Safety-related Motor Drives and 2nd Edition of IEC 61800-5-2

Which safety-related functionality of motor drives has to be considered from user's and manufacturer's perspective?

The standard IEC 61800-5-2 regulates the functional safety requirements specifically for motor drives - both from a user's and a manufacturer's perspective. But what exactly do they mean?

Our in-house expert, Dr. Thomas Maier, has shared his insights on functional safety in general and specifically for motor drives with regard to IEC 61800-5-2.

On the one hand, the user‘s perspective addresses the advantages and challenges of the integration of functional-safety capable motor drives into machines and plants. Application examples to explain the business case are provided and the support for regulatory compliance, especially in USA and EU, is presented.

On the other hand, the manufacturer‘s perspective addresses how IEC 61800-5-2 helps the implementation of safety-related functionality in motor drives, including achievement and certification of regulatory compliance. Important changes from the first edition of 2007 to the second edition of 2016 are highlighted.

Presentation 45 min, Q&A 15 min

Key topics that are covered:

  • Functional safety in general
  • Functional safety specifically for motor drives
  • The safety requirements of the standard IEC 61800-5-2
  • Which requirements have to be adressed from user's perspective?
  • Which requirements have to be adressed from manufacturer's perspective?

The webinar includes a Q&A session where attendees received personalised advice from Dr. Maier. Register now to access the webinar-on-demand!

About the speaker

Dr. Thomas Maier

Business Development Manager at TÜV SÜD Rail since July 2016


- 6 years at UL, principal engineer for functional safety
- 8 years with Danfoss Drives, functional safety in motion control
- 3 years at LM Ericsson A/S: software processes and tools, CMMi,  UML and SDL
- 3 years at Daimler-Benz: system safety and functional safety of drive-by-wire systems and in avionics
- 4 years at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission: system & software safety in fusion technology
- International standardisation (ISO 26262, ISO 13849 & IEC 62061, IEC 61800-5-2, IEC 61508 maintenance, UL 1998)
- Dr.-Ing. from University of Stuttgart

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