Journal of Process Control, Vol.57, 102-115, 2017
An accelerated alignment method for analyzing time sequences of industrial alarm floods
In industrial processes, analyzing and predicting process faults are quite important, which could help operators to take timely and effective responses to ensure process safety and prevent further losses, especially during alarm floods. Various fault analysis methods have been proposed so far, among which the alarm flood sequence alignment (AFSA) methods, unlike other traditional model-based or statistical methods, provide fault inference from the perspective of alarm sequence similarity assessment. A new AFSA method, the match-based accelerated alignment (MAA) is proposed to generate insightful and informative alarm sequence alignments. MAA focuses mainly on alarm match analysis and outperforms other methods in terms of robustness towards nuisance alarms and improved computational efficiency. More importantly, the alarm time information is well considered and explored in MAA, rendering its alignment results capable of revealing the real similarity of alarm floods. Numerical examples and a real chemical plant case are studied to demonstrate the effectiveness and efficiency of the proposed MAA method. (C) 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.