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Moore Industries-Europe Gives Lectures on Firmware for Safety Applications

Rob LectureRob Stockham of Moore Industries-Europe delivered lectures earlier this month on the topic of “Producing High-Reliability Software for Instruments Used in Safety Applications.” The lectures covered the specifications, design, production and testing of firmware suitable for use in applications up to SIL 3 as defined by BS IEC 61508 Part 3.

The first lecture was to students at Liverpool John Moore’s University in the morning. This was followed up with an evening talk to the Central North-West Local Section of the Institute of Measurement & Control. A total of 39 people attended the two lectures.

“Thanks to Rob Stockham for presenting these lectures,” said Tom S. Nobles, Central North-West Programme Secretary for the Institute of Measurement & Control. “It’s particularly kind of him to lecture to the students. These young people represent potential future customers as well as people who need to interface with the industry and the measurement and control community in general. The attendance in the evening was also great, showing the interest and possible concern that users have about this subject.”

Rob said that he received positive interactions and feedback on the topic, although it was clear that more education is still needed on the topic. He was pleased that the EMPHASIS assessment tool and nuclear qualification of smart instruments were mentioned several times by lecture attendees.

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