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The Seal of Safety: Understanding SILs

If your operation involves the use of safety-critical systems, you will have come across the term “safety integrity levels,” or SILs. But what exactly are they? Why do they exist? And how do they support functional safety? This article answers some FAQs and helps you to understand what SILs mean for your organization.

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The Disruption Myth: Digital Trends in the Process Industry

The Internet of Things (IoT) is part of everyday life and artificial intelligence (AI) is on the rise. But is the digital transformation of the process industry equally disruptive? Learn more out what developments you should be aware of.

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Safety Systems on Chip – for the Industry of Tomorrow

At the Audi factory in Neckarsulm, Southern Germany, autonomous vehicles dart around the shop floor. They take care of transporting materials all by themselves and support employees wherever they can. This is only possible thanks to chip-based systems that ensure maximum safety. Where established safety controllers were previously too large, the miniature technology finds its place – in sensors, actuators, and medical devices, for example.

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The Key Factor: Secure Communication in the Rail Industry

As rail transport becomes digitally networked, new issues of security arise – especially regarding data transfer. Communication standards that were previously considered secure will soon be outdated. So, what can be done?

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Video: What Are the Benefits of COTS Controllers?

System integrators and OEMs are getting on board with the global megatrend of commercial off-the-self (COTS) technology. What are the benefits of COTS controllers in the digital age? We asked top decision makers from the rail industry at the HIMA Smart Rail Summit.

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Stricter Requirements: Safety Expertise in the Digital Age

Plants have become much more complex in the past few years, as have legal requirements. How does this affect operators and safety engineers? Are their qualifications still enough? Here we take a look at the situation and offer advice.