ISA Certified Automation Professional (CAP) program

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Certified Automation Professionals (CAPs) are responsible for the direction, design, and deployment of systems and equipment for manufacturing and control systems.

CAP question

The mission of the Abnormal Situation Management® (ASM®) Consortium is best described as:

A. to develop products and services to effectively manage and test changes made to safety systems
B. to promote research and development that minimizes failure rates of field devices
C. to identify problems resulting from industrial plant incidents and to develop solutions
D. to share best-practice modeling techniques used to analyze and predict safety system performance

CAP Answer

The correct answer is C, “to identify problems resulting from industrial plant incidents and to develop solutions.” From its website, the ASM mission is: “The ASM Consortium promotes its vision by conducting research, testing and evaluating solutions that develop and advance the collective knowledge of the members, and by directing development of tools, best practices, and services that facilitate the conversion of ASM knowledge into practice.”

To celebrate its 20th year, the ASM Consortium will be spreading further awareness about managing and mitigating abnormal situations in process industries through various events, presentations, and conferences.

ASM has been instrumental in providing research and solutions in many areas, most notably in the areas of alarm management, effective human-machine interface design, and effective use of procedural practices.

Reference: Trevathan, Vernon L., A Guide to the Automation Body of Knowledge, Second Edition, ISA, 2006.

 

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