good questions. I thought I’d make these questions and associated answers more visible in today’s post. Her...