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HIMA to provide Evonik Degussa with fieldbus safety system

March 18, 2009 - HIMA announced that Evonik Degussa selected its latest safety system, HIMAx, for its factory in Kalscheuren near Cologne, Germany.

The Evonik Degussa factory is the largest producer of carbon black in Europe. In the course of the carbon black production process, the residual gas is used for steam and power generation in thermal afterburning plants. If a boiler stops functioning, a gas flare system starts burning the residual gas. Evonik decided to switch to automated boiler control and monitoring system for gas flare using the latest HIMA’s safety system, HIMax.

HIMA’s solution included two HIMax CPUs, two system bus modules, two digital output and three input modules, one analogue output module and one communications module for PROFIBUS-DP.

Lutz Dross, PLT planning and process engineer for the IM business division with Evonik Degussa, said it’s very important for the company to conduct online tests using HIMax, as well as other diverse programming possibilities. “The high level of flexibility guarantees low costs during the entire lifecycle of HIMax. Another advantage is that the safety system can be easily expanded without having to interrupt operations,” said Dross. “The new safety control system from HIMA guarantees the highest possible level of availability. Whether during a hardware or software upgrade, or routine maintenance work, HIMax doesn’t have to be turned off – the plant continues to operate.”

HIMax, the latest safety system from HIMA for large and medium-sized applications, is the first safety system that allows uninterrupted operation of processing plant over its entire lifecycle. It is based on HIMA’s revolutionary Nonstop XMR technology that combines diagnostic-based SIL 3 safety integrity with a scalable fault-tolerant architecture that eliminates false trips and provides for unlimited changes, modifications, expansions, upgrades and regulatory proof testing without taking the plant off-line.

The new software tool SILworX proved to be another major benefit because of the fully integrated configuration, program and diagnosis environment for HIMax. The modern user interface contributed to a reduction in mistakes and accelerated planning and implementation.

“HIMax is exceptionally user-friendly,” said a management technology specialist from Evonik Degussa. “The software tool SILworX has a fully-graphic drop-and-drag programming function. That simplifies engineering enormously.”

The HIMax system is integrated into the Foxboro processing control system (DCS) via PROFIBUS-DP. Due to the open standards protocol, HIMax can be integrated with all leading DCS systems.

About Evonik Industries
Evonik Industries is a global leader in specialty chemicals, an expert in power generation from hard coal and renewable energies, and one of the largest private residential real estate companies in Germany. Evonik is active in over 100 countries around the world. In fiscal year 2007, about 43,000 employees generated sales of about €14.4 billion and an operating profit (EBITDA) of more than €2.2 billion.

With the product lines Carbon Black, Silica, Aerosil and Silane, the business division Inorganic Materials is one of the most important strategic activities of Evonik Degussa GmbH. Carbon Black remains the dominant reinforcing filler for the rubber industry, in particular for manufacturing tires, but also with diverse uses in paint, printer colors, ink and synthetic materials. With 1.2 million tones, Degussa is the second largest producer of Carbon Black.

About HIMA
HIMA is the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of automated safety solutions in the process industry. With an installed base of more than 20,000 systems in more than 80 countries and presence in more than 50 countries around the globe, HIMA offers a wealth of knowledge and experience to users providing scalable TUV SIL 3 certified solutions for Emergency Shutdown (ESD), Fire & Gas (F&G), Burner Management (BMS), Turbo Machinery Control (TMC), and a range of other safety applications. Founded in 1908, HIMA was the first company in the world to develop TUV-certified safety-related automation controls in the 1960s and has been at the forefront of safety-related control technology for more than 40 years. Over the past 100 years HIMA has grown to become a premier worldwide specialist supplier, delivering unique solutions through combination of maximum safety and maximum availability. Based in Brühl, Germany, HIMA remains an independent, family-owned business whose sole focus is to design, manufacture and deliver the most advanced safety-related technology and solutions to its customers.
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