Functional Safety — product development complies with IEC 61508
Product reliability and functional safety are crucial factors if you want to stay competitive. IEC 61508 always provides you with the opportunity to achieve functional safety in any hardware and software development. However, the challenges with development methods and implementation are considerable.
- To avoid accidents and damages when devices malfunction occur
- Highest level of Safety for human being, machines and environment
Reliable and safe industrial products are getting more and more important. In past, the safety related functions have been realized mostly by electronic components, housings, connectors etc. This is specified in the standards of EN, CE, Atex 100.
The software part grows accordingly with the intelligence of the products and today the industry needs to qualify software. So IEC 61508 takes into account of the elements of previous standards in the safety area and is therefore applicable to any development regardless of the field of operation, application and usecases. The development according IEC 61508 is also possible for non-safety related products.
The strength of the IEC 61508 is the complete view over the whole life cycle of the product, the consequent application of the development model for the devices and also for the installations.
The main benefits for the these products are increased reliability and MTBF, profitable efficiency, longer product life cycle, less cost of ownership, high quality product and ... more profit for both device manufacturer and end-user.