Machinery Safety 101

ISO 13849 – 1 Analysis — Part 7: Safety-Related Software

General architecture model of software
This entry is part 7 of 9 in the series How to do a 13849 – 1 analysis

Post updated 2019-07-24. Ed. Safety-Related Soft­ware Up to this point, I have been dis­cuss­ing the basic pro­cesses used for the design of safety-related parts of con­trol sys­tems. The under­ly­ing assump­tion is… 

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ISO 13849 – 1 Analysis — Part 6: CCF — Common Cause Failures

This entry is part 6 of 9 in the series How to do a 13849 – 1 analysis

Post updated 2019-07-24. Ed. What is a “Com­mon Cause Fail­ure”? There are two sim­il­ar-sound­ing terms that people often get con­fused: Com­mon Cause Fail­ure (CCF) and Com­mon Mode Fail­ure. While these… 

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ISO 13849 – 1 Analysis — Part 5: Diagnostic Coverage (DC)

A graph showing the theoretical "bathtub curve" for product failure rate over the lifetime of the product.
This entry is part 5 of 9 in the series How to do a 13849 – 1 analysis

Post updated 2019-07-24. Ed. What is Dia­gnost­ic Cov­er­age? Under­stand­ing Dia­gnost­ic Cov­er­age (DC) as it is used in ISO 13849 – 1 [1] is crit­ic­al to ana­lys­ing the design of any safety func­tion assessed… 

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ISO 13849 – 1 Analysis — Part 4: MTTFD – Mean Time to Dangerous Failure

This entry is part 4 of 9 in the series How to do a 13849 – 1 analysis

Post updated 2019-07-24. Ed. Func­tion­al safety is all about the like­li­hood of a safety sys­tem fail­ing to oper­ate when you need it. Under­stand­ing Mean Time to Dan­ger­ous Fail­ure, or MTTFD, is… 

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ISO 13849 – 1 Analysis — Part 3: Architectural Category Selection

This entry is part 3 of 9 in the series How to do a 13849 – 1 analysis

Post updated 2019-07-24. Ed. At this point, you have com­pleted the risk assess­ment, assigned required Per­form­ance Levels to each safety func­tion, and developed the Safety Require­ment Spe­cific­a­tion for each safety… 

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ISO 13849 – 1 Analysis — Part 2: Safety Requirement Specification

This entry is part 2 of 9 in the series How to do a 13849 – 1 analysis

This art­icle was updated 2019-07-24. Ed. Devel­op­ing the Safety Require­ment Spe­cific­a­tion The Safety Require­ment Spe­cific­a­tion sounds pretty heavy, but actu­ally, it is just a big name for a way to organ­ize the… 

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ISO 13849 – 1 Analysis — Part 1: Start with Risk Assessment

This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series How to do a 13849 – 1 analysis

This post was updated 2019-07-24 I often get ques­tions from cli­ents about how to get star­ted on Func­tion­al Safety using ISO 13849. This art­icle is the first in a series that will… 

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New CSA Standard for Machinery Electrical Equipment

Elec­tric­al Equip­ment of Machinery Most mod­ern machinery is con­trolled elec­tric­ally, or elec­tron­ic­ally. There are a num­ber of stand­ards that apply to the design of con­trol sys­tems for machinery, with IEC 60204 – 1… 

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New Directions in Plastics Machinery

Update to this art­icle, Septem­ber 2020. ISO 20430 was pub­lished in April 2020. ISO/TC 270 is now devel­op­ing ISO 23582 – 1 — Plastics and rub­ber machines — Clamp­ing sys­tems — Part 1: Safety require­ments for mag­net­ic clamp­ing sys­tems. Public… 

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Workplace Risk Assessment – CSA Z1002: Love it, Hate it, Tweak it

The CSA Z1002 TC Needs to Know: Love it, Hate it, Tweak it? We need to know: Do you Love CSA Z1002? Hate CSA Z1002? Does it need some tweak­ing? The First of… 

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