Experts Teach Experts in Functional Safety
From June 25 ? 27, 2008 the German PROFIBUS and PROFINET organization (PNO) held a 3-day PROFIsafe Designer Workshop for safety experts in English language. The event was organized in cooperation with the German TÜV Süd. With 21 participants from Germany, Belgium, China and the Czech Republic the workshop received a very good attendance.
On the first day all aspects of the functional safe communication of PROFIsafe were treated ?theoretically?. Whereas the second day covered all practical aspects as ?How do I implement this protocol in my device? or ?What possibilities/services are offered?. On the third day an expert of TÜV Süd explained the basics of IEC 61508, with which the device may comply with the requirements for functional safety.
At the end of every day each participant had to take a 90 minute written exam. For the successful participation of the workshop and passing all three examinations the participants received a certificate of TÜV, which is internationally recognized.
The response of the workshop was very good and PNO has already received numerous inquiries. Therefore in is intended to repeat the PROFIsafe Designer workshop in October 2008.