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exida certifies Bifold booster valves per IEC 61508

April 26, 2011 - exida certified the design and engineering processes for the Bifold Fluidpower Ltd. VBP, PPV, and HIPEX Booster Valves per IEC 61508.

 "The IEC 61508 standard requires manufacturers meet requirements for both product safety and the process used to design the product,” says exida Senior Engineer Greg Sauk. “Design quality is the clear objective. Bifold has demonstrated that its development processes and product characteristics meet the requirements of the IEC 61508 safety standard.”

“exida is demanding when it comes to certifying mechanical devices,” says Bifold Production Manager Guy Elliot. “exida uses the FMEDA technique to obtain failure data rather than the cycle test method that is not realistic for process safety applications. The exida certification provides our customers with the data needed for Safety Instrumented System (SIS) design, along with additional confidence in our design processes and products.”

About exida:
exida is a system consulting, product test, and assessment agency rich with functional safety & security expertise and experience. exida has performed more process control safety certifications than any other company worldwide. exida's main offices are located in Sellersville, PA, USA and Munich, Germany. exida has worldwide operations with service centers in Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Netherlands, and New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

About Bifold Fliudpower Ltd.
The Bifold Group of Companies are leading manufacturers of the widest range of switching instrument valves and pumps in the oil and gas sectors. Enhanced by a lean and integrated manufacturing policy, alongside a unique business model, has provided peace of mind to contractors, installers and end users for over a century. With its headquarters in Manchester and subsidiary locations in Houston, USA, Singapore and Taunton, UK, the Bifold Group of Companies are supported worldwide with a global network of agents and distributors.

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