An alarm trigger communicating system and methods of using the same are provided. The alarm trigger communicating system can receive data characterizing an operational state of a machine and a timing information associated with the operational state. The system can access, based on the operational state, an alarm trigger of a plurality of alarm triggers, the alarm trigger can include predefined properties including an alarm threshold. The system can also display a graphical object representing the alarm trigger, the graphical object displayed in a graphical display space can have a first axis and a second axis for displaying a plot over time of operational parameter associated with the machine. The graphical object having a first visual characteristic can indicate the alarm threshold.