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Omnex Announces ISO 26262 Collaboration Project Moving Ahead

Ann Arbor, MI, June 06, 2016 --( Omnex, Inc., the leading innovator of product launch and engineering software solutions, announced on May 10th an exploratory effort to determine the global automotive supply chain’s interest in sharing the time, cost and risk of developing an ISO 26262 Functional Safety Collaboration including training, processes, and software with multiple automotive companies. The answer was a resounding “Yes!”

Omnex announced today, at the 5th International USA ISO 26262 Conference in Rochester, Michigan, that they will lead this global effort. “Several of the organizations attending this event are either in conversations with Omnex or will be soon,” stated John M. Cachat, Managing Director of Omnex Systems and Executive Sponsor of the ISO 26262 Collaboration Project. “We have learned a great deal in a very short amount of time from OEMs, Tier 1s, and further down the supply chain, from many road vehicle companies around the world. Omnex’s global presence and proven experience drove several companies to quickly respond to this project. The marketplace has also shown its appreciation of Omnex’s participation in the ISO 26262 committee and their direct knowledge of the committee’s vision and ideas for the upcoming 2018 release of the standard.”

“Even companies that have been in critical safety projects for decades still have much to learn with regard to ISO 26262,” said Chad Kymal, founder and CTO of Omnex. “The 2011 standard has a total of 98 distinct work products and of these, 57 of which overlap with the requirements of ISO/TS 16949; 41 are 'new' requirements, including Automotive Safety Integrity Level (ASIL) and Hazard analysis and risk assessment (HARA). There is a lot of work to be done and no time to waste.”

The Omnex feasibility study has identified that several organizations are trying to deploy ISO 26262 in a global, multi-lingual, distributed development environment, with engineering, software developers, hardware developers, and suppliers working together. “These groups have made it very clear that they want an integrated work product that provides traceability, and that this cannot be accomplished without software that connects with existing Engineering and Quality tools,” explained Cachat. “Others have very specific ideas on business processes, for instance, how to measure Controllability, which is critical in defining the level of risk regarding the ability to avoid a specified harm or damage through the timely reactions of the persons involved, possibly with support from external measures.”

About Omnex
Omnex Inc. is a global business consulting solution provider with headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, serving the automotive, aerospace, semiconductor, high technology, manufacturing, and service industries. Omnex provides implementation, consulting, training, software, and staffing in subject areas ranging from ISO 26262 Functional Safety, New Product Development (APQP) to Lean / Six Sigma from its numerous global offices. Omnex is dedicated to bringing together world-class talent with local presence to deliver high impact expertise in today's global business environment.
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