exida Recorded Webinars

Final Element Proof Tests

Recording Date: May 2018

Proof test coverage is an important variable in Safety Instrumented System design that can impact risk reduction by an entire SIL level. This is shown in PFDavg calculations. Most engineers who design and verify safety instrumented functions (SIFs) understand how hard it is to design a manual proof test with high effectiveness (also called high proof test coverage).

This webinar will show that the real objective is to detect failures NOT detected by automatic diagnostics explain proof test coverage, why this is an important safety parameter, and will explain how proof test coverage is calculated, showing several examples of proof test procedures along with the test coverage.

This subject is covered more in depth in exida’s latest publication Final Elements in Safety Instrumented Systems, IEC 61511 Compliant Systems and IEC 61508 Compliant Products.

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About the Presenter:

Loren Stewart, CFSE

Loren Stewart Loren Stewart graduated from Virginia Tech with a BSME. She has over 10 years of professional experience. She currently works for exida consulting as a safety engineer, focusing on the mechanical aspects of their customers. Along with assessing the safety of products and creating FMEDAs and reports, she researches stiction and is creating a database for the 2H initiative according to IEC 61508.