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Development agreement signed for alarm management solution

07 January 2018

M.A.C. Solutions, developer of the ProcessVue suite of alarm management software, and alarm management company, Lieven Dubois, have signed a market development agreement for ProcessVue that covers Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Alarm Management has been a hot topic in industry for some years, with best practice alarm management is becoming increasingly important. Compliance with the International Standards IEC 62682 or ANSI/ISA 18.2 is now expected and regulatory bodies in Europe are starting to enforce this for high hazard plants through the SEVESO directive, and COMAH 2015 regulations in the UK. Despite the fact that the standards are based on work taken from the process industries, other industries are now starting to recognise the importance and benefits of alarm management.

Effective alarm management can bring about improvements to the safety and efficiency of facilities and the working environment in control rooms or command centres where systems, infrastructures, and processes are monitored, and where there is a need for human intervention during abnormal conditions, equipment failure, or major process deviations.

Commenting on the agreement, John Pritchard, managing director at M.A.C. Solutions, said: “We are excited at the prospect of working with Lieven Dubois, who is such an expert in alarm management. With his knowledge and guidance, we expect to increase the market share of ProcessVue across Europe and the rest of the world.”

Lieven Dubois commented: “I look forward to working with ProcessVue and M.A.C. Solutions in expanding its business globally. The ProcessVue alarm management software suite should be a good fit for any industry that takes alarm management seriously. It provides the necessary monitoring and risk assessment with scheduled reports, as well as the required documentation and rationalisation tools for proper management of change. This integrated approach will help customers pursue the different work process for good alarm management practice as proposed by ANSI/ISA 18.2 and IEC 62682.” Alongside the ProcessVue product suite, M.A.C. Solutions also provides consulting services through a dedicated UK-based expert, Ian Brown, and now Lieven Dubois.

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