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Safety specialist HIMA says HIMax nonstop safety system continues to increase market share

19 June 2014

In 2008 HIMA introduced HIMax (SIL 3), designed to provide uninterrupted system operation throughout the entire life of the plant, while maximizing plant availability, productivity and safety. The system provides for unlimited online changes, online modifications and expansions, as well as online upgrades and even regulatory proof testing. 

HIMax X-CPU 31
HIMax X-CPU 31

More than 900 HIMax systems with more than 500,000 programmed input and output signals, have been delivered to protect the plants of the world's largest companies in the process industry. Additions to the HIMax product family continue. In late 2013, HIMA introduced the X-CPU 31 processor module, designed especially for small and mid-range safety applications. The new CPU module is now available worldwide.  

While the original HIMax system, which features the X-CPU 01 processor module and separate system bus module, remains the ideal solution for high-level safety applications, smaller applications can benefit from the new X-CPU 31 product, which integrates all functions of the system bus module. With system bus and CPU functions on one module, the X-CPU 31 makes the HIMax nonstop safety system even more scalable and able to be adapted to specific applications. The results for users include lower investment costs, improved flexibility and the availability of more I/O module slots.

The new X-CPU 31 supports all HIMax functions and can be seamlessly integrated into the HIMax system family. With proven, safe communication via safeethernet, the new CPU is also ideal for distributed structures.

Orders received thus far in 2014 indicate that double-digit sales growth will also be achieved this year. More than 35,000 HIMA safety systems (SIL 3 and SIL 4) have been installed in over 80 countries, where they protect the facilities of the world‘s largest enterprises in the oil, gas, chemical, pharmaceutical and energy-producing industries. 

Steffen Philipp with Reinhard Seibold and Sankar Ramakrishnan
Steffen Philipp with Reinhard Seibold and Sankar Ramakrishnan

“Our broad sector approach and the international distribution of sales are the ideal prerequisites for continued, healthy growth,” says HIMA Managing Partner Steffen Philipp, who leads the fourth-generation, family-run enterprise. “Together with CEO Sankar Ramakrishnan, whom I appointed last year, and Reinhard Seibold, who has been supporting us as CFO since May, I am focused on maintaining our economic and entrepreneurial independence."

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