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 that these tech­niques apply to the design of hard­ware used for safety pur­poses. The remain­ing ques­tion focuses on the design and devel­op­ment of safety-related soft­ware…

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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 two types of fail­ures sound sim­il­ar, they are dif­fer­ent. A Com­mon Cause Fail­ure is a fail­ure in a sys­tem where two or more por­tions of the sys­tem fail at…

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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 using this stand­ard. In case you missed a pre­vi­ous part of the series, you can read it here. In the last instal­ment of this series dis­cuss­ing…

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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 crit­ic­al. If you have been read­ing about this top­ic at all, you may notice that I am abbre­vi­at­ing Mean Time to Dan­ger­ous Fail­ure with all cap­it­al…

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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 func­tion. Next, you need to con­sider three aspects of the sys­tem design: Archi­tec­tur­al Cat­egory, Chan­nel Mean Time to Dan­ger­ous Fail­ure (MTTFD), and Dia­gnost­ic Cov­er­age (DCavg). In…

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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 inform­a­tion you need to have to ana­lyze and design the safety sys­tems for your machinery. Note that I am assum­ing that you are doing this in…

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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 walk you through the basics of using ISO 13849. Keep in mind that you will need to hold a copy of the 3rd edi­tion of ISO 13849 – 1 [1]…

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CSA Z432 Third Edition Open for Public Review!

CSA Z432, Safe­guard­ing of Machinery, is the basic stand­ard for Canada when it comes to most types of machinery. Only Power Presses and Press Brakes, and Indus­tri­al Robots are covered sep­ar­ately in their own stand­ards. CSA Z432 provides guid­ance on import­ant top­ics, like: Risk Assess­ment Risk reduc­tion through the Hier­archy of Con­trols Guard design require­ments…

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Testing Emergency Stop Systems

This entry is part 11 of 16 in the series Emer­gency Stop

I’ve had a num­ber of ques­tions from read­ers regard­ing test­ing of emer­gency stop sys­tems, and par­tic­u­larly with the fre­quency of test­ing. I addressed the types of tests that might be needed in anoth­er art­icle cov­er­ing Check­ing Emer­gency Stop Sys­tems. This art­icle will focus on the fre­quency of test­ing rather than the types of tests. The Prob­lem Emer­gency…

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CSA Z432 Safeguarding of Machinery – 3rd Edition

If you build machinery for the Cana­dian mar­ket, or if you modi­fy equip­ment in Cana­dian work­places, you will be famil­i­ar with CSA Z432, Safe­guard­ing of Machinery. This stand­ard has been around since 1992, with the last major revi­sion pub­lished in 2004. CSA has recon­vened the Tech­nic­al Com­mit­tee respons­ible for this import­ant stand­ard to revise the…

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