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IChemE Process Management & Control Webinar 2024

The iChemE presentation will be on: Applying Human Factors in the Control Room to Achieve High Performance in Operator Response. Ian will present on the 6-step model below:   Register Now Applying Human Factors in the Control Room to Achieve High Performance in Operator Response This presentation will explain many of today’s current challenges with…

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Shift Work and Blue Light

Shift work. It’s a given in virtually every work schedule of the process-based industry.  LED (light-emitting diode) lighting has gained traction as the status quo due to its energy efficiency and longevity.  However, the specific characteristics of LED lighting, namely its color temperature and blue light content, can affect the circadian rhythm and sleep patterns…

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Justifying the Project Costs of Alarm Management

As businesses continue to rely on automation and advanced technology, the need for a reliable alarm management system becomes increasingly important. Alarm systems provide immediate notifications when an issue arises, ensuring that prompt action can be taken to prevent any potential downtime or safety hazards. However, implementing an alarm management system can come at a…

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What an Effective Alarm Management Team Looks Like (and How to Build One)

Alarm management is a critical aspect of any organization, as it helps to ensure the safety and security of both individuals and assets. An effective alarm management team plays a vital role in this process by managing alarms efficiently, reducing nuisance alarms, and identifying potential hazards before they turn into major incidents.   Characteristics of…

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ACRNA 2023 Conference

The ACRNA 2023 conference held in Brisbane was the best yet!   The venue at the Queensland Cricketers Club of the magnificent GABBA had a record 117 delegates gather for 2 full days of control room learnings, sharing, visits and, as usual, plenty of networking.    We were fortunate to have renowned expert Ian “HP HMI” Nimmo…

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The Importance of Continuous Alarm Management

Alarm systems are designed to alert individuals and organizations of potential hazards or emergencies. They serve the nervous system of the process and play a key role in mitigating risks, preventing losses, and ensuring the safety of people and assets. However, just having alarm systems in place is not enough; it is equally important to…

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Kuraray Embraces Control Room Human Factors and Operator Situation Awareness

Kuraray has been manufacturing and marketing ethylene vinyl-alcohol copolymers (EVOH) under the name EVAL™ since 1972 and remains the world leader in EVOH production and market development. EVAL™ helps food producers and distributors make packaging more efficient and avoids waste while conserving energy and resources, as well as reducing the total amount of packaging materials…

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Why Alarm Management Training is Important

In industries where safety and reliability are paramount, effective alarm management is crucial. Alarm systems serve as a vital tool for alerting operators to abnormal conditions or potential hazards. However, without proper training, alarm systems can become overwhelming, leading to operator errors and compromised safety. That’s why alarm management training is of utmost importance in…

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Why Control Room Design is Important

Control rooms are at the heart of many industries. From power plants to transportation networks, control rooms serve as the nerve center where critical decisions are made and operations are monitored. Given their significance, it’s essential to recognize the importance of a calculated control room design. Ensuring Optimal Performance A well-designed control room can greatly…

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The Power of High-Performance HMI

What is High-Performance HMI? High-performance HMI is a design approach that focuses on providing operators with clear, concise information to make informed decisions. It leverages graphical representations, color schemes, and data organization to present only relevant information to the operator. The result is minimized cognitive load, maximized situational awareness, and improved response times in critical…

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Control Room Design

Control rooms are the nerve center of any industrial facility, where operators monitor, control, and manage the operations. A well-designed control room can significantly enhance operational efficiency, improve safety, and lead to a happier, more productive workforce. In this blog post, we will delve into the critical aspects of control room design.   Why is…

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The Crucial Role of Alarm Management

Alarm management is a pivotal aspect of control room operations. A well-configured alarm system is an essential tool that assists operators in monitoring system states, identifying unusual conditions, and taking swift, informed action. In this blog post, we will delve into the critical impact of alarm management on a control room operator’s ability to detect,…

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The Importance of Operator Staffing Studies for Control Rooms

The heart of every efficient control room is centered around well trained, competent, and vigilant operators. Ensuring you have the right number of operators at the right time is not just about meeting regulatory requirements, it’s also about ensuring the smooth and efficient operation of your facility. This is where Operator Staffing Studies come into…

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ACRNA Conference | Keynote Speaker: Ian Nimmo

ACRNA 2023 Conference: Brisbane, Australia Meeting the needs of future control rooms In 2023 we will be back in Brisbane with many opportunities to visit new control rooms, and to revisit some of our colleagues from 2016 to see the transitions they have made and to consider our own strategies, preparedness, planning and foresight. The…

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The Art of Control Room Design: Creating Efficient and Ergonomic Spaces

Control rooms play a vital role in the seamless operation of industrial facilities, power plants, and other critical environments. They serve as the hub for monitoring, controlling, and managing complex processes, making it essential to design them with efficiency, ergonomics, and safety in mind. In this post, we will discuss the key considerations for control…

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Level One and Level Two High-Performance Displays

What are High-Performance Displays? High-performance displays are an essential component of modern control rooms. They provide operators with clear, concise, and easily understandable information about the processes they’re monitoring. These displays are designed to reduce cognitive workload, increase situational awareness, and ultimately, improve the overall performance of your control room. There are two primary levels…

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Mastering Alarm Management

Alarm management is an essential aspect of any industrial control system. From small-scale facilities to large manufacturing plants, alarms play a crucial role in maintaining safety and efficiency. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the importance of alarm management, best practices, and steps to improve your alarm system.   Why is Alarm Management Important?…

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Shift Work And LED Lights

Shift work. It’s a given in virtually every work schedule of the process-based industry.  LED (light-emitting diode) lighting has gained traction as the status quo due to its energy efficiency and longevity.  However, the specific characteristics of LED lighting, particularly its color temperature and blue light content, can affect the circadian rhythm and sleep patterns…

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The Value of Alarm Management

Automation Projects, Challenges, and How the Operator Became Alarmed: In the photo you can see Ian Nimmo standing with a Polyester Fiber Bale dating back to the 80’s when this young engineer faced many uphill battles; some you all may relate to. Like most projects they come with unique challenges.   Automating processes were the…

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Control Room Evolution

It never ceases to amaze me when I walk into a control room and see environmental conditions that are contributing to poor operator situation awareness. A vast majority of our present-day control working environments are a result of evolving a room that was based on 1950s design technology. Some of the control room renovations we…

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Field Operations With Ian Nimmo

Field operations is about making sure people do things correctly the first time. We look at the quality of what the operator does, what activities they do, how they work as a team. We are taking best practices that have been identified and applying them, helping you fix problems before they begin. Field operators and…

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Gap Analysis with Ian

In this video, Ian discusses gap analysis. Businesses need a good philosophy before they can begin, and gap analysis can be applied in different areas. Compare what your company has with the international standards and begin to understand what the problems are, identify the gaps, and come up with a plan to fix them. The…

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Best Practices and International Standards

Best Practices and International Standards with Ian Nimmo. While no one person can define what best practices are, we can look at research from the past 30 years and find best practices. Best practices can be found in international standards, guidance documents, and communication in the industry regarding what’s not working versus what’s working very…

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Operator Training Development

Operator training development with Ian Nimmo. We must identify roles and responsibilities, then put together job performance profiles. This helps us identify what skills are needed in order to do the job. Looking at every aspect of the job, we then create a program for new people coming into the industry as they progress through…

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Work Team Design

Ian Nimo discusses Work Team Design. User Centered Design Services has developed an assessment methodology that compares the current operations Work Team Design to industry Best Practices. Our review includes the Work Group Structure, the Work Group Interaction, and the Management Structure and Philosophy. Our process can be applied to current staffing at a site…

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Control Room High Performance HMI

Ian Nimmo discusses control room high-performance HMI. Most people only use HMI, resulting in over-using colors, glaring screens, and information being displayed incorrectly. Our retention is focused on how an operator detects a problem. We want to be able to detect the moment we leave normal operation. We need to define what is off normal,…

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Abnormal Situation Management

Ian Nimmo discusses Abnormal Situation Management. From a production perspective, how do we keep processes within normal operating limits and how do we determine normal operations? Abnormal situation management is when a process begins to function outside those limits, and an operator must step in to help the automation system. Today, HMI tools are needed…

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Join us July 13th in Houston Texas

On July 13th, Chris, Steve W., and I will be hosting a 1-day event in Houston, Texas. There, we will provide a tour of the latest control room furniture options, demoing sit-stand features and a smart keyboard for the operator to access multiple networks with a single interface. We will explain our 6-Step Methodology for High-Performance Control…

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