Process safety: Mining the resources at your fingertips

You can find huge amounts of information on this hot topic without leaving your desk.
By Control Engineering Staff August 6, 2008

Recently it seems that everyone is talking about process safety, and sales growth figures show that people are acting on it too. That’s a good thing, and the volume of resources that you have available is growing. Here are some examples.

First, the sales figures: ARC Advisory Group says that strong growth of the safety instrumented system market will continue in 2008. Current soft conditions may temper it in subsequent years, but the worldwide market, which is around $1.4 billion in 2007, is expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate of over 12% per year to over $2.5 billion in 2012, according to a new ARC Advisory Group study, “Process Safety System Worldwide Outlook– Market Analysis and Forecast Through 2012.”

“The safety system market has experienced unprecedented growth for the last two years.l author of the study.

The complexity of safety systems has increased over time because of efforts to add capabilities and make them easier to work with on an operational basis. The result is that companies frequently have to engage outside help when designing new systems or upgrading an existing facility. This can involve a consulting group, system integrators, or a primary automation supplier.

Major process automation suppliers generally have departments, divisions, or even whole subsidiary companies dedicated to process safety. Examples include:

This list is just a beginning, and there are many more safety suppliers available. If you search at www.controleng.com on “process safety,” you will get more than 10,000 results that can be divided into various subtopics which could keep you busy reading many relevant articles.

Siemens has launched a new Website called www.safetybase.com which also contains a huge amount of information on both process and discrete manufacturing safety issues.

All that to say, there is no shortage of resources as you explore this critical area. There is much to discover and learn at your fingertips.

—Peter Welander, process industries editor, PWelander@cfemedia.com ,
Process & Advanced Control Monthly
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