China gains its first national functional safety standard for industry
16 February 2016
Following successful standardisation of PROFIBUS and PROFINET in China, PROFIsafe has been elevated to the status of a Chinese national standard.
The importance of functional safety in China has risen enormously in recent years. The use of fieldbus-based functional safety enables the setup of simple safety functions that initiate safe stopping of equipment under hazard conditions in order to protect humans and machines. It also offers intelligent methods for prevention of hazards without having to stop production with a shutoff device.
An example of this would be to reduce the speed of robot motions or self-driving vehicles to an extent that people moving in their vicinity can easily evade them. PROFIsafe provides a very sound technological basis for this and supports these functions within the framework of profiles.
After successful conclusion of all standardisation activities and votes in the national standardisation committee, establishment of a certification lab for PROFIsafe devices, and development and certification of an initial product by an original Chinese company, PI has met all requirements for the status of a national standard and is now listed under designation GB/T 20830-2015.
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