Functional Safety Basic Standard IEC61508

IEC 61508 – The Functional Safety Basic Standard

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The Functional Safety Basic Standard IEC61508 is often referred to as the mother of all functional safety standards. This standard was introduced in 1998 with the intention of defining cross-industry processes and methods to be used for safety-relevant electrical, electronic and programmable electronic systems. IEC61508 is applied if no industry-specific standards are available for this […]

zertifizierte Werkzeuge, Tool qualification

IEC 61508 – Tool qualification – When? Why? How?

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The term tool qualification triggers an unpleasant feeling and uncertainty in many people who deal with functional safety. IEC61508 requires the certification of software tools used for software development. Other functional safety standards also require similar measures. Unfortunately, however, the same terms are not always used. IEC61508 uses the term „certified tools“, often the term […]

IEC61508: Specification – Architecture – Requirements; Is there any difference?

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For an increasing number of systems in the industrial automation functional safety requirements must be fulfilled. The IEC61508 compliance must be demonstrated for the software development. On the other hand, there are commercial requirements which often severely limit the product development budget. The solution lies in an efficient development process that meets the safety-relevant requirements. […]