How Do I Program the With the NI-9351 to Ensure that it is SIL 3 Certified?

Updated Aug 24, 2018

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Hardware

  • NI-9351
  • NI-9350

Issue Details

I am interested in using the NI-9351 (Functional Safety Module). I notice in the description of the product, that it is capable of SIL 3 certification according to IEC 61508. What is SIL 3 certification and IEC 61508? How do I program with it to make sure that it is SIL 3 certified? What documentation does NI have for this?

Solution

Definitions:

  • SIL stands for Safety Integrity Level. It is comprised of PFD (Probability of failure on demand) and RRF (Risk Reduction Factor).
  • IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) is a functional safety standard.
  • The table below shows the PFD and RRF requirements for each SIL level as defined in IEC 61508
 

Programming the Module to SIL 3 Certification

The module can be programmed using our Functional Safety Editor. It is for creating a User Program that can run on the NI 9350 and the NI 9351 module. This is a standalone development environment.
 

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