ARTiSAN Drives Siemens' Safety Critical Embedded Software Development

11/30/2005 - ARTiSAN Software Tools, a global leader for UML 2 and SysML-based real-time systems and software modelling tools, has announced that Siemens Automation and Drives (A&D) has selected ARTiSAN Studio for the development of safety critical embedded software needed to control its innovative products, systems and factory-wide complete solutions.

"We were drawn to ARTiSAN Studio by its support of UML 2.0 and its reputation in safety critical markets," said Peter Weichhold, a senior software engineer at Siemens Automation and Drives (A&D). "All of our product development follows IEC61508, the European standard for safety-critical systems. Maintaining Safety Integrity Level 3 is crucial to us. In our current project, for example, it is essential to integrate several safety-critical bus systems like the AS Interface Safety At Work and PROFIsafe with a PLC based on SIMATIC S7 using the SIMATIC IDE and Siemens Safety Integrated. Using ARTiSAN Studio, we are able to meet and exceed our safety-critical requirements."

Siemens Automation and Drives (A&D) were particularly impressed by the adaptability of the document generation features in ARTiSAN Studio which supports the product certification process by automatically generating the right documents from the UML models. "This enhances the communication between the developers and the TÜV certification offices a lot," continued Peter Weichhold. "Since our current development project has teams on multiple sites, the ability to share and exchange modelling information in ARTiSAN Studio helps the teams to co-operate in a very efficient way."

Commenting on Siemens Automation and Drives (A&D) decision to select ARTiSAN Studio, Christiane Kapteina, ARTiSAN’s Sales Manager for Germany, Austria and Switzerland said: "With technologies in the automation world becoming increasingly enmeshed, solutions need to make lasting improvements to productivity and economic viability. ARTiSAN Studio was particularly chosen for its ability to help Siemens Automation and Drives (A&D) seamlessly and easily meet the safety critical parameters mandated for its solutions as well as efficiently support its collaborative development strategy for embedded software development which ARTiSAN Studio’s true multi-user repository facilitates extremely well."

About ARTiSAN Software Tools
ARTiSAN Software Tools is the leading supplier of collaborative modelling tools for requirements analysis, specification, design and development of complex applications. The company provides standards-based, multi-user tool support from architectural frameworks through systems design to software implementation. ARTiSAN offers products, services and a process for systems and software modelling to accelerate the development of next-generation real-time systems while ensuring that they always meet requirements. ARTiSAN enables engineering teams to visualise, design and validate systems before building them, and simplifies implementation with code generation and software reuse. Winner of the 2005 SD Times 100 award in the Modeling category for bringing UML and SysML to real-time embedded systems, ARTiSAN offers the most advanced tools for complex applications development. Founded in March 1997, ARTiSAN is privately held with headquarters in Cheltenham, United Kingdom. The company has regional sales offices and distributors throughout the world. For more information, call +44 (0)1242 229300 internationally, or 1(888)511-7975 from the US.

About Siemens Automation and Drives
The Siemens Automation and Drives Group (A&D), Nuremberg, Germany, is the leading manufacturer in this field worldwide. Products supplied by A&D include standard products for the manufacturing and process industries and for the electrical installation industry as well as system solutions, for example for machine tools, and solutions for whole industries such as the automation of entire automobile factories or chemical plants. Supplementing this range of products and services, A&D also offers software for linking production and management (horizontal and vertical IT integration) and for optimizing production processes. A&D employs 51,800 people worldwide and in fiscal year 2004 (to September 30) earned a group profit of €1,007 billion on sales of €8.8 billion and orders of €8.98 billion.

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