What’s the biggest challenge our customers face on the plant floor? Ding ding ding—that’s right, managing alarms.
Last week, we held a webinar for customers on how to increase operator productivity. We polled the audience about their greatest challenges. Here was the list of possible responses:
- Too many alarms
- Not enough operators / budget
- Errors during manual processes
- High turnover of workers / lack of skills
- Complexity of processes
- Regulatory requirement
“Too many alarms” is still the biggest challenge! I thought high turnover of workers would win with so much of the experienced workforce retiring. By the way, regulatory requirements came in lowest.
But, too many alarms as the overwhelming answer? Sure, alarms were a challenge with traditional HMI/SCADA systems, but let’s face it—every organization can manage alarms today with modern technology.
Today’s SCADA is not just monitoring and visualization, with alarms rolling in. According to GE Digital SCADA expert Prasad Pai, most SCADA systems are still configured as HMIs—a display to indicate status. However, for operators, a SCADA is their Decision Support system. If viewed that way, your SCADA should be the foundation of an efficient operation.