Operators have a very demanding job; in addition to assuring that the plant or facility operates within its designed and desired operating conditions, operators need to be able to quickly and safely respond to and recover from all abnormal events and situations. Cogent offers a set of solutions to help operators improve their effectiveness, thereby helping businesses increase profits and reduce risks.
> Safety System Design
Cogent’s expertise in safety system design can help operations meet industry standard functional safety requirements. Our team will work closely with stakeholders to ensure compliance to safety standards such as ISO 26262, IEC 61508, and IEC 60730.
> Intuitive Operator Interfaces
Effectively operating your plant starts ensuring that operators can easily and intuitively navigate, visualize, understand and control the processes is critical to the successful and safe operation of your plant. Human Factors Engineering and Abnormal Situation Management are critical to ensuring operators can perform optimally under all conditions. Cogent develops interfaces that operators can easily and intuitively navigate, allowing them to visualize, understand and control the processes. Our solutions allow operators and staff to deal with abnormal situations effectively, reducing the risks to the operations and safety of staff.
> Alarms and Events
A correctly designed Alarm and Events system reduces the risk to the operations and improves the effectiveness and agility of your operators. Incorporated into our designs are comprehensive alarm and events management strategies and systems that properly prioritize and reduce nuisance alarming. As part of our designs, Cogent works with client to properly rationalize alarms ensuring operator effectiveness, confidence and safety. In the event of process upsets that are beyond operator control, automated systems are required to provide orderly shutdowns. Whether it is process safety, electrical safety or fire protection Cogent designs Emergency Shutdown Systems to reduce the potential risks to equipment and personnel.
> Operator Information Systems
HMIs provide a very useful function for operator command and control; however, when upsets occur, operators need information to guide them through these events. Utilizing third-party proven technologies, Cogent develops and deploys tailored systems and applications that capture lessons learned, deliver guidance to remedy abnormal situations and allow personnel to make more informed decisions.
> Simulation-Based Operator Training
Cogent develops training programs for supervisory and operations staff to gain the practical knowledge that will enable them to operate and maintain their plants effectively. Cogent’s training includes a hands-on element that presents operators with the opportunity to use the same version of the implemented operator interface applications and control system on a virtually simulated plant, allowing them to practice normal and abnormal situations in a risk-free environment before attempting to run a live plant.