B&R reports that the openSAFETY protocol has been tested and approved to IEC 61784-3-13, hence it is released for international standardisation. National IEC committees that approved openSAFETY represent 27 countries including China, USA and Germany. openSAFETY has been certified by TUV Rheinland and TUV Sud for SIL 3 applications.
Because openSAFETY is fieldbus-independent, it can be used with all fieldbus or industrial Ethernet systems. This will be particularly beneficial to specifiers working in plants within which there is equipment from multiple suppliers, as well as system integrators and end users linking multiple machines to create integrated manufacturing systems. At the HMI 2010 trade fair, openSAFETY was presented in applications using some of the most popular industrial Ethernet protocols: Sercos III, Modbus TCP, EtherNet/IP and Powerlink. For the first time, users of industrial Ethernet systems other than Powerlink now also have a complete, certified and open safety networking protocol available to them. Nevertheless, this is not a 'new' protocol, as it has been proven in industry since 2008, and B&R (which originally created the protocol) claims that openSAFETY is currently the fastest safety bus on the market.
Stefan Schoenegger, Open Automation Business Unit Manager at B&R, comments: "End customers have been requesting a uniform and manufacturer-independent standard for years, and openSAFETY is the response to those requests. It allows increases in productivity that are currently not possible with other safety protocols."
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