MathWorks Simulink PLC Coder is TÜV SÜD certified
TÜV SÜD certified MathWorks Simulink PLC Coder as suitable for development processes that must comply with IEC 61508-3 and its process industry adaptation, IEC 61511-1. As a result, the company says, engineers developing high-integrity control systems can streamline certification of industrial controllers programmed using IEC 61131-3 structured text generated by Simulink PLC Coder.
The certification is based on an audit of the software development, quality engineering, and customer bug reporting processes used by MathWorks in the development of Simulink PLC Coder. The certification requires that engineers using Simulink PLC Coder follow a verification and validation workflow that aids detection and prevention of potential errors in generated structured text and third-party integrated development environment (IDE) that compiles the structured text. By including the full implementation tool chain, this workflow can support a wide variety of industrial controllers and is not locked into a particular PLC or PAC device, the company said. The workflow is documented and available with the MathWorks IEC Certification Kit, which also includes the TÜV SÜD certificate and certification report.
“Simulink PLC Coder brings greater development efficiencies and now reduces certification costs for IEC 61508 and IEC 61151 projects,” said Tom Erkkinen, embedded application manager at MathWorks. “This certification adds to our growing list of products that can be certified or qualified to popular industry standards, all of which enable engineers to leverage the benefits of Model-Based Design for their high-integrity applications.”
The company made the announcement on June 28, 2010.
MathWorks, based in Natick, MA, develops mathematical computing software. MATLAB is is a programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualization, and numeric computation. Simulink is a graphical environment for simulation and model-based design of multidomain dynamic and embedded systems. Engineers and scientists use the product families to accelerate discovery, innovation, and development in automotive, aerospace, electronics, financial services, biotech-pharmaceutical, and other industries, as well as for teaching and research, the company says. Founded in 1984, MathWorks employs more than 2,200 people in 15 countries.
– Edited by Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering content strategist, www.controleng.com