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Plant production line simplified

12 November 2009

Hima-Sella has been awarded a further contract to manufacture power & distribution panels, within weeks of securing the initial order for instrument racks for a production line expansion project. This £40k order follows the £300k contract, awarded in April by Jacobs Engineering UK, for the manufacture of twelve, open-framed instrument racks for a third Amistar production line (AZ3) for Syngenta.

Plant production line simplified
Plant production line simplified

In a £75million investment programme that will create 50 new jobs, Syngenta is expanding its Grangemouth manufacturing facility in Scotland over the next three years to increase production of azoxystrobin, the active ingredient in Amistar, the world's leading fungicide. The expansion is driven by the need to meet increasing global food supply demands.

Hima-Sella was selected by Jacob's Engineering UK for both contracts because of its proven experience of installing Emerson DeltaV equipment as well as its robust quality assurance, project management & documentation capabilities.

The instrument rack construction is based on an existing design used on two previous production lines (AZ1 & AZ2). Each instrument rack contains a 40-slot Emerson DeltaV Distributed Control System (DCS) complete with SIS I/O for safety critical interlocks & Profibus communications. Each DeltaV I/O module interfaces with the hazardous area instrumentation on the plant via MTL 4000 series I.S. barriers mounted on 8-way backplanes. The modular approach greatly simplifies future plant expansion by allowing new I/O to be introduced by plugging an I.S barrier into a backplane, which in turn is plugged into a DeltaV I/O module.

Project manager at Hima-Sella, Vincent Stanley commented: "It's very encouraging that Hima-Sella continues to thrive during the current economic downturn, a reflection of the fact that customers have confidence in our abilities and our excellent track record of meeting tight delivery deadlines."

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