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Why tackling PSM silos is vital to sustaining safe performance 14 August 2017

An ABB research project has found the silo factor is the main cause of the uncoordinated and disjointed approach to Process Safety Management (PSM) in high hazard industries. In this paper, Conrad Ellison and Graeme Ellis of ABB present the common PSM weaknesses that have been identified, discuss their underlying causes and present some ideas on how to eradicate the factors that can lead to silo thinking. ...

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What is a Functional Safety Assessment? 16 August 2016

Do you require an independent Functional Safety Assessment to ensure your Safety Instrumented System (SIS) achieves the required functional safety? To ensure that your Safety Instrumented System (SIS) continues to achieve the required level of functional safety throughout its lifetime, it is vitally important to carry out periodic assessments to check that it is continuing to perform in line with regulatory requirements. ...

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Is your organisation in need of a Functional Safety Management System compliant with the requirements of the IEC safety standards? 05 August 2016

The demands of the safety critical systems market are becoming ever more exacting. In proving that the required levels of functional safety have been achieved, companies are increasingly being expected to demonstrate best practice based on international industry good practice standards. ...

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What is a safety requirement specification (SRS)? 12 July 2016

Is your safety requirement specification (SRS) concise, consistent and compliant with the functional safety standards? The SRS brings together all the information necessary to make sure that any safety instrumented system (SIS) provides the right level of performance and risk reduction without being overly complex or expensive. ...

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ABB opens hi-tech learning facility for industry, launches safety systems software 19 May 2016

A multi-functional collaboration and learning facility has been opened by ABB at its UK oil, gas and chemicals projects centre in St. Neots, Cambridgeshire. The facility is designed to help face the challenges affecting the oil and gas sector, from safety and production efficiency to cost reduction and ageing assets. It targets an audience including engineers, operations staff, managers, graduates, apprentices and students. ...

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Advanced PLC addresses emerging challenges in machinery control 03 February 2015

ABB is extending the capability of one of the most popular PLCs in the world - the AC500 - with a very high performance version. The brand new AC500 PM595 features a multi-processor system with the performance to handle the most demanding machinery and motion automation control and communication tasks....

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ABB and ESC launch new ‘Failure Mode & Effects Analysis’ e-learning to help industry achieve compliance with IEC standards 24 October 2014

ABB’s Safety Lead Competency Centre (SLCC) and Engineering Safety Consultants (ESC) are pleased to announce the launch of an e-learning technical training course entitled "Failure Mode & Effects Analysis (FMEA) incorporating FMECA and FMEDA in the context of IEC 61508’’....

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ABB to showcase new technologies at EIC Connect Oil and Gas 2012 14 October 2012

Managing cyber security threats and the latest developments in functional safety practices are among the many hot topics that can be discussed with ABB engineers on stand A54 at the EIC Connect Oil and Gas exhibition, 27-28th November 2012, Manchester Central Convention Complex, Petersfield. ...

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ABB Introduces New Arc Guard System 13 February 2012

ABB's low-voltage products division has released TVOC-2, a new version of its proprietary Arc Guard System, which is designed to protect electrical equipment in solar facilities and other applications from dangerous electrical arc flashes....

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The art of assessing functional safety through the supply chain 01 November 2011

Functional safety cannot be achieved through a “tick-box” exercise. Got the right kit? Good for you, but that may not translate into functional safety. Used a reputable company to design and install your safety-critical systems? You’re on the right track, but there’s still no guarantee. Got your most competent people checking that everyone’s following your agreed practices and procedures? You know where this is going…...

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