The openSAFETY protocol stack is immediately available in version 1.5 as open-source software for download from the SourceForge repository. Just like the predecessor version, this new distribution has been precertified by TÜV Rheinland up to SIL 3 in accordance with IEC 61508:2010. Using the openSAFETY stack drastically reduces the time and risk involved in development.
Another feature for reducing costs is the option of running the openSAFETY Configuration Manager (SCM) on non-safe hardware platforms. This makes it possible to forgo a dedicated safety controller. A version control system has also been introduced. The user can determine the version of the openSAFETY stack that should be used to run a component.
Additional support for developers is provided by the new, clearly structured Integration Guide, which goes much further than the previous manual and includes a step-by-step explanation of how to integrate the openSAFETY protocol stack into a safe device. Advanced configuration options have also been introduced. Vendors can now configure openSAFETY components using their own tools.
The new version of openSAFETY has migrated to SourceForge. Version 1.5 can now be downloaded at no cost from sourceforge.net/projects/opensafety. The following companies currently offer openSAFETY system integration: HMS, Hilscher, MESCO, B&R, embeX, Wallner Automation and SYS TEC electronic.