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Thursday, October 9, 2014 @ 03:10 PM gHale

The Certified Functional Safety Expert (CFSE) Program introduced a new Automotive Safety Applications specialty.

The Automotive Safety Applications program applies to personnel who implement safety related systems in automotive applications. This specialty also focuses on understanding and the proper application of the ISO 26262 standard, as well as relevant areas of IEC 61508.

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“The importance of competency in safety engineering is clearly understood but can be hard to demonstrate,” said Chris O’Brien, member of the CFSE Automotive Advisory Board and partner with exida.

“For more than a decade, the CFSE program has been the choice of industry to evaluate functional safety competency in a thorough and unbiased way,” he said.

The Automotive Safety Applications program applies to personnel involved in the implementation of safety-related systems in Automotive Applications. The CFSE/CFSP Automotive Safety exams consist of questions prepared and reviewed by automotive safety experts. A periodic review occurs to assure that questions are understandable to those well-versed in the applicable standards and fields of practice.

The CFSE/CFSP Process Safety program requires demonstrated competency in current standards. Anyone not up to date will be unlikely to pass. While experience and conservative judgment is important to safety, experience alone is not enough. Additional preparation is needed for anyone not completely up to date with current standards and practice.

The CFSE GB highly recommends a student study at least 40-50 self-study hours for preparation of the CFSE/CFSP exam.

The curriculum for this program consists of general functional safety knowledge plus the knowledge in the applicable field of expertise:
1. General requirements of ISO 26262
2. Other relevant national and international regulations (ECE-R13, ECE-R79 Annexes SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS TO BE APPLIED TO THE SAFETY ASPECTS OF COMPLEX ELECTRONIC VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEMS)
3. Common terms and definitions
4. Safety Lifecycle concepts and objectives
5. Safety management in a distributed development environment during the concept phase, product development, and after the item’s release for production
6. General documentation requirements
o a. Configuration management and Change control requirements
o Confirmation measure requirements, independence of confirmation
7. Item definition
8. Hazard identification, analysis and risk assessment concepts and procedures
9. Product development at the system, hardware, and software level
10. Development of functional and technical system-level requirements, Functional and Technical safety concept
11. ASIL decomposition
12. System, hardware, software design traceable to the functional and technical safety requirements
13. ASIL- oriented and safety-oriented analyses
o a. Interpretation of tables
o b. Dependent failure requirements and recommendations
14. Safety case compilation

For more information, click on the cfse website.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 @ 03:10 PM gHale

Safety is top of mind throughout the industry and the companies employing the some of the top solutions won awards from safety certification provider, exida.

The winners of exida’s 2014 Safety Awards were in three categories: Sensor, Logic Solver and Interface Module.

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The following companies/products are this year’s winners:
• Emerson Process Management’s Rosemount 3051S Advanced Diagnostics Pressure Transmitter (Sensor)
• General Electric’s Mark VIeS Safety Management System (Logic Solver)
• Moore Industries-International, Inc.’s SSX/SST Safety Series Isolator and Splitter (Interface Module)

“We are thrilled with the quality of products that were submitted for this year’s awards,” said Steve Close, exida senior safety engineer. “This made for very difficult decision process, but we are confident that the chosen products best exemplify innovation and novelty. Congratulations to this year’s winners.”

Thursday, May 1, 2014 @ 07:05 PM gHale

KOSO America, Inc.’s REXA Xpac earned a functional safety certification from safety certification provider, exida, to help ensure that it meets the functional safety requirements for Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 3 capability per IEC 61508: 2010.

“KOSO’s capabilities were confirmed through an extensive certification process,” said Chris O’Brien, exida evaluating assessor. “They have a very strong control on their design, as well as having exceptional metrics.”

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“exida has the experience and technical expertise that we look for in a certification body,” said Nick Lalos, KOSO marketing supervisor. “They have a rigorous program and completing this certification will give our customers additional confidence in our products.”

Safety certification is becoming more important throughout the industry. Along those lines, in October exida named the winners of its first Safety Awards 2013.

Awards were for three categories: Sensors, Logic Solvers, and Software products that best demonstrate innovative work and have the ability to play a key role in the continuous journey of making the world a safer place.

The following companies/products earned honors:
• Sensors, and the winner is: Det-tronics’ FlexSonic Acoustic Detector
• Logic Solvers, and the winner is: Emerson Process Management’s DeltaV SIS with Electronic Marshalling
• Software, and the winner is: System Engineering Consultants Co., Ltd.’s RTMSafety

Thursday, February 13, 2014 @ 08:02 AM gHale

Woodward, Inc.’s large electric sonic valve (LESV) flow sensor gained certification from functional safety provider exida for functional safety.

This certification will help the company meet requirements for safety integrity level (SIL) 2 capability per IEC 61508:2010.

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The sensor, part of the fuel management system of new large-frame gas turbine engines, is the first Woodward product to meet SIL standards from exida certification.

An extensive certification process included failure modes, effects, and diagnostic analysis (FMEDA).

Terry Mize, Woodward’s system engineer for gas turbine fuel management systems, said the certification will assure Woodward customers of the sensor’s reliable performance during the light-off sequence and normal operation of their gas turbines during the life of the system.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 @ 08:02 PM gHale

The Detcon FP-700 Combustible Gas Sensor gained certification for functional safety, ensuring that it meets the functional safety requirements for Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 2 capability per IEC 61508: 2010, said officials at safety certification provider, exida.

“Detcon’s capabilities were confirmed through an extensive certification process that included a Failure Modes, Effects and Diagnostic Analysis (FMEDA),” said John Yozallinas, exida evaluating assessor. “Its mature development process provides the rigor needed to ensure the delivery of products that achieve high levels of functional safety.”

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“We continue to choose exida as our certification body because of its technical expertise,” said Bob Masi, Detcon president. “Obtaining an exida certificate gives our customers strong confidence that our products are applicable to safety critical applications.”

Product certification is a growing trend in the industry, as users need to know products can stand up to the challenges safety, and security, solutions provide.

Along those lines, in October exida named the winners of its first Safety Awards 2013.

Awards were for three categories: Sensors, Logic Solvers, and Software products that best demonstrate innovative work and have the ability to play a key role in the continuous journey of making the world a safer place.

The following companies/products earned honors:
• Sensors, and the winner is: Det-tronics’ FlexSonic Acoustic Detector
• Logic Solvers, and the winner is: Emerson Process Management’s DeltaV SIS with Electronic Marshalling
• Software, and the winner is: System Engineering Consultants Co., Ltd.’s RTMSafety

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 @ 04:01 PM gHale

Yokogawa Electric Corporation’s ProSafe-RS Safety Controller gained certification from global safety and security certification provider, exida, ensuring the product it meets the requirements for ISASecure Embedded Device Security Assurance (EDSA) Level 1.

Based upon the ISA/IEC 62443 standards, ISASecure EDSA is an industry consensus cyber security certification scheme for products and supplier development practices that is governed by the ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI).

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exida is currently the only ISASecure Chartered Laboratory accredited by ANSI/AClass to evaluate embedded devices according to the ISASecure EDSA conformance scheme and grant ISASecure EDSA certifications.

Yokogawa joins Honeywell and RTP Corp. as automation equipment suppliers offering ISASecure certified products.

Obtaining ISASecure Level I certification is a difficult process. ISASecure certification is based on a security validation process that is an order of magnitude more rigorous. It indicates a far higher level of security in the product and its intended use.

For ICS and SCADA equipment end users, understanding the difference is important. It may mean the difference between buying a product riddled with vulnerabilities and buying a product designed to be secure.

Monday, January 13, 2014 @ 05:01 PM gHale

Belden Inc. signed a global partnering pact with safety and cyber security services firm, exida to streamline their individual offerings into one package.

The Belden-exida partnership will move to offer a more efficient process for securing an industrial network. With a single-source coordinating the details — from the initial security assessment to the installation of the solution — customers can optimize their industrial network resources, resulting in maximized uptime and enhanced operational productivity.

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“We’ve worked with exida for a number of years, tapping into their best-in-class risk analysis and security recommendations,” said Frank Williams, senior product manager at Belden’s Tofino Security. “Now, we’ve formalized that partnership and when our customers ask ‘how much security do I need?’—we can make their next steps seamless. exida’s experience in the industrial setting is the ideal match to our existing portfolio of physical and cyber security solutions. Together, we will help ensure the uptime and reliability of our customers’ networks is not compromised.”

When it comes down to it, security works hand in hand with network reliability.

“While many think of deliberate attacks, like hackers, terrorists and malware, the reality is 80 percent of incidents that bring a network down are unintentional issues, like field configuration changes, malformed traffic, data storms or technician errors,” Williams said. “exida’s analysis of the true threats to safety and security will help companies take the proper precautions to protect their network.”

exida focuses on assessing new or existing control systems, as well as policies and procedures, to help customers identify and correct vulnerabilities. After collecting and analyzing the data, exida can train personnel and contractors to improve their cyber security countermeasures, among other services.

“Our experience is unique in that we understand the devices, systems and applications used by industrial process control and factory automation engineers, as well as the IT side of security,” said John Cusimano, director of the cyber security division at exida. “After we perform our assessments or trainings, Belden can step in to address and resolve any security issues we identify. This partnership takes our combined services to the next level to deliver an all-in-one offering.”

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 @ 04:10 PM gHale

The Rosemount 5300 Series Guided Wave Radar Transmitter gained certification for functional safety, ensuring that it meets the functional safety requirements for Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 3 capability per IEC 61508: 2010.

“Rosemount’s capabilities were confirmed through an extensive certification process that included the completion of a Failure Modes, Effects and Diagnostic Analysis (FMEDA),” said Dave Butler, evaluating assessor at exida, an industry functional safety certification provider for the process industries. “Their mature development process provides the rigor needed to ensure the delivery of products that achieve high levels of functional safety.”

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“We were confident in choosing exida as our certification body for their technical expertise in functional safety certification,” said Dajana Prastalo, manager product approvals at Rosemount Tank Radar. “They have a rigorous process that gives our customers a solid confidence that our products are applicable to safety critical applications.” Rosemount is a business unit of Emerson Process Management.

Emerson was also an award winner for exida’s first Safety Awards 2013.

There were three categories for which exida gave an award: Sensors, Logic Solvers, and Software. They were for products that best demonstrate innovative work and have the ability to play a key role in the continuous journey of making the world a safer place.

The following companies/products earned the honors:
• Sensors, and the winner is: Det-tronics’ FlexSonic Acoustic Detector
• Logic Solvers, and the winner is: Emerson Process Management’s DeltaV SIS with Electronic Marshalling
• Software, and the winner is: System Engineering Consultants Co., Ltd.’s RTMSafety

Friday, October 25, 2013 @ 07:10 AM gHale

With the ever changing threats posed by cyber events of any nature, it has become critical to recognize these emerging threats, malicious or not, and identify the consequences these threats may have on the operation of an industrial control system (ICS). Cyber-attacks over time have the ability to take on many forms and threaten not only industrial but also national security.

Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest exporter of crude oil, serves as a perfect example depicting how devastating a cyber-attack can truly be on an industrial manufacturer. In August 2012, Saudi Aramco (SA) had 30,000 personal computers on its network infected by a malware attack better known as the “Shamoon” virus. According to InformationWeek Security this was roughly 75 percent of the company’s workstations and took 10 days to complete clean-up efforts.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013 @ 11:10 AM gHale

Cameron’s TK trunnion mounted ball valves gained functional safety certification per IEC 61508 from safety certification provider, exida.

The certification ensures the valves meet the functional safety requirements for Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 3 capable per IEC 61508.

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“At Cameron, we are committed to providing a safe work environment for our employees and providing our customers safe, reliable products for their work environments,” said Charlie Danielson, Cameron Product Manager for TK products.

For over 50 years, the TK trunnion mounted ball valve has seen use in the oil and gas industry for critical service applications, providing reliability, and safety over a long period of time.

“The capability of the Cameron process was confirmed through an extensive certification process that included the completion of a Failure Modes, Effects and Diagnostic Analysis (FMEDA),” said Steve Close, exida Evaluating Assessor.

“They demonstrated a solid understanding of the issues necessary to achieve high levels of functional safety.”

 
 
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