Functional Safety Solution simplifies safety certification

22 May 2015

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Functional Safety Solution simplifies safety certificationDanfoss is introducing a new Functional Safety Solution, a complete functional safety package that simplifies safety certification efforts for off-highway original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Danfoss says its Functional Safety Solution saves OEMs time, cost and engineering effort throughout the process of building functional-safety-certified equipment.

The Functional Safety Solution covers all Danfoss components, software, processes and training to help customers comply with safety regulations and applicable standards, such as the European Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC and the associated harmonised standards. No matter what the specific functional safety needs may be, partnership with Danfoss enables customers to achieve Functional Safety certification more easily, reduce total installation costs and accelerate time to market.

Torben Juul, Functional Safety Manager at Danfoss Power Solutions, says: "Meeting functional safety standards can be a complex, time-consuming and costly process that strains OEM resources. With the Danfoss Functional Safety Solution, our customers can focus on their core competences while relying on Danfoss for functional-safety solutions, expertise and experience."

Complying with the European Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC and the relevant harmonised standards demands intricate knowledge of legislation, standards, components, software, design processes, applications and documentation. Danfoss Functional Safety Solution offers customers functional safety support on topics ranging from risk assessment to system validation.

Functional safety training

When addressing functional safety, mobile OEMs must first understand complicated functional safety standards, challenges, process steps and critical deliverables. To begin their certification effort, OEMs must learn and complete the risk assessment process. With the new Functional Safety Solution, Danfoss shares extensive knowledge and application experience through the customisable Functional Safety Fundamental Training and Risk Assessment Training modules. These introductions to functional safety concepts and risk assessment help OEMs approach functional safety and risk assessment more efficiently and intelligently.

Most component choices on the market today are not functional safety-certified, and some are not even certifiable. Danfoss Functional Safety Solution offers high-quality controllers, PVG proportional valves and piston pumps that are already safety-certified by third-party company Exida. The integration of certified components available with the Danfoss Functional Safety Solution reduces design time and speeds time to market by eliminating the need for OEMs to have components or subsystems independently certified.

Application programming

Without guidance or processes to support functional safety, application programming can demand significant engineering resources. The Danfoss Functional Safety Solution simplifies the functional safety aspects of software development with the Software Product Development and Launch Process (PDLP), functional safety certified by TUV-Nord up to Safety Integrity Level 3 (SIL 3) according to (EN) IEC 61508:2010. Following the guided workflow of the Software PDLP reduces programming time and cost associated with creating certifiable software, enabling customers to focus on their technical project. Danfoss experts can provide Software PDLP Training and consultation throughout the programming process.

Functional safety system validation

System validation can be complicated and time-consuming for customers. Validation requires technical information for all components to be studied so as to determine the Safety Integrity Level and critical data such as Mean Time To Dangerous Failure (MTTFd) – information that can be difficult to obtain or unreliable in some situations. The Danfoss Functional Safety Solution provides transparent documentation related to certified and non-certified components, thereby saving significant time and making clear exactly what customers need during validation.

Juul says: "At Danfoss, we have a robust functional safety team to support OEMs through the entire process of developing safety-certified machines. As OEMs grow and their functional safety needs evolve, so will our support."

Follow the link for more information about the new Functional Safety Solution package from Danfoss.

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