Thursday, December 9, 2010

Safety and security strengthened by appointment

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Schiller  is to take over the position of Scientific Project Manager in the Safety and Security Division of Beckhoff Automation with effect from 1st March 2011.

Dr Schiller lectures at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, and works in the field of safety and security in automation technology. With his research and developments, Prof. Dr. Schiller has contributed substantially to the modern concepts for safety-related communication and software-based safety logic.

He studied electrical engineering at the Technical University of Dresden, Germany, from 1987 to 1992 and subsequently attained a doctorate in the field of control technology at the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg, Germany. Following his doctorate, he moved to industry and worked on different topics of diagnostics, safety technology and software development. During this period he was heavily involved in the development and certification of the PROFIsafe safety protocol and of the fail-safe control technology. In November 2004 he accepted a professorship for automation technology at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Munich, Germany.

Beckhoff Automation and Prof. Dr. Schiller are looking forward to their future cooperation, which is intended to be a synthesis of science and industrial development. “Safety is an integral component of automation technology and we have already set an extremely efficient standard in this field with TwinSAFE,” says managing director Hans Beckhoff. “Together with Prof. Dr. Schiller we will realise further extremely innovative concepts, which in our view can likewise become technological milestones.”

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