6th Safety Control Systems Conference – 18th May 2016 – Melbourne, Australia


The 6th Safety Control Systems Conference was held on the 18th May 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. The event featured ten presentations from industry professionals, all of whom come from various technical backgrounds. These presenters came from a range of companies such as; Schneider Electric, NHP, I & E Systems, TUV Rheinland, Siemens, and more.

The event had a strong focus around the new second edition of the IEC 61511, IEC 61508, AS 4024, and cyber security.

The day commenced with Peter Braun (Schneider Electric) presenting a topic entitled Pitfalls and Features of Integrated Safety and Control. This paper described three basic integration models, including an “interfaced” approach, where separate control and safety systems communicate via a custom software bridge; an “integrated but separate” approach, in which the disparate systems sit on the same network, but share information on isolated networks; and a “common” approach, where control and safety systems share a common operating system. The paper compared the three approaches based on compliance with safety standards and overall effectiveness.

The other presentations for the day were entitled:

  • The need to consider cyber security when designing your safety system (process and machine guarding)
  • Recognise that doing a SIL study and keeping up “proof testing” alone is no longer sufficient to comply with best practice
  • Functional Safety: the next edition of IEC 61511
  • Development of modernisation actions plan to manage and control the ageing of instrumented risk reduction measures in major hazard facilities
  • Linking risk and reliability
  • What’s new with the AS 4024
  • Keeping SIS secure in an integrated, open automation environment
  • Control systems security and safety
  • Preventing “loss of safety function” and “loss of enthusiasm”

IDC Technologies’ would like to make a special mention to Sven Grone (Schneider Electric) and Mirek Generowicz (I & E Systems). Both of these speakers were voted to have the most valuable presentation by the attending delegates.

A big thank you to the sponsors of the event: Schneider Electric, MMI Engineering, Machine Safety by Design, I & E Systems, and media sponsor Industrial Electrix Magazine.

If you would like to be involved in future events please contact IDC Technologies to express your interest. For full details on topics and speakers, or to purchase all the technical Papers and PowerPoints from the conference, please email conferences@idc-online.com

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