Systems & Design

Functional Safety In Industrial Automation

What functional safety is, why it is necessary, and how to address the challenges in development.


As technology advances and continues to improve, functional safety demands critical consideration across most industrial automation equipment and is now starting to become increasingly important in numerous other applications including service robotics, medical, and building automation in order to prevent adverse effects due to equipment failure in addition to preventing accidents. Set manufacturers are increasingly supporting new functional safety equipment to meet both the demand from the market as well as improve product competitiveness. In this white paper, we will outline what functional safety is, why it is necessary, the structure of an actual system, address the challenges in development, and how Renesas’ functional safety solutions can alleviate those challenges.

by Yasushi Nakagawa, Principal Specialist, IoT Infrastructure Business Headquarters, Renesas Electronics Corporation March 2022

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