How to display safety critical information without overwhelming the operators?

At the age of digitalization, software automation engineers have a stronger responsibility to NOT implement front-ends that are overwhelming for the operators. "An alarm message can be seen as a short telegram sent to the operator to inform him of a fault".

Such a message should be - as compact - as visual - as clear - as intelligent - as possible. RIVOPS is an alarm page for the control room. It shall grasp the attention of the operator for just a few seconds (<3s) and send its telegram message across the HMI displays of the control room. RIVOPS is nothing else than a smart OPC Alarm Client, it renders a dynamic representation for each fault scenario. That image is computed in real-time for any given alarm list. It contains an alarm banner compliant with the #OPCUA, #EMUA191, ISA 18.2 specifications. For those who believe that showing an image tells more than a hundred words, follow that link.

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EATOPS builds control rooms equipped with an Alarm Summary overlaying Alarm Banners on the top of a 3D representation of the plant. The RIVOPS technology is able to display an OPC Alarm Message from an automatic-fault-scenario function running on the PLC. (compatible with #Siemens 400, 1200 and 1500 series).

#3DSCADA for #AutomationStudio

The power of standardization. The acquisition of B&R Automation by ABB did not come as a surprise. B&R Automation Studio suite is following the OPC UA standard. This decision to implement the OPC communication protocol at the very lowest level of their PLC & HMI compenents surely played a part in their recent buy-out by the ABB Group. EATOPS has been following the same approach and complies with OPC Unified Architecture for the same practical reasons. An open-standard between the PLC and the HMI leads to a stronger architecture leaving the PLC is its role of 'process logic controller' taking care of the logic, and the HMI in its role of 'human machine interface'. The HMI remains a slave of the PLC which means that several HMI modules can inherit the alarm & sensor values directly from the PLC.

The #RIVOPS overview panels are fully compatible with the #AutomationStudio Suite. Some more #3DSCADA overview panels will come-out from EATOPS production line during the year following that same OPC implementation.

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