These machinery safety standards are crucial for those designing new machinery or modifying existing machinery.
ISO 13849-1 (Safety of machinery, Safety related parts of control systems, General principles for design) will very soon replace BS EN 954-1 (Safety of machinery, Safety related parts of control systems, General principles for design), which is one of the mainstays of machinery safety-related control system design. While the titles may be similar, the approaches are very different, with the new standard calling for more rigorous, quantitative, risk-based assessments than is necessary for compliance with the requirements of BS EN 954-1.
An emphasis on functional safety is also apparent in BS EN 62061. This standard (previously available as IEC 62061) was harmonised to the Machinery Directive in January 2006, which implies a subtle but important shift in its status. BS EN 62061 (Safety of machinery, functional safety of safety-related electrical, electronic and programmable electronic control systems) is a machinery-specific daughter standard to BS EN 61508 (Functional safety of electrical/electronic/programmable electronic safety-related control systems).
Pilz has therefore developed a one-day training course that covers both ISO 13849-1 and BS EN 62061. It is suitable for designers, engineering managers and others involved in the design, specification or selection of safety-related control systems for machinery, whether they are working on new projects or modifications to existing machinery.
One of the most important concepts is that of a Safety Integrity Level (SIL), so this is covered in depth during the course, with worked examples to show how component reliability data is used to calculate the SIL.
This course is believed to be unique in its coverage of these two important machinery safety standards. It has been developed by Pilz Automation technology, a recognised City & Guilds Training centre, to extremely high standards. Courses can either be run at the Pilz training facilities in Corby, Northamptonshire, or at customers' premises.