Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Alarm management - again!

The International Society of Automation (ISA) has published Alarm Management: A Comprehensive Guide, Second Edition, by Bill Hollifield and Eddie Habibi.

This is an intentionally different kind of book than one usually finds in engineering circles. It is based on hundreds of person-years of extensive experience working with industrial control and alarm systems in almost every industry. All manner of practices make up the background information used in producing this book—the good and the bad, the best and the worst.

It contains actual examples of good practices and poor practices. The various problems of alarm systems are covered with precise guidance on how they come about and how to effectively correct them.

It is a comprehensive guide which includes an additional 50 pages of information and many new figures. Questions and comments from readers of the original edition helped shape the new content.

According to Jim Pinto, founder (and former president and CEO) of Action Instruments, this book is practical and instructive, and it's written from a vendor-neutral standpoint, which makes it valuable to suppliers, integrators and end-users. It is a book for managers, process engineers and operators—an essential textbook to keep around and refer to regularly.

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