Chapter 14

Plant and equipment design

C. Munro and J. Edmonds


The primary end users of process plant interfaces, other than the remote control interfaces, are the plant operators and maintainers, and there are subdivisions within these groups such as electrical, instrument, and mechanical maintainers. The users have distinctly different tasks and mostly interact with different aspects of the plant. The requirements for these interactions need to be understood before applying the relevant human factors criteria to the design of these interfaces. There will inevitably be design trade-offs, but the closer the compliance with human factors requirements, the less likely that the design will induce error, task difficulty, or other risks. Consideration ...

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