The boom in connected devices and the growing amount of information that require real-time monitoring have an unfortunate byproduct: more and more alarms are being created in supervisory systems, which overwhelm operators and increase the likelihood of accidents and of physical, financial, and environmental risks.
Currently, alarm management problems are a common issue in facilities and management rooms. The main causes for them are:
When used to their fullest capacity, alarms should help operators detect failures in the process and then fix them, and not simply indicate variables in isolation.
They can happen for a lot of reasons, such as:
Alarm management adds more agility and ease to the resolution of situations such as those mentioned below:
The Elipse Alarm Manager (ELAM) is a platform developed to help manage the alarms’ data mining and research lifecycle, in order to point out what needs to be changed in the alarms’ baseline to get optimal system behavior.
Its reporting tool allows analyzing the alarms’ key performance indicators over time, such as how many alarms are being generated per day or per hour in the system as a whole or in certain areas of the process, and then determine whether operators are being overloaded with alarms at any given period. From there, the information can be drilled down to determine which alarms occur more frequently, which ones remain stable, and which ones are not being attended to as often as needed and therefore are active for too long or take too long to be acknowledged.
Its report data analyses can help spot which devices are faulty or poorly set up, and which ones need to adequate to changes in the process.
The Elipse Alarm Manager comprises three programs: Collector, Server, and Client.
The ELAM Collector is usually installed in the same computer and/or network as the SQL Server database storing the Elipse E3/Power alarms. The Collector reads the data in this DB and sends it to the ELAM Server through firewalls.
The ELAM Server processes the alarms sent by the Collector, normalizes them, and saves them in a Data Warehouse (database designed specifically for reports). In addition to converting and saving this data, the Server offers an API REST that can generate reports in JSON format via HTTP requests. The competitive edge in this case is that the ELAM can be integrated to other systems or reporting tools such as Microsoft Power BI ® or SQL Server Reporting Services ® (SSRS). Its client program also uses the same services, and all reports and resources offered by the Server are displayed in a friendly, efficient, multi-platform interface.
The ELAM Client is the responsive web program, compatible with all top browsers in the market (Chrome®, Mozilla Firefox®, Internet Explorer® 10+). With the Client, you can access all reports available in the Server anywhere and via many different devices, such as tablets, desktops, notebooks, smartphones, and smart TVs.
The Elipse Alarm Manager’s latest version has been totally redesigned to work in all main browsers in the market and fit all screen sizes, from smartphones to smart TVs. Additionally, its modern, high-performance interface can generate reports ten times faster in a productive environment for the analyst.
This new version’s Data Warehouse keeps data normalized, which enhances your reporting generation’s performance. Once the Collector is installed, both programs (Collector and Server) will run side by side to mine data and optimize reports in order to make sure your analyses are more efficient.
With the new ELAM search criteria tool, you can browse multiple Elipse domains at once in a concise interface, designed to make you focus only on significant information for your process.