High on the agenda: Safety
Safety systems are also becoming increasingly important and complex since machinery and plants are carrying out more and more and, with higher productivity, the hazards are generally also increasing.
Guidelines and standards have been created to help every plant operator to operate his or her plant to the highest levels of safety. Failure analyses and risk assessments serve as a basis for decision-making. The aim is to reduce the risk presented by a technical system to an acceptable risk by means of safety measures.
The machinery directive 2006/42/EC and the technical standards of individual applications demand the minimisation of risks. Functional safety is a legal obligation in many areas.
The more complex an electronic system is, the more diverse the error possibilities are. For this reason, the IEC 61508 series of standards demands the avoidance of systematic faults during development, monitoring during operation and the safe control and elimination of detected errors.