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exida announces a new functional safety course: IEC 61508 – An Introduction to Functional Safety


  June 14, 2010

This new course is a web optimized version of the proven IEC 61508 training course that provides:

  • A review of major changes in the NEW 2010 version of IEC 61508.
  • An understanding of requirements to develop products that meet IEC 61508 and other functional safety standards.
  • An introduction to probabilistic failure analysis as is used to verify functional safety in designs.
  • An overview of the IEC 61508 standard and it’s requirements.

The course will be presented by a team of experts including:

Dr. William M. Goble – Co-founder of exida and active functional safety practitioner for over 25 years.

Michael D. Medoff – Senior Certification Assessor, exida Certification. Over 15 years experience in software development, cyber-security and functional safety.

John C. Grebe – Principle Engineer and Partner, exida. Over 25 years experience in electronic design, cyber-security and FMEDA analysis.

Iwan van Beurden - Senior Engineer, exida. Over 15 years experience in functional safety and 61508 certification.

This course is useful to:

  • Product managers who wish to get a better understanding of IEC 61508 and Functional Safety concepts.
  • Mechanical and electrical product development engineers who may have a requirement to develop products that meet IEC 61508.
  • Engineering Managers who should have an understanding of the requirements of product development under IEC 61508.
  • Software engineers who must write software that meets the requirements of IEC 61508.
  • Anyone who wants to understand the product and product development requirements to help ensure functional safety.

This new web training course runs for five days, three hours per day. Two sessions of the same material are presented each day (8 AM EDT and 1 PM EDT) in order to accommodate variable schedules and multiple time zones. All sessions are recorded and available for viewing for up to 30 days after the course for those who must miss a session or for those who wish to re-visit a specific topic.

Day 1:

Course Introduction
IEC 61508
Background / Definitions
Fundamental Concepts

Day 2:

Safety Systems / Safety Functions
The Safety Lifecycle for Bespoke (Turn-key) Systems
Example designs and design verification

Day 3:

IEC 61508 Product Certification
Basic Reliability Engineering Concepts and Definitions
System Reliability Engineering

Day 4:

Automatic Diagnostics
FMEDA Techniques
Component Failure Rate / Failure Mode Database
The Safety Lifecycle for Product Development

Day 5:

Software Language issues
Software HAZOP for design verification
Functional Safety Management requirements / techniques
Documentation requirements
Course Wrap-up
Getting more information

Price: US$995 per student including a course binder with note sets and white papers.