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Rockwell Automation introduces new SIL3 OptiSIS Safety Instrumented System for 100 I/Os

Rockwell Automtion OptiSIS.jpgRockwell Automation has introduced its new OptiSIS solution, giving industrial operators a pre-engineered safety instrumented system that can help ease deployment and reduce lead times for small and midsized process applications. The OptiSIS solution is ideal for oil and gas, chemical and petrochemical producers with aging process-safety systems that are either noncompliant or can no longer be maintained.

“Replacing or upgrading a process-safety system using a custom-engineered approach can be costly and time-consuming,” said Mark Eldredge, Packaged Solutions program manager for Rockwell Automation. “The OptiSIS solution can reduce lead time by more than 30 percent, leading to faster and more cost-effective safety instrumented system deployments.”

The OptiSIS solution is designed for safety instrumented system applications of 50 or 100 I/O points, including emergency shutdown (ESD) systems, burner-management systems (BMS) and high-integrity pressure protection systems (HIPPS). The version for applications of up to 100 I/O points will be available in the fourth quarter of 2015.

“Packaged solutions from Rockwell Automation are designed to help industrial operators fill capability gaps and address their specific business challenges,” said Allan Rentcome, global technology director for Systems and Solutions at Rockwell Automation. “With the OptiSIS solution, industrial operators now have a packaged solution for safety applications that historically may have been too small to justify the investment.”

The pre-engineered OptiSIS solution is delivered ready to install, wire and configure, shortening the overall engineering time and eliminating the need for any programming. Users need only enter their logic scenarios into the system’s cause-and-effect graphical interface. The configurations are tested and can then be stored for verification against original safety function requirements – or used at a later date to restore the system to a known state.

Flexible inputs and outputs help confirm that the system accommodates a varying mix of digital and analog I/O types. Additionally, simplex I/O and fault-tolerant (dual) I/O versions are available to address different redundancy needs.  The system meets requirements up to Safety Integrity Level 3 (SIL 3) and is compliant with IEC 61511/ISA 84.00.01. It uses ready-to-install, TUV-certified hardware and validated application software.

Rockwell Automation will demonstrate the new OptiSIS solution at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Booth 11813, taking place May 4 to 7 in Houston.

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Exida releases new LOPAxTM Layer of Protection Analysis Software

exidaexida, a global supplier of functional safety products, services and certifications has released LOPAxTM, a Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA) software that supports process safety management activities.

LOPAx features different worksheets for various risk receptors and can easily account for different levels of Enabling Conditions (EC), Independent Protection Layers (IPL) and Conditional Modifiers (CM) effectiveness as they apply to different initiating events for the same hazard.

“LOPAx uses a worksheet approach with the ability to simultaneously address multiple initiating events for the same hazard scenario,” says Iwan van Beurden, exida’s director of product development.

“When LOPAx is used in combination with the Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) tool PHAx™, there is a seamless exchange of data between the HAZOP and LOPA worksheets. This drastically improves the efficiency and accuracy of safety practitioner activities, ensures completeness of shared critical information and provides certainty of complete data transition. The combination of PHAx and LOPAx enables the safety practitioner to meet the standards’ requirements for traceability and auditability. “

“The innovative integration aspects of the proven Process Hazard Analysis software and the new Layer of Protection Analysis software are keys for efficient Safety Lifecycle Management,” says Joe Scalia, ARC Advisory Group. “Hooray for users to only have to enter their data once!”

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Exida Certifies Riken Keiki Sd-1ri Infrared Gas Detector For Functional Safety

exida, the global leader in functional safety certification for the process industries, has certified the Riken Keiki SD-1RI Infrared Gas Detector for functional safety, ensuring that it meets the functional safety requirements for Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 3 capability per IEC 61508: 2010.

“We are pleased that Riken Keiki has chosen exida as its Certification Body (CB),” says Karou Sonoda, principal engineer, exida-Japan LLC.

“exida’s extensive Gas Detector certification experience gives us the technical depth to really understand the product.”

“exida has done more fire and gas sensors than any other certification body,” says Riken Keiki. “Its extensive technical experience, Japanese language support and project management were very beneficial and made the entire project go very smoothly.”

CFSE announces new ICS Cybersecurity Personnel Certification Specialty

CFSE Cybersecurity.jpgThe Certified Functional Safety Expert (CFSE) Program has introduced new ICS cybersecurity personnel certification specialties: The Certified Automation Cybersecurity Expert (CACE) and Certified Automation Cybersecurity Specialist (CACS). These have been developed in response to the growing demand to secure industrial automation control systems (IACS) and SCADA systems by providing a means for people to develop and demonstrate competence by understanding and applying security standards such as IEC 62443/ISA-99, as well as best practices.

“As the use of Ethernet technologies and the complexity of Industrial Control networks increases dramatically, industrial specific knowledge and experience will also become increasingly more important,” says Eric Persson, exida senior cybersecurity engineer. “Earning a CACE/CACS certification specialty is a major step towards affirming your competence and knowledge working within these environments.”

“These specialties focus on the practical application of security practices and principles, therefore attaining these certifications confirm your commitment to industrial network cybersecurity,” says Joe Zullo, Chirico Scientific president. “It is a certification like CACE/CACS that can ultimately make you a more valuable employee and open the door for career advancement.”

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ABB Canada receives TÜV certification for safety system design, engineering

ABB has announced that its operations in Canada have been certified by TÜV SÜD as having in place and applying a Functional Safety Management System (FSMS) for the design and engineering of safety instrumented system (SIS) projects in accordance with industry good practice safety standards. These standards include IEC 61508 and IEC 61511 for the integration and implementation of safety instrumented systems.

TÜV SÜD is one of the world’s leading accredited specialists in the assessment and certification of organizations and products to international safety standards, with the mission to protect people, the environment and property against technology-related risks.

The TÜV FSMS certification, the first awarded to a center based in Canada, recognizes that ABB’s functional safety management system complies with international safety standards and good practices for its SIL 3 capable products, engineering and project teams, and delivery processes. It meets all relevant sections of the IEC 61508 and IEC 61511 safety standards for integration and implementation of SIS, including system configuration, application programming, testing, verification, validation and management for process industries safety applications.

“This certification underscores ABB’s dedication to excellence in providing our customers with safety solutions, products and services that they need to implement to protect their most critical assets: their people, the environment, the surrounding community, and the process,” said Marcus Toffolo, Vice President Chemical, Oil & Gas from ABB’s Safety Execution Center in Canada. “The need for local reliable engineering resources and quality safety automation solutions has grown exponentially over the past few years. The depth and scope of our regulatory, technical and project execution knowledge here in Canada, as well as in other parts of the world, provides our customers with the trusted expertise they need to meet or exceed industry requirements and achieve their process safety goals.”