IEC approves openSAFETY as worldwide standard

August 8, 2010 – The fieldbus-independent openSAFETY protocol was tested according to IEC 61784-3 FSCP 13 and approved by national IEC (International Electrotechnical Comission) committees representing 27 countries including China, USA and Germany, and is therefore released for international standardization.

Because openSAFETY is bus independent, it can be used with all fieldbus or industrial Ethernet systems. At the HMI 2010 trade show in Hannover (Germany) openSAFETY was presented in applications using some of the most popular industrial Ethernet protocols: SERCOS III, Modbus TCP, EtherNet/IP and POWERLINK. For the first time, users of an industrial Ethernet system other than POWERLINK now also have a complete, certified and open safety solution available to them. openSAFETY has been certified by TÜV Rheinland and TÜV Süd for SIL 3 applications.

"End customers have been requesting a uniform and manufacturer-independent standard for years, and openSAFETY is the response to those requests. It allows increases in productivity that are currently not possible with other safety protocols”, states Stefan Schoenegger, Open Automation Business Unit Manager at B&R Industrial Automation.

B&R company profile

B&R is the world’s largest and most successful private company in the area of automation equipment manufacturing. The motto “Perfection in Automation” has provided the foundation for the company since B&R was founded in 1979. Today, B&R employs 2,100 employees worldwide and has an exceptional global presence with more than 162 sales offices in over 68 countries.

B&R Industrial Automation, Inc. North America, based in Atlanta, GA, has been working closely with their customers since 1987. Since then, B&R North America has continuously grown as a sales and support organization through both direct sales offices and B&R’s unique Automation Partner distribution network. Today, B&R North America has a network of more than 20 offices throughout the USA and Canada and is there for its customers locally.

openSAFETY, the first open and bus-independent safety protocol suitable for all areas of industry.

openSAFETY, the first open and bus-independent safety protocol suitable for all areas of industry.