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Risknowlogy Conducts Functional Safety for Mechanical Devices Workshop at Castell

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Zug, Switzerland – – 8 January 2009 – – Risknowlogy®, a leading provider of risk, reliability, safety and certification solutions, announced today that they will conduct a functional safety for mechanical devices workshop at Castell, in London, United Kingdom.


The functional safety workshop for mechanical devices is a unique workshop that is only offered by Risknowlogy. The workshop focuses on mechanical devices and how they can comply with the IEC 61508 standard. This standard focuses its most important requirements on safety systems that are based on electrical, electronic and programmable electronic devices.

“It is a myth in industry that IEC 61508 does not apply to mechanical devices.” says Dr. Michel Houtermans, Managing Director Risknowlogy, Switzerland. “It is true that the main requirements of IEC 61508 relate to electrical, electronic and programmable electronic systems but that does not mean that the general requirements of IEC 61508 do not apply to mechanical devices. IEC 61508 applies to safety loops, of any technology. If a mechanical device is part of the safety loop than also this device needs to comply with the requirements of IEC 61508. The only difference is, that there are no specific technical requirements for mechanical devices. But that does not mean that these devices do not need to be developed with a lifecycle in mind, applying management of functional safety, or that we need to perform an FMEA and retrieve failure rate data. There is plenty of requirements that apply also to mechanical devices”

The two-day workshop consists of one day theoretical training that explains the theory of IEC 61508. During the first day all employees of the company are welcome, from department managers to development, test, and quality engineers, to marketing and sales professionals. The 2nd day is for the engineering department and focuses on the practical work that the engineers need to do to comply with standard. During the workshop a typical product of the client is used as practical case to develop the safety plan, verification plan and the safety requirements specification. At the end of the workshop the client has a good overview of what the standard is all about and has an excellent start with one of their own products to get compliant with the standard.

For more information the works shop visit: www.risknowlogy.com/services/training/

About Castell

Castell Safety International was founded in 1922 by James Harry Castell who invented the trapped key interlock. Castell is a world brand in industrial safety and they a range of products, service, quality and the ability to customise products to required customer specifications.

About Risknowlogy

Risknowlogy is a leading provider of technical risk management solutions including knowledge, services, and products in the functional safety industry. Risknowlogy’s key focus is on the clients in need of risk, reliability, security and safety engineering solutions.