In the world of machines and controls, machine safety is an increasingly important issue. Many industrial accidents with machines or equipment could be prevented. That is why it is important to think about the possible risks and the associated safety level at an early stage. In this way, safety requirements can be determined at an early stage and specific hazards can already be taken into account in the schematic design.
We have been advising our customers on machine safety for many years with knowledge of European Directives. For example, we have extensive experience in developing controls according to the standards for industrial safety control EN_ISO 13849 – with its Performance Level (PL) – and EN_IEC 62061 – with its Safety Integrity Level (SIL). These standards describe methodologies for failure probability calculations and risk analyses, which we take into account when designing a machine or industrial plant.
Standard EN_IEC 62061(SIL) imposes requirements on the system behaviour of the security, the reliability of the electronic components and the design of the software. This standard makes it possible to assign a number to each safety function in the machine control system, the Safety Integrity Level. When, after a risk analysis, we have determined the desired safety level together with you, we naturally select the components that can guarantee the desired safety level.
In addition, EMC problems often cause malfunctions in control systems. These problems are often difficult to identify and are often given too little attention. The consequences vary from small-scale strikes to fatal industrial accidents. Thanks to our specialist electronics knowledge, we can exclude EMC problems. We only combine the right components and we have a test cellar where we regularly perform EMC pre-compliance tests.
We have been developing together with our client (co-development) for years. For us it is obvious that we think along about the entire business case. We are enthusiastic about developments in the field of electronics for our customers. This allows us to relieve you of your worries and to use our knowledge and experience to bring your control system to a higher and safer level.
Produce and deliver
In addition to developing a custom-made controller for your machine or device, we can also facilitate production. We have a fully equipped production environment. This ensures that we can work efficiently with a high level of reliability. We are also very flexible because we can coordinate both the development and production process.
Curious about the possibilities?
Some examples of controllers we have developed…
Heavy lifting controllers
Our customer Enerpac, internationally active and specialist in heavy lifting applications, has been using Brunelco embedded controllers for the control of hydraulic cylinders for almost 20 years.
For Teupen, we developed a controller aerial work platforms. The control unit operates with the utmost reliability as there is a serious risk of injury if components do not function properly.
Proxo wireless remote
We have also developed our own control system under the name ‘Proxo’. This universal remote control is designed for industrial environments where reliable connections are necessary.
Here is a lifelike example of a project in which a control system developed partly by Brunelco is applied in practice. The installation of the New Safe Confinement (NSC) over reactor 4 in Chernobyl. Safety and simultaneity were very important aspects in the development of this controller.