CLEARSY develops a range of railway relays including safety critical relays and SIL4 vital signaling relays, for on-board and trackside applications. These relays can be interfaced with SIL2, SIL3 or SIL4 automaton in compliance with the EN5129 standard, and some of them are fail safe.
RS4 relays are certified and their functions are similar as NS1 signaling relays (which are SIL4). It is used a lot by SNCF, french railway operator, in railway applications; NS1 signaling relays are in particular used in relay-based interlocking.
Safety systems control is often done via safety relays. There is often confusion in the terms used for the notion of safety relay:
Relay forcibly guided according to en 61810-3standard
In reality a lot of safety relays are simply forcibly guided relays according to EN 61810-3standard, guaranteeing that it is impossible that a NO (Normally Opened) contact and a NC (normally closed) contact are established at the same time.
Relays guaranteed to be fail-safe and forcibly guided
In reality a lot of safety relays are simply forcibly guided relays according to EN 50205 standard, guaranteeing that it is impossible that a NO (Normally Opened) contact and a NC (normally closed) contact are established at the same time.
Relays like the NS1 relays which meet NF F 70 030 standard, are also guaranteed to be fail-safe (not all the NS1 relays – the RU are not – it is also the same analysis for Q-relay).
The fail-safe guarantee is obtained by the fact that the moving part of the relay is orientated in relation to earth’s attraction. This way, via the effect of gravity”, the “working” contacts open if the relays coil is not powered.
Why has CLEARSY developed the RS4 relays?
We have developed and set up systems like COPPILOT, DOF1 and DIL which are intended to control the platform screen doors of various underground rail systems. The vital function on these systems is SIL3.
The opening control is achieved through existing relay contact in working position. The security of the safety function on CLEARSY’s systems is based on the fact that we safely detect that the relay has remained “stuck” in the condition in which working contact is established. This principle was used to produce the RS2 relay: this relay is made up of 2 forcibly guided relays and allows, thanks to an external check of the contacts (by a security automaton for example) to guarantee a SIL3 safety level.
For security applications which have no checking system, we have designed an automatically checked relay named RS4. The RS4 is functionally comparable to the traditional vital relays because the RS4 relay is an intrinsic safety relay with a SIL4 safety level. The RS4 is “forcibly guided “AND ” fail-safe “, including design based on component failure according to EN50129 standard. Like the NS1 relay, certain conditions of use must be respected to guarantee the SIL4 safety integrity.
Document, ISA* certification and trademark
RS4 is a registered trademark. It is also registered in China:
- KE AN SI – 科安思
- JI AN SHI – 继安世
CLEARSY is the direct distributor of the products.
RS4 relays with more SIL 4 NO contacts are available on demand
3 NO contacts SIL4-guaranteed to open and 4 NC contacts.
4 NO contacts SIL4-guaranteed to open and 2 NC contacts.
4 NO contacts SIL4-guaranteed to open and 6 NC contacts.
2 NO contacts SIL4-guaranteed to open and 2 NC contacts (model 24V).
2 NO contacts SIL4-guaranteed to open and 2 NC contacts (model 72/110V).
Two relays with 2 NO contacts SIL4-guaranteed to open and 2 NC repos on a 3U board.
Link to this thematic
Linked to this thematic
- The CLEARSY RS4 safety relay makes its debut in the nuclear power industry
- Lightrail signalling of Caen: a 3rd project for CLEARSY and Mobility (VINCI ENERGIES).
- CLEARSY in charge of signaling safety software for lines 2 and 3 of the Nice tramway.
- SIL4 certification for CLEARSY RS4 vital latching interface system