exida.com LLC, a Sellersville, Pa.-based process safety consulting and certification firm, says it has completed the purchase of Asset Integrity Management (AIM), of Aberdeen, Scotland, U.K.
“AIM and exida have been working under a mutually beneficial licensing agreement for quite some time. During that time, we have demonstrated to our clients and ourselves how much the strengths of AIM’s SILSuite complement the strengths of exida’s exSILentia product offering,” says William Goble, Ph.D., exida’s principal partner. “However, we each came to the realization that in order to deliver end-users a more tightly integrated software solution, one that is designed to encompass the [International Electrotechnical Commission’s] IEC 61508 and IEC 61511 safety standards lifecycle model, we needed to become one company.”
exida is fully committed to supporting existing AIM and exida products while it aggressively engages in taking the best of both and integrating them into a robust, tightly integrated software suite that is specifically designed to assist users at all phases of the safety system lifecycle model, according to Goble. Looking beyond the integration of SILSuite and exSILentia, “we have already begun formulating plans for additional modules,” Goble adds. “Our goal is to produce a software suite that ensures accuracy and promotes consistency while lessening the user’s burden of conforming to IEC standards.”
One end-user who likes the idea is Chevron’s Dennis Zetterberg. “We have worked with both SILSuite and exSILentia and agree that a software solution that combines the strengths of both of these would help us reduce costs by streamlining the various phases of the safety lifecycle as well as achieve consistency in our Safety Instrumented System design, implementation, operation, testing and maintenance throughout our global facilities,” Zetterberg says.
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