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Alarm Management for Process Control by Douglas H. Rothenberg

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CHAPTER 6

Alarm Philosophy

Commitment is the stuff character is made of; the power to change the face of things.

—Chinese fortune cookie

Effective design is not done on a framework of the haphazard. Robust, functional, and usable systems are based on a clear design philosophy that incorporates the essence of the nature of their function. Alarm systems are no exception. Chapter 6 explains how the alarm philosophy is developed and later used to provide the foundation for alarm system design.

Start with what the dictionaries think about the word philosophy:

  • Theory or logical analysis of the principles underlying conduct, thought, knowledge
  • The study of basic truths … logic … rationalization
  • A particular system of principles

Alarm management philosophy ...

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