Dr. -Ing. Frank Reichenbach, "Trends and Challenges of Safety Critical Systems in Automation Industry”
Dr.-Ing. Frank Reichenbach joined ABB Corporate Research in 2008, where he currently is the leader of the Functional Safety group.
Dr. Reichenbach received his diploma degree in information technologies from the University of Rostock in 2004. His academic research focused on localization of sensor nodes in high dynamic and large scale sensor networks between 2004 and 2008. He could receive his doctoral degree in distributed computer algorithms in 2008 from the University of Rostock. After his time as a PhD student, he joined ABB Corporate Research in Norway and is been working as a Principal Scientist on safety critical systems including hazard/risk analysis, safe communication, requirements elicitation and tracing, and multicore. He has been project leader of various industrial R&D projects and is been involved in product developments for the factory and process automation market with safety requirements. Since 2004 Dr. Reichenbach has authored various book chapters and published more than 40 papers on international conferences and workshops.
The demand for safety in industrial areas where processes or operations can be hazardous for humans or environment grows constantly with a rate of 12 % per year (according to a 2009 ARC study). According to a recently published analysis from Frost & Sullivan the safety market earned revenues of 459.3 million US dollar in the year 2010. Safety standards shall "force" manufacturers to use what is unofficially agreed on to be a "best practice" in industry. Vendors for safety systems like ABB have been reacting on this trend and provide a wide portfolio of safety certified products reaching from safe temperature and pressure sensors over safe IO units up to safe IO controllers like the 800xA system.
Although developing functional safety raises the development costs, it can also save overall costs within the whole lifecycle of a product. The productivity can be increased by preventing accidents and ensuring health and safety of personnel. However many companies that started dealing with safety developments or safety engineering experienced lots of issues when trying to tackle the mass of requirements demanded by accredited safety standards. It requires a descent understanding of safety theory and product specifics, established development processes as well as extra costs for certification to succeed on the safety market.
This talk will give an overview about safety critical applications in industry and the standards that have been emerged. It will show challenges and opportunities related to functional safety and give an outlook about technologies and trends that seem to become significant in the near future.