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Alarm Management for Process Control by Douglas H. Rothenberg

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CHAPTER 7

Rationalization

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear—not absence of fear.

—Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens)

R ationalization is the heart of alarm improvement. It is the process and technology by which each needed alarm is selected and the configuration design and supporting information for the task is built. In this chapter, you will learn the objectives of alarm rationalization, how to select the working teams, and the steps to complete a rationalization. Rationalization is a structured process. It includes deciding which points to alarm (including calculated and imputed variables), determining the alarm activation point, the setting of priority, and all other remaining alarm response information including potential ...

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