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Reliability of safety critical equipment

Industry and society are growing increasingly vulnerable. Failure in technical systems can cause serious problems to companies, or lead to disruptions to critical societal functions. Prevention of failure can thus have significant benefits for industry and society.

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SINTEF have a long-lasting history of developing theory, methods and tools for design, validation, operation and evaluation of computer-based control and safety systems in the process industry. Main projects have been the so-called PDS projects on the reliability of instrumented safety-systems. Key deliverables from these projects have been the PDS method and the PDS data handbook. The PDS projects have also led to the establishing of PDS forum. This is a network hosted by SINTEF, aiming at the exchange of experience between Norwegian vendors, consultancy firms and users of control and safety systems.

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