Third-party safety testing: The case for outside certification

Case study from Moore Industries and TÜV Rheinland explains the methodology and benefits of third party safety certification.

03/17/2010


 

TÜV Rheinland, a leading provider of testing and certification services for global companies, has released, " Product Safety Case Study: Compliance Testing and Certification ." This document discusses the process of certifying a safety device from Moore Industries-International, Inc., a producer of industrial process control technologies. TÜV evaluated and certified Moore's new STA safety trip alarm to IEC 61508: Parts 1, 2, and 3 for single use in safety instrumented systems up to SIL (safety integrity level) 2.

The study provides a description of this specific SIL certification process and documents the complete experience of developing a functional safety product. Moore Industries chose TÜV Rheinland to provide a third-party safety assessment and IEC 61508 certification for the STA. "It was integral to the product's success that a highly reputable and internationally-renowned third-party agency document the safety and quality of the STA safety-trip alarm," says Tina Lockhart, Moore Industries ' director of engineering. "TÜV Rheinland was the best choice, considering the scope of the approvals process for the STA."

The case study details the steps required to pass a safety assessment, and discusses the benefits and value added for an end user when a product carries an independent certification. Moore says that with third-party evaluation to IEC 61508, it is following best practices in the safety industry, which should appeal to the best interests of end users.

As the IEC 61508 standard has become more widely recognized and adopted by worldwide customers, Moore reports that end users are increasingly looking for products that have been designed to IEC 61508 from their initial concept. Customers are demanding not only compliance to the standards but verification from an independent third-party agency.

Download the complete case study .

Read Assessing risk: Using SIL classifications .

 

-Edited by Peter Welander, process industries editor, PWelander@cfemedia.com

Control Engineering Process & Advanced Control Monthly eNewsletter
Register here to select your choice of free eNewsletters .



No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Motor specification guidelines; Understanding multivariable control; Improving a safety instrumented system; 2017 Engineers' Choice Award Winners
Selecting the best controller from several viewpoints; System integrator advice for the IIoT; TSN and real-time Ethernet; Questions to ask when selecting a VFD; Action items for an aging PLC/DCS
Robot advances in connectivity, collaboration, and programming; Advanced process control; Industrial wireless developments; Multiplatform system integration
Motion control advances and solutions can help with machine control, automated control on assembly lines, integration of robotics and automation, and machine safety.
This article collection contains several articles on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and how it is transforming manufacturing.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Future of oil and gas projects; Reservoir models; The importance of SCADA to oil and gas
Big Data and bigger solutions; Tablet technologies; SCADA developments
SCADA at the junction, Managing risk through maintenance, Moving at the speed of data
Automation Engineer; Wood Group
System Integrator; Cross Integrated Systems Group
Jose S. Vasquez, Jr.
Fire & Life Safety Engineer; Technip USA Inc.

(copy 5)

click me