Certified Safety System Releases

Monday, June 9, 2014 @ 06:06 PM gHale

ABB released its High Integrity (HI) safety system for use with any ABB or third party control system, PLC or operator interface last week.

In addition, the safety system received its TÜV certification two weeks ago that gives users the ability to utilize the safety system for any SIL 1-3 application and to interface all necessary information to the existing control system and/or operator interface.

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In their most recent Process Safety System Worldwide Outlook Report, industry research firm ARC Advisory Group, identifies the need to meet regulatory requirements, the impact of recent incidents and aging of the existing safety infrastructure as factors driving global safety system sales at a capitalized annual growth rate of over 9 percent as emerging and mature markets invest in safety improvements.

As companies race to upgrade their safety systems, the ABB safety system ends up certified to the most recent editions of IEC 61508 and IEC 61511.

The system includes an object oriented engineering environment with SIL certified safety libraries that efficiently support reuse and engineering throughout the entire safety lifecycle. The engineering environment includes IEC 6113103 programming languages and the easy to use Diagram Editor as well as safeguards against non-SIL compliant configurations. Core functions that ensure safe operations include system security, access control, confirm operations, force control, time tagging to millisecond accuracy, audit trail, system diagnostics and difference reporting. These functions provide an extra layer of authentication for maintenance bypasses and force control as well as enhanced capabilities for troubleshooting and root cause analysis.

Connectivity options and protocols including Modbus and OPC provide the ability to interface to process panels, ABB control systems or third party software and control systems. The non-interfering communications protocols enable read access to the safety system data for any type of display.

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