INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION

Ensuring IEC 61508 Compliance

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Embedded software is increasingly used within industrial automation, as processes become more complex and vendors differentiate commodity devices and improve safety. New systems in HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning), security and industrial process control may all have a functional safety element affecting their embedded software. The costs of software failure in the field, brand reputation and even loss of life; together with increasing adoption of international standards are driving industry leaders to improve safety-critical software quality.

 Industrial automation standards

 IEC 61508:2010, Functional Safety of Electrical / Electronic / Programmable Electronic Safety-related Systems, is an international standard widely used in Industrial Automation (and other sectors). The IEC 61508 standard also requires use of coding standards, such as MISRA and CERT.</p? 

To find out more about this, and other standards relevant to industrial automation, please select from the list below.

IEC 61508

Functional Safety of Electrical/ Electronic/ Programmable Electronic Safety-related Systems

MISRA C/C++

Guidelines for the use of the C/C++ languages in critical systems

CERT C/C++

Secure Coding Standard

QA Systems testing tools

QA Systems enables organisations to accelerate safety standards compliance with automated static analysis and software testing tools:

STATIC ANALYSIS

INTEGRATED STATIC ANALYSIS

Automated analysis synchronised with Cantata

CANTATA TEST ARCHITECT

Understand, define and control software architecture

SOURCE CODE METRICS

Automated source code metrics for C/C++

SOFTWARE TESTING

CANTATA

Automated unit and integration testing for C/C++ code

CANTATA TEAM REPORTING

Test status management dashboard add-on

ADATEST 95

Automated unit and integration testing for Ada code

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