To help customers with the application of IEC61511 (the process industry-specific implementation of IEC61508), Rockwell Automation has published the Process Safebook – a free guide to functional safety for process applications. The guide discusses how to manage safety in electrical, electronic and programmable electronic systems. It also provides guidance for engineers on how to integrate safety into a process system design.

“Understanding the do’s and don’ts of process safety isn’t always easy,” said Keith J. Kirkcaldy, author of the Process Safebook. “This new process-application-specific guide covers functional safety – from concept to decommissioning – and is illustrated with real-life examples that help engineers more quickly navigate and apply the standard.”

This Process Safebook provides insight into many facets of process safety, including:

  • Safety life cycle
  • Risk and risk reduction
  • The ALARP principle
  • Determining SIL targets
  • Risk graphs
  • Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA)
  • Allocation of safety functions 
  • Safety-requirement specification for the SIS 
  • Reliability techniques
  • SIL verification
  • SIF probability of failure
  • Functional safety, assessment and auditing

Click here to download the Rockwell Automation Process Safebook for functional safety. Rockwell Automation also offers additional guidance, products, solutions and services for machine safety. Click here to download the Principles of Machine Safety: Legislation, Theory and Practice.

About Rockwell Automation

Rockwell Automation Inc. (NYSE: ROK), the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Rockwell Automation employs over 22,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.