VIDEO: Break through the limits of your monitor with the Worldview in zenon


Have you already come across the Worldview display in zenon? In this video you will see how the zenon Worldview can change the view of your production plant. You can have an eye on your entire production on just one screen. Zoom and decluttering help you keep an overview. Here you can tailor the displayed […]


IEC 61508: SIL Certification for COPA-DATA

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The most important objective in relation to our intended SIL certification was to amend the structures, processes and requirements that had existed for years at COPA-DATA to the requirements of IEC 61508. The requirements should be implemented in such a way that they can be integrated into our daily working life. In doing so, it […]

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IEC 61508 and the Safety Integrity Level: Relevance for software and component manufacturers


In the previous blog posts we already described the IEC 61508 safety standard and the so called “Safety Integrity Level”: The Safety Integrity Level (SIL) is a system to evaluate the reliability and safety of electric, electronic and programmable electronic systems (E/E/PE systems). It is based on the IEC 61508 standard. COPA-DATA is SIL 2 […]

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How zenon safeguards your mission critical application: The Safety Integrity Level

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Last time we discussed the necessity of safety and reliability concepts for specific processes. The IEC61508 safety standard uses the so called “Safety Integrity Level” to create a guide for all activities along the lifecycle of a mission critical system. The “Safety Integrity Level” An initial evaluation step is necessary to analyze the possible hazards […]

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How to safeguard your mission critical application, a focus on IEC 61508


Today, many routines and products from our daily lives are based on technology driven processes. Each process demands for control solutions to meet the specific process requirements in the first order. But regardless of the pure fulfillment of these functional requirements there is very often potential for hazards which may arise from the process in […]

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The Pharma Challenges – Focus on Improvements


zenon’s ergonomic automation solutions are about bringing systems together to provide transparency across your facility, with a user-centric interface to the processes around them. This platform provides knowledge of the processes throughout the facility, at all management and operation levels, even direct at the machine level live KPI’s, such as OEE, can be presented for […]

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The Pharma Challenges – The demands and difficulties in pharmaceutical automation


Challenge: About 15 years ago, the emphasis in pharma production was all on validation. Because of that, automation engineers in pharma were really good at paperwork and change procedures. In a lot of cases they never learned how to be true engineers to make their processes run better and find improvement opportunities. In the past, […]

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The Pharma Challenges – Investment value and pharmaceutical automation demands

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Challenge: Automation in the pharmaceutical industry has more requirements than other manufacturing. Especially requirements concerning safety, quality, and regulatory compliance increase production costs. Indeed, the pharmaceutical industry requires that many key elements come together in each automation action, with strict quality and compliance measures adhered to. Quality isn’t finally designed in to a solution, it […]

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The Pharma Challenges – Level of Automation and Automation Value


Automation has a very good opinion in the eyes of the Operations Manager in the Pharmaceutical Industry. They believe automation contributes positively to achieving key performance goals such as improving safety, improving quality, improving regulatory compliance, and improving production capacity. This is the motivation to use new technology. Then comes the challenge and reality to […]

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Paving the Way for more energy efficiency – Energy Management Systems

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Among the different technologies, we will now concentrate on “Energy Management Systems”. According to the Energy Efficiency Report (see my previous blog entry), these solutions enable the efficiency of industrial plants to be maximized by monitoring their consumption, production and utilization. These systems comprise specific equipment for the measurement of energy consumption or for interface […]