Safety: Make Software Part of the Solution

The environment for and machine manufacturers is undergoing a revolution. Where functionality once drove innovation, cost-efficiency, and time-to-market, and are now the overriding requirements.

The cost and complexity of continue to spiral upward. The list of , standards, and government mandates is growing, and the result is more pressure on already tight schedules and budgets, constant training and retraining of engineers, and less time to add new functionality to equipment and devices.

Today's technologies can reverse the cycle of increasing cost and complexity for safety compliance.

This paper describes three steps manufacturers of control and process automation systems can take to leverage the power of new embedded software solutions to reduce costs, remain compliant with safety requirements, and gain a new source of competitive advantage.