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Upon completion of this topic, you will be able to perform the tasks in the following
objectives:

•Use System 1 Display software to open Event Manager.

•Customize the Event Manager display to view specific events.

•Recognize hardware alarm events for the chosen monitored equipment and
devices.

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An Event can be a special set of circumstances, a notification, an alarm, status


change, or essentially, anything that happens at a given place and time.

Event Manager is a way to view a System 1 Event. Event Manager lists all events,
but can easily be customized to view only the events that you are responsible for.
Once you are aware of an event, you can use Event Manager to record the
completion of a required action by Acknowledging the event.

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The Events that occur in an enterprise are recorded in a single Event List as part of the
historical database. The number of Events that can be stored depends on the amount of
hard disk space allocated. All events that occur in Event Manager will be stored in the
historical database.

When events occur in System 1, the affected item icons in the hierarchy and view begin
blinking. In addition, the color of the blinking icon will reflect the assigned severity
level. The blinking will continue until the event entry in the Event Manager display is
“Acknowledged.” The Acknowledge command does not “reset” latched conditions in
the monitoring system. Resetting of a latched condition is done by direct interaction
with the rack.

Because of the large number of events that appear in the enterprise’s Event Manager, it
is useful to limit the Event display to show only events of interest. This can be
accomplished by applying filters to the Event Manager display. Note: Applying a filter
does not remove the event from the historical database. You still have the option of
changing settings to view any event including “Acknowledged” events.

The first way to limit the number of viewable events in the Event Manager display is to
click on a point (asset) and then open Event Manager. This method will display only
the events related to this particular item, including the item’s nested subcomponents.

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The Event Manager dialog box has two panes. The bottom pane lists the item’s event
information. The top pane is for customizing the data appearing in the bottom pane.

The Event Manager dialog box title includes a description of the level of the hierarchy
entry was made. Such as if Event Manager was chosen to view all events pertaining to
MD_Trng_Workstation_Workshop\Lab Station 1.

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Date/Time - Indicates when the event occurred. The symbol displayed to the left of the
date/time stamp relate to the event’s Severity and Category information.

Severity – Severity information provides a quick view of the event’s priority. Severity
codes range from zero to four with four being the highest alarm.

Category – Events are grouped by a specific category, such as Protection hardware


(HW) alarms, so that you can easily filter by what you need to view.

Path – You can view the partial path and specific name of an item in the list.

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As mentioned earlier, we can limit the number of viewable events by choosing a point
(asset) in the Hierarchy and then opening the Event Manager dialog box. In addition,
we can continue to limit the number of viewable events using the Select Filters option.

Select Filters – This option allows you to customize, by event category, the events to
display in the bottom pane of the Event Manager display.

Acknowledgment State area – The Acknowledged check box can be selected or


cleared.

Clearing the Acknowledged check box will display the chosen event’s category
unacknowledged events. Such as if you choose to view only Communication events
and you clear the Acknowledged check box, then you will be showing only
unacknowledged communication events

If you select the Acknowledged check box you will display all events related to a
specific event category. The acknowledged events will include additional information,
and the acknowledged events will no longer be displayed in Bold font.

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In the Filter Selection dialog, you should also be aware of the Event Mode area. Most
events will be Normal, but there is also a Trial mode in which the events do not
generate any event results (e.g., alarms) even though the conditions are met. Trial mode
is useful for configuring customized rules, which can be set up to fire events when the
data produce certain results. Filtering events by Trial mode allows you to see only
those events that were generated when rules were being set up and tested. Events that
occur while a rule is in Trial mode will create an icon in the display hierarchy as shown
above. In the Event Manager, the Trial mode event will have a gray background for the
entire line of that event.

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The following is a list of Event Types that can occur in the System 1 platform:

System Access to software products – If a configuration change is made in an


Enterprise an event will be added. Event Manager informs you when a software
product stops communicating with your Enterprise. For example, an event will occur if
an Excel spreadsheet stops communicating with the System 1 platform.

Equipment connections - Data Collection Modules (DCMs) will produce an event if


the device stops communicating with the System 1 platform. Remote equipment
connections are included in this category.

Transient events (startup and shutdown) are entered into the Event Manager.

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The following is a list of Event Types that can occur in the System 1 platform:

Alarms –
A Management SW alarm event occurs when a measured data point is out of
the acceptable range as determined in the System 1 Configuration software.
A Protection HW alarming event is associated with a monitoring rack and
cannot be changed using System 1 Configuration software.
A “LEFT” alarm event occurs when the data point on the machine or process
returns to the acceptable configured alarm data range or if the monitor rack is
reset.

Acknowledgements – Acknowledged events are events such as an Alarm that have


been marked with an individual’s ID and date/time stamp. The ID and date/time stamp
indicate that someone saw the event and then took action to remove the event from the
active event list. The original event information is still visible with the Acknowledged
event.

Note: Only certain persons should acknowledge events to ensure that proper action is
taken. Acknowledging does not reset the monitoring rack.

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After choosing the Category Events that you are interested in, you can continue to limit
displayed events by selecting or clearing the Severity check boxes.

Note: By clearing the Severity Level 0 check box, Event Manager will not show
“entered” or “exited” events. Therefore, we recommend that you do not clear the
Severity Level 0 check box.

Severity Levels – Hardware alarms are listed under the Protection (HW) alarms
category. All hardware alarms have a default severity of 3 (Alert), and 4 (Danger). This
assignment cannot be changed. However, other severity level assignments can be done
in System 1 Configuration for other types of events.

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Exclusive Filtering – In the Exclusive Filtering area you can choose to view
Management (SW) Alarms, Protection (HW) Alarms, and/or Startup and Shutdown
events.

These selections in the Exclusive Filtering area override the selections made in the
Select Filters dialog box and the Severity options. For example, if you select Protection
(HW) Alarms in the Exclusive Filtering area and clear all Severity check boxes, you
will still be able to view all Protection (HW) Alarms.

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Click Select Columns to open the Column Configuration dialog box. This dialog lets
you change information appearing in the Event Manager display, and reposition your
event information columns.

You can also reposition your event information columns while viewing the Event
Manager Display using a “drag-and-drop” operation.

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After making customizations to your display, click Save Settings so that your settings
will be available when you open the Event Manager dialog box.

To search for a specific event, each column header can be used to sort alphabetically or
chronologically. However, these changes will not stay in effect unless you choose to
click Save Settings.

Additional fields in the Event Manager dialog are:

Full Path - Select Full Path check box to display the entire path location of the item
associated with the Event. You can use your right arrow key to scroll to the end of the
path name.

Click Reload after updating the Filter Selection list, or after changing the date Range
or the Maximum Returned Events. This step is necessary to see the new updated
Event list. In addition, Event Manager is not dynamically linked, so new events that
occur after Event Manager is opened will only appear after you click Reload.

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If the Range check box is cleared, Event Manager will display all events from the
database based on the filter criteria and Hierarchy level entered. By selecting the
Range check box, Event Manager can display a selected period to help locate past
events. This option lets you view start-up information that occurred in the previous
month. After searching using this method, remember to clear the Range check box.

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In the Acknowledge area, you are provided three ways to acknowledge an event(s): All,
In List, and Selected.

Note: Acknowledging removes the bold font and stops the blinking of icons being
affected by the event. Only a designated person should acknowledge events so that the
appropriate staff can implement the necessary response(s).

Selected - Will acknowledge only the highlighted events appearing in Event Manager.

In List - Acknowledges all those items currently appearing in the Event Manager list.
This list is dependent on the level of the hierarchy you entered when opening Event
Manger as well as the filters and severity selected.

All - Provides an opportunity to acknowledge all events, not just the events currently
appearing in Event Manager.

By clicking Delete you remove the selected events from the event list and from the
Historical database. Therefore, you will not see a deleted event as an acknowledged
item.

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Asset Active Alarm Manager

The Asset Active Alarm Manager is comparable to Event Manager, but with a few
added features. The Asset Active Alarm Manager can be displayed in the main portion
of System 1 Display and can remain visible in System 1 Display even after closing and
re-opening the System 1 Display software application.

The Active Alarm lists does resemble Event Manager. However, the following is a list
of several differences between the two applications:

First, while Event Manager shows every event including “No Data”, “Not OK”,
or Decision Support Result Problems events, the Active Asset Manager does not.
These events are available for viewing and analysis with Event Manager.

The Asset Active Alarm Manager does display Management Alarms, Protection
Alarms, Decision Support Mechanical and Performance Alarms. These alarms
are still visible in Event Manager too.

Along with this new alarm feature comes a few new terms that we will explain.

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In the System 1 Configuration setup is a new tab used to set software latching for any
points deemed necessary.

Software alarms can now be defined as “latching” and “non-latching.” In prior System
1 6.5 versions all software alarms are defined as “non-latching.”

Software Latching does not interfere with and should not be confused with hardware
latching. When we say “Software Latching” it pertains to the Asset Active Alarm list,
Software Latching refers to an alarm status that does not go away even when the
variable values return below the alarm setpoint. Such as if you have an alarm setpoint
for a temperature reading of 120 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, when the setpoint is
reached or exceeded an alarm of severity 2 occurs. However, if the alarm is set to
“latch” then when the temperature goes below the alarm setpoint of 2 the alarm does
not stop, it will continue until you reset the condition. Latching is not to be confused
with Acknowledging an alarm.

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The Asset Active Alarm Manager lets you quickly and easily identify what is happening
in System 1 without having to wade through a historical list of events and changes. As
mentioned earlier, events such as “Not OK” will not be displayed in the Asset Active
Alarm Manager, only those events that are related to pertinent hardware and software
alarms. This allows you to locate problems, diagnose the root cause of the problem and
take action quickly to address these issues before they become critical.

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