Safety certification service
Published: 10 April, 2014
TÜV SÜD PRODUCT SERVICE has launched a UK-based Safety Integrity Level (SIL) certification service, so that manufacturers of safety-related controls can assure purchasers that their product functions according to the required performance levels.
The initial phase of the new TÜV SÜD service includes a gap analysis process to ascertain if the safety component will achieve the required SIL or performance level, or if other measures must be taken before certification. This will minimise the certification process phase, saving safety-related control manufacturers costs and reducing time to market for newly designed products.
International standard IEC 61508 (Functional Safety of Electrical/Electronic/Programmable Electronic Safety-related Systems) is the basic functional safety standard applicable to all industries. A SIL is determined primarily from the assessment of three factors, with the highest levels requiring greater compliance with each
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