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Major UK refinery takes delivery of first HIMax safety system in the UK

14 September 2009

Hima-Sella has just completed the first UK installation of HIMax at a major UK refinery. In 2008, engineers from the UK refinery travelled to Germany for a global engineering conference then visited the HIMA factory where HIMax was initially designed and developed.

Major UK refinery takes delivery of first HIMax safety system in the UK
Major UK refinery takes delivery of first HIMax safety system in the UK

Having seen a demonstration of the new HIMax technology, Hima-Sella was awarded a £130,000 contract in November 2008, to design and commission a SIL rated fire and gas detection system, complete with field devices and incorporating the HIMax programmable electronic system (PES).

Based on HIMA's XMR technology, the new HIMax offers non stop operation and unprecedented levels of redundancy and fault tolerance, without restriction and achieving safety integrity level 3 (SIL 3). It's a highly scalable system with features and tools that make it much easier to use than many systems currently available and it complements HIMA's safety controllers, HIQuad and HIMatrix.

Andy Tonge, sales manager at Hima-Sella explained: "Compared to a standard platform HIMax redefines what you can expect from a safety system. It's intuitive, more efficient and with its guarantee of uninterrupted system operation during the life of a processing plant facility, offers significant potential for improving productivity and profits."

All safety-critical applications in the process industry can be implemented with HIMax including emergency shutdown systems (ESD), burner management systems (BMS), fire & gas systems (F&G), turbo machinery control (TMC), or pipeline automation. Having flexible system architecture, various rack sizes, different assembly and wiring concepts, centralised and distributed installations, HIMax can be adapted for virtually any application requirement. Its flexibility allows for integration into any distributed control system (DCS) and by using open-standard protocols guaranteed by HIMA, enables customers to choose the best DCS for their plant.

Tonge added: "Now that this first system has been successfully commissioned, we're exploring options for specifying HIMax for other industrial applications in the UK, including North Sea applications for the replacement of obsolete and legacy systems, where HIMax is the ideal solution".

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