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Understanding the Safety of Collaborative Robots

Posted by TUV Rheinland on Nov 7, 2017 11:17:15 AM

Whenever it is feasible to utilize robots in the factory, manufacturers will often find that option irresistible. It is universally agreed that robotics technology has enabled significant productivity boost in manufacturing, especially in a large, monotonous, and autonomous assembly line (e.g. automotive plant).

What is interesting: if you ask the same manufacturers to use the same robots side-by-side with their personnel, suddenly everybody turns skeptical and asking if they are exposing their personnel to hazards. That is normal, because while everybody wants spend less effort at work, which robots could easily provide, nobody wants to get hurt.

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Topics: cobot, robot, robotics, Functional Safety, cybersecurity

In Process Industry, Cyber Security is inseparable from Functional Safety

Posted by TUV Rheinland on Jul 4, 2017 8:30:00 AM

The stakes are high in process industry: everything moves fast, in large quantity, and exposed to a wide range of hazards. Cyber Security is now added into the industrial operations risks too, but it has been tough to address it given limited guidance and industry-wide standard.

If you are starting to include Cyber Security in your operations, you check this fundamental guideline for industrial practitioners to help you get off the ground. Once you have a good grip about the subject, and ready to integrate it with Functional Safety, there is a good news for you: The IEC 61511, as presented by Mr. Manuel Diez in a conference recently.

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Topics: cybersecurity, Functional Safety, Industrial

The Trinity of Industrial Cyber Security

Posted by TUV Rheinland on Jun 13, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Cyber Security may not be a new term for the general public, but it is definitely a new world altogether in the industrial sector. It has never been an issue for traditional factories or plants before, since the machines and production lines are disconnected from the internet. However, the concept of traditional manufacturing is gradually getting obsolete, and you need to change your perspective in the way you run your plants.

As we are evolving into Industry 4.0., we are entering an uncharted territory where suddenly all the Industrial Control Systems (ICS) are connected to each other and to other systems across the worldwide web as well. A lot of efforts have been placed into the technology aspect to bring industrial automation to a whole new level, but most operators have only put minimum attention in the topic of industrial cyber security.

Venturing into an unknown territory of industrial cyber security can be an overwhelming experience. To illustrate it simply: it is a big word in an obscure world. More often than not, operators do not even know where to start.

If this is what you are facing, fear not, these three pointers from Mr. Heinz Gall, TÜV Rheinland expert in Functional Safety and Cyber Security, will provide you a structured approach and you will be on the high ground in connecting Functional Safety with Cyber Security.

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Topics: cybersecurity, Functional Safety

Mind your “I”s and “O”s in Industrial Cyber Security

Posted by TUV Rheinland on Jun 5, 2017 4:49:23 PM

 This is a review of the Panel Discussion session in Asia ICS Cyber Security in Singapore: ‘The “I”s and “O”s’, a reference to the ‘I/O devices’ in Industrial Control System (ICS), as well as the Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT). This session discusses the needed IT and OT skillsets within the company: the differences, overlaps, and the importance of top management involvement in cyber security.

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Topics: cybersecurity, Functional Safety