Based on last times feedback, we already had the topic of the year “Human behavior” and most of the topics presented during the conference was suggestions from previously participants.
Conference day 1 started with a welcome speak by Mikael Lund from DotBlue (former Global Functional Safety), who gave a short presentation of the conference content. The first three sessions were common sessions, which provided the participants from both process and machinery with some interesting facts.
Among the common speakers were ProSalus and DONG Energy. Both speakers were to introduce the participants to the area and limitations of functional safety, which the participants found enlightening.
The third common speak was provided by PwC regarding cyber security, it was one of the most “hot topics” on the conference and it was in perfect line with the human factor theme. There is no doubt about, that cyber security will have increased focus in all companies during the next year- the threat is increasing fast.
Secondly, the participants were divided into two separate tracks, each to cover the second step in the lifecycles “design and implementation”. Following the process track, ABB Denmark hosted as the first speaker and gave a theoretical explanation of requirements in the design phase and the different specifications. Afterwards AUMA from Germany, provided an excellent speak about design for robustness.
In the machinery session, RPC Superfos joined in the “last hour” with a speaker about Safety Requirement Specifications. RPC makes plastic product designs and is an engineering company for packaging markets. It was interesting the hear some of the obstacles the end users have regarding functional safety.
Following the Machine sessions, Schmersal was the second speaker of the day, and shared their individual experience with a speak about practical approach to EN ISO 14119.
After a short break with time for exhibition, the sessions continued with Force Technology with their key element “human factor” wrapped in the topic – safety by design. Force Technology provided the last common session of day 1.
Afterwards the participants were introduced to 5 different workshops:
- Workshop group 1 was provided by AUMA. It was the one with the most participants. The workshop addresses the common issues with assessment of mechanical components for the process industry.
- Workshop group 2 was provided by LEGO and covered the same topic “assessment of mechanical components” for the machinery industry.
- Workshop group 3 was provided by Force Technology (Human behavior) and had a very practical approach with profiling which was of great interest for all the participants.
- Workshop group 4 was provided by Siemens, it was the second largest workshop of the day with the topic “Design and Risk Assessment on machinery” They did also have a very practical approach, pointing out the critical areas on machines.
- Workshop group 5 was specifically targeted management. It was provided by Danfoss Drives dealing with the fact; why and why not is functional safety good for business.
After a long day with interesting and different presentations, most of the speakers, participants and exhibitors meet at the evening event, which included three courses dinner and delicious wine.