inBound displays a plant’s safe operating limits and proximity of the current operating point to those limits to improve safety and compliance.
Safe operating limit information is maintained by various groups within the plant and is not readily available to operators. As these variables are often automation system configuration parameters entered by humans, there is the possibility that values outside of the safety and compliance envelope have been entered. Additionally, some processes have dynamic safe operating limits that are continually changing, which is challenging for plant operators to manage.
The PAS Solution
inBound is a layered application for PAS’ market-leading PlantState Suite© alarm management software that aggregates, validates, and displays physical, design, and safe operating limits. These values may be manually entered, calculated, or imported from other applications and databases to provide maximum flexibility.
inBound provides engineers with the capability to develop a boundary hierarchy, which allows the application to automatically detect and report deviations such as an alarm setting that is higher than an safety instrumented system trip point. This capability provides additional assurance that modifications to configuration parameters such as alarm limits and instrument ranges remain within the safe operating envelope of the plant.
Safe operating limit information is displayed on the control system graphics in current operating context by special display objects, which allow operators to quickly and unambiguously determine the plant’s current state relative to its safe operating limits. Compatible versions of these objects are available for most of the major automation systems.
inBound key benefits:
Safe Operating Limits Presented in Context
inBound displays safe operating data in a high-performance graphic display that reveal critical information all within context. The graphic display uses pattern recognition to enable quick interpretation of the plant's current state.
Monitor Dynamic Environmental Constraints
inBound exposes environmental limits in context enabling operators to visualize the process’s proximity to boundaries in real time, and take action before an excursion occurs. It uses the plant’s Master Alarm Database as the source of its information and applications such as inferential analyzers and simulators that are capable of writing to a SQL database may provide dynamic boundary data. Additionally, inBound provides users with exception reports of boundary excursions to facilitate compliance.
To learn more, download our inBoundTM information sheet.