Fixing Unexpected Alarm Problems

Jan. 26, 2011

It would be ideal that whenever we encounter an alarm problem, fixing the alarm system would be the answer. Yet, alarm problems are not that simple. Alarms are a symptom; they are not the real problem. When an alarm goes off, operators research the alarm system and most of the time exploring the system leads to unexpected discoveries - the quality of control room information might be inadequate - and the operator now is not able to understand the many reasons why alarms misbehave. Have you come across unexpected alarm issues when trying to fix a simple alarm problem? Tell us about it.

It would be ideal that whenever we encounter an alarm problem, fixing the alarm system would be the answer. Yet, alarm problems are not that simple. Alarms are a symptom; they are not the real problem. When an alarm goes off, operators research the alarm system and most of the time exploring the system leads to unexpected discoveries - the quality of control room information might be inadequate - and the operator now is not able to understand the many reasons why alarms misbehave. Have you come across unexpected alarm issues when trying to fix a simple alarm problem? Tell us about it.