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ISA authors new standard on alarm management

The International Society of Automation (ISA) announces the publication of the ISA-TR18.2.3-2015 Basic Alarm Design technical report. Released as part of the ISA-18.2 alarm management standards series, the report provides guidance on how to effectively design alarms in accordance with the alarm management lifecycle.

In development since 2008, the Basic Alarm Design (TR3) technical report was authored by a team of over 30 engineers and DCS/SCADA specialists from around the world. The technical report focuses on improving the safety, quality, and productivity of alarm management systems within processing facilities. The report also offers application examples covering the selection and configuration of alarm attributes (types, deadbands, and delay time).

Eramosa’s Graham Nasby, who was part of the TR3 report authoring team for five years, stated that “The TR3 Basic Alarm Design standards document provides an important framework for formulating the core types of basic alarm designs available to automated control system designers, and how these designs can be deployed in a robust and standardized manner.”

“It has direct applicability to DCS/SCADA systems by providing a common language for alarm design and streamlining baseline features when developing standardized alarms. Furthermore, TR3 also provides specific guidance on how to implement the first stages of the Detailed Alarm Design work process within the alarm management lifecycle,” added Nasby, who was also named as an international alarm management expert on the IEC TC65A Technical Committee.

Copies of the ISA-TR18.2.3 Basic Alarm Design technical report can be purchased via the ISA website.

For more information, contact Graham Nasby at

About ISA
The International Society of Automation ( is a non-profit professional association that sets the standard for those who apply engineering and technology to improve the management, safety, and cybersecurity of modern automation and control systems used across industry and critical infrastructure. Founded in 1945, ISA develops widely used global standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; hosts conferences and exhibits; and provides networking and career development programs for its 36,000 members and 350,000 customers around the world.

About Eramosa
Eramosa is a leading provider of alarm management services in the municipal water and wastewater sector. It has experience with deploying both large and small alarm management projects in utilities across North America. Eramosa prides itself in being able to tailor its offerings of alarm management services to meet individual client needs. This includes targeted alarm system improvement projects, alarm philosophy development, alarm rationalization, detailed alarm design, and full implementations of the ISA-18.2 alarm management standard. Eramosa also has experience with developing automated alarm system performance reports and implementing alarm system improvements on a wide range of DCS/SCADA systems.