Fluoropolymer plant protected by HIMA emergency shutdown system | Automation.com

Fluoropolymer plant protected by HIMA emergency shutdown system

May 29. 2015 - Dyneon operates the world’s first pilot plant to recycle end-of-life fluoropolymer materials in Burgkirchen, Germany. Dyneon uses unique technology for treating wastes to achieve the environmentally-friendly, sustainable recovery of raw material at its new, high-temperature recycling plant in the Industrial Park Gendorf works. Through pyrolysis, the perfluorinated "end-of-life" waste is broken down into monomers, with an extremely high recovery rate of more than 90 percent. The monomers are fed into the distillation system and can be used for the production of new fluoropolymers.

The innovative procedure for "Up-Cycling" residual perfluorinated materials was developed jointly by Dyneon, the University of Bayreuth, and the research institute InVertec. The project was partially funded by the German Federal Foundation for the Environment (Bundestiftung Umwelt).

To safeguard the plant’s depolymerization reactor, Dyneon selected a HIMatrix safety controller from HIMA as the emergency shutdown (ESD) system. If excess temperatures are reached, the safety system transitions the plant to a safe status to exclude the possibility of risks for people and the environment.

The compact, modular HIMatrix safety controller was developed especially for applications that require from just a few I/Os to several hundred I/Os. Its efficiency, compactness and simple assembly of the various control and remote I/O modules are particular advantages, especially for networked and time-critical applications.

Additional features, such as the capacity for easy integration and flexibility for modifications and extensions, were among the reasons that Dyneon cites for choosing HIMatrix. "Years of experience with the products from HIMA have also given us good reason to rely on their safety technology for this new process technology," explains Martin Neubauer, Project Manager EMSR at Dyneon.

 

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HIMA is the world’s leading specialist for safety-related automation solutions, ensuring maximum safety and availability and integration into any automation environment. More than 35,000 separate and independent safety systems have been installed in over 80 countries to protect the equipment of the world’s largest companies in the process industry. HIMA has operated in the Americas through representatives and partners since the early 1980s. In 2005 it opened regional headquarters in Houston, Texas, which covers the Americas.

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