At this year's Hanover Fair, March 24 – 28, HIMA Paul Hildebrandt GmbH will present new technologies for process industries 4.0 as part of the special "Modular Automation" display. In keeping with the modular automation theme, the safety specialist (Hall 11, Stand D44) will feature safety controls that make module-based applications in process industries easier to use, more flexible and more efficient. The themed display and joint stand, which also will include exhibits from other well-known companies in the field, are organized by the Central Association of the Electrical Engineering and Electronics Industry (ZVEI).
The global market demands ever-shorter innovation cycles and increasingly flexible production processes. These factors are pushing modular automation into process industries further and faster than ever, bringing about smart plants that enable products to be made more efficiently and facilities that are easier to adapt to changing user requirements. Functional safety systems and facility availability are moving in lockstep with these smart plants. HIMA smart solutions combine functional safety with IT security, a prerequisite for digital transitions. HIMA safety systems help to ensure that human and material resources alike enjoy optimal protection in the digital era.
“Users’ modular automation of safety systems can substantially enhance levels of facility availability,” said Christoph Kotsch, M. Eng., head of control systems integration at HIMA. "Tried and tested modules can help facility operators not only set up their resources faster but also deal with failures at an earlier stage. Faulty modules can be replaced with minimal outlays."
In Hanover, HIMA will demonstrate the modular automation concept via a safety control system that features considerable processing power, multiple encoder interfaces and granular architecture. The control system, which is certified up to SIL 3, reduces component requirements (for example, no intelligent bus coupling modules are needed), trims engineering outlays and minimizes sources of errors. It also facilitates extensions or modifications during operation.
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