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PTC acquired MKS, the maker of MKS Integrity, in May (Photo: MKS)

TUEV SUED has given its stamp of approval to PTC's MKS Integrity software.

The certification by the German technical standards company means PTC's lifecycle management solution will make it easier for car manufacturers to comply with a key automotive industry safety standard governing areas such as steering and braking systems.

US-based PTC said MKS Integrity, a platform for software application lifecycle management (ALM), is the first software of its kind to receive the certification.

The German technical certification company said MKS Integrity, release 2009 SP6 (9.6) is fit to develop safety-related systems for use in ISO/DIS 26262 and IEC 61508 compliant development processes.

PTC said the independent assessment of the software's change and configuration management capabilities enables automotive engineering organizations in their development of safety-related embedded systems to qualify the tool chain being used to produce these systems up to ASIL-D or SIL3, the most stringent levels of safety function as defined by the standards.

Andreas Baerwald, product line manager functional safety at TUEV SUED, said the Integrity software can help automotive development organizations better adhere to safety standards, which improves reliability, quality and safety.

"These product capabilities combined with the reporting functionality can even increase the efficiency of functional safety assessments performed by our organization at vehicle manufacturers and suppliers,” Baerwald said in a press release.

PTC said the use of Integrity as prescribed in the Integrity Safety Manual lets carmakers and suppliers know they are in compliance with industry safety standards. Integrity also allows companies to improve productivity by automating manual activities through workflow and dynamic reporting.

PTC acquired MKS Inc., the developer of MKS Integrity, in May of this year.