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Wind River, ISaGRAF team on safety controls

Posted: 25 Nov 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:SIL 3  Wind River Partner Validation  safety controls solution 

Automation software technology partner, ISaGRAF joins Wind River Partner Validation Programme to collaborate on a validated and tested modular safety controls solution designed for companies in the energy, transportation and process markets.

Through this strategic relationship, Wind River becomes the first certified operating system provider to partner with ISaGRAF for a validated Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 3 solution. SIL is a measurement for specifying the safety integrity requirements of the safety functions to be allocated to electrical/electronic/programmable electronic safety-related systems (SIL 4 has the highest level of safety integrity; SIL 1 the lowest).

Under the terms of the agreement, ISaGRAF will integrate and validate its FlexiSafe solution to Wind River's VxWorks Cert Platform, a commercial off-the-shelf real-time operating system for delivering safety critical applications that must be certified to the stringent requirements of IEC 61508 and other related software standards. FlexiSafe is said to be the only available IEC 61131-3 solution on the market offering the full language set for IEC 61508 SIL 3 systems.

Specifically, the combined VxWorks Cert Platform and ISaGRAF solution will have IEC 61508 SIL 3 certification, offering industrial companies a validated and tested solution for control systems with up to SIL 3 software certification requirements. By validating and certifying both solutions, customers will have a faster time to market, as well as lower development and maintenance costs.

"The industrial automation world is changing, and increasingly products are required to comply with the IEC 61508 standards," said Julien Chouinard, ISaGRAF managing director. "The ISaGRAF-Wind River partnership will make the development of safety products more accessible and easier to implement. The combination of ISaGRAF and VxWorks Cert Platform fills an important gap in the technology offerings available to the industry."

"With certification requirements becoming more stringent and widely enforced in the energy, transportation and process markets, it is important to streamline the certification path for our customers. Through our collaboration with ISaGRAF, we are mitigating the risks that companies face when getting components and run-time systems certified, thereby making the process more efficient," said Alexander Damisch, director of industrial solutions at Wind River.

The Wind River Partner Validation Programme offers a pre-integrated software and hardware ecosystem that helps solve the increasingly important business issues of reducing time-to-market, achieving cost savings and realising successful project deployment.

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