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Cycle Testing for Static Applications? NO!

Cycle Testing for Static Applications? NO!

The failure rates of certain mechanical components used in solenoid valves, actuators, and valves vary substantially depending on operation. Seals such as O-rings, for example have fundamentally different failure modes when used in applications with frequent movement (dynamic) versus applications with infrequent movement (static). 

Static is generally…

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Dare to Be Different

Dare to Be Different

FMEDA Predictions
  • by Loren Stewart, CFSP
  • Thursday, September 01, 2016
  • Certification

FMEDA Predictions

The FMEDA technique is performed on a specific device (e.g., ball valve, pressure transmitter, temperature sensor, electronic module, etc.) specified down to the manufacturer and series/model. Based on the specifics of the design, the parts used to execute the design, the design margins, any automatic diagnostics, the…

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How can I improve my SIL?

How can I improve my SIL?

Click here to read the first entry in this blog series (What is SIL compliance?)

Click here to read the second entry in this blog series (How is SIL Used?)

As we now know, a Safety Integrity Level (SIL) can only be given to a…

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How Does Stiction Affect Me?

How is SIL Used?
  • by Loren Stewart, CFSP
  • Tuesday, September 22, 2015
  • Certification

How is SIL Used?

Click here to read the first entry in this blog series 

Once the Safety Integrety Level (SIL) of a product is found, it will be used FOUR ways:

  1. To establish risk reduction requirements
  2. Probabilistic limits for hardware random failure
  3. Architectural constraints 
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SILSafe Data Website

SILSafe Data Website

exida has launched the web site www.silsafedata.com. SILSafe Data is a web site listing a number of product categories used in process control and the expected range of failure rates for process industry applications. The use of realistic and application appropriate failure rate data has a significant…

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Stiction: Fact or Fiction & Start Time Prediction

The exida Scheme

Today I was asked: “What is the exida Scheme?”  If one person had this question, it is likely that others may be interested as well.  Therefore, I decided to take a moment and explain the exida structure.  Any Certification Body operates each product certification per a “scheme,” which references…

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Welcome to the 2H Initiative

exida has been gathering field failure data for over a decade.  At this point we have a total of over 60 billion unit operating hours of field data for process industry devices.  This data has been used to create a 2H database for components.  exida is using this component…

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What is SIL compliance?

What is SIL compliance?

The Safety Integrety Level (SIL) of a product is determined by three things:

  1. The Systematic Capability Rating
  2. The  Architectural Constraints for the element
  3. The PFDavg Calculation for the product

The Systematic Capability Rating

Systematic Capability is established by having your quality management system audited per IEC 61508.…

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What is Stiction?

Many studies and organizations have defined stiction, or static friction, in different ways. A few examples of the various definitions are as follows:

  • According to Entech [1], “stiction is a tendency to stick-slip due to high static friction. The phenomenon causes a limited resolution of the resulting…

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What is Systematic vs. Random Capability?
  • by Loren Stewart, CFSP
  • Tuesday, September 01, 2015
  • Certification

What is Systematic vs. Random Capability?

There seems to be a bunch of confusion surrounding systematic capability and random capability.  I will try to clear up the confusion by explaining what is all considered and what the IEC standard says about both. 

Systematic Capability

  • Development process/quality system requirements depend on certification SIL level, higher…

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