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Safety Instrumented Systems: A Life-Cycle Approach

November 11, 2019

aeSolutions is offering the ISA course EC50, Safety Instrumented Systems: A Life-Cycle Approach on Monday February 10th to Friday February 14th.  This course is part of the ISA/IEC 61511 SIS Fundamentals Specialist Certificate Program.   Your course registration includes your registration for the exam. Safety Instrumented Systems: A Life-Cycle Approach (EC50) focuses on the engineering requirements […]

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How about a stage 0 functional safety assessment (FSA)?

November 3, 2019

Inspired by “Conducting an Effective Functional Safety Assessment” presented at 2019 ISA PIC 2019—Process Industry Conference.   The ISA/IEC 61511 standard defines a functional safety assessment as [an] “investigation, based on evidence, to judge the functional safety achieved by one or more safety instrumented systems and/or other protection layers.” The standard describes five stages where […]

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Join us at the 2019 ISA Process Industry Conference November 4-6

October 28, 2019

  This year’s event has been expanded to deliver more comprehensive technical content to a broader range of professionals in the energy processing and process manufacturing industries.  ISA 2019 Process Industry Conference (formerly known as PCS) brings together ISA, with leading experts in process instrumentation and control, cybersecurity and safety, robotics, subsea automation, and other […]

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Learn the associated hazards and design requirements of Burner Management Systems

October 28, 2019

Fired equipment is found throughout the process industry in many applications, including various types of boilers, ovens, kilns, incinerators, reboilers, bath heaters, process heaters, furnaces, etc. The hazards associated with the burner operation are managed by an instrumented system commonly referred to as the burner management system (BMS). The BMS provides interlocks and permissives to […]

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Is Your Water Protected from Ransomware?

October 22, 2019

Millions of Americans take water service for granted every day. Turn on the tap, and clean water flows out. The average American uses 176 gallons of water per day.  40% of water in America is used to produce the food we eat and the beverages we drink. 17% goes toward showering, 27% is used by […]

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A problem (and solution) with estimating rare event frequencies

October 21, 2019

Industry uses many numbers in process safety associated with predicting the likelihood of rare, catastrophic events (e.g., failure rates, demand rates, incident rates, probability of failure, probability of ignition, etc.). Yet have you given serious thought to the accuracy and trustworthiness of those numbers? For example, layer of protection analysis (LOPA) often uses target numbers […]

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Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center 2019 International Symposium October 22-24, 2019

October 16, 2019

Beyond Regulatory Compliance: Making Safety Second Nature In Association with IChemE   Join aeSolutions and more than 500 researchers and industry representatives and other stakeholders from around the world to share the latest innovations and developments in process safety.  This year’s International Symposium will be held at the brand-new Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center […]

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How to keep the alarm management lifecycle evergreen

October 3, 2019

It is commonly touted that once a plant rationalizes their alarms, they have completed the alarm management lifecycle. Nothing could be further from the truth. So what can an organization do to keep the alarm lifecycle alive and evergreen?   Alarm management is the collection of processes and practices for determining, documenting, designing, operating, monitoring, […]

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