Monday, July 15, 2013

Alarm Monitoring in Factories; Why just being “reactive” is costing you money

Factories and industrial plants, of all shapes and sizes, share a common problem:  One way or another, eventually, they will experience delays in production due to machine errors or failures. Unexpected events can be both costly and potentially dangerous.

When machines fail or emergencies occur, alarms or bells sound, lights flash, etc., production stops and the event waits for human response.

However, loud speakers, strobes and horns are not nearly effective enough for a couple of reasons. First, they further contribute to already - high-noise environments, causing distraction to non-related workers. Secondly, they don’t communicate clear instructions or details about who needs assistance, where the trouble is, which workers are required to respond, or what to do about it.

For most facilities, alarm monitoring systems are put in place to notify a human operator when trouble occurs. Production alarm monitoring applications can generate hundreds of alarms per minute, which are displayed on a fast-scrolling screen, probably categorized by colors representing the urgency of each alarm.

When trouble occurs, staff depend on the alarm monitoring operator to react quickly, and inform them of how to respond. Unfortunately, machine failures often cause a cascade of delays, generating even more alarms for the operator to sift through, further delaying his response time, and causing confusion.

As a result, alarm monitoring operators can become overwhelmed, and other vital alarms can get ignored or missed, causing additional production delays, lost money and increased danger.

Canamex Communications recommends a pro-active approach to alarm response. By including automatic intelligent critical messaging notification, as part of your alarm response action plan, you take the pressure off the alarm monitoring operator, and effectively control alarm response.

Automated response is quick, efficient, effective, and affordable! Filter incoming alarms based on text content, and deliver detailed instructions to specific individuals or groups of people, within seconds, automatically. Preventative alarms can be sent directly to maintenance crews, without any human intervention.

By responding to preventative alarms, before they become critical, factories can increase efficiency and decrease down time – saving time, money, and making the workplace a safer environment for staff.

Check out our solutions for factories and industrial plants, and learn how you can be pro-active, and respond faster to alarms in your facility!

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