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Milestones in Safety Technology Uncompromising Safety with Technology from Hima

Author Anke Geipel-Kern

The specialists from Hima Paul Hildebrandt understand from decades of experience that there can be no compromises when it comes to safety. Since 1970, the company from Brühl near Mannheim/Germany has dedicated itself entirely to plant safety, an area in which it has constantly set new standards. Today, from its global presence of 50 locations around the world, the leading specialist in safety automation solutions provides safety solutions to its customers in the process industry to safeguard safety and productivity.

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In the process industry, safety is a matter for the experts. For a company like Hima Paul Hildebrandt, which spearheads the industry, safety is deeply embedded in the company's DNA. Since the introduction of Planar, the first TÜV-certified safety system, in 1970, safety for critical processes has been the absolute core competence of the experts from Mannheim, and for a long time the company has justifiably regarded itself as one of the world’s leading specialists in safety-related automation solutions. The installed base of some 35,000 systems speaks for itself — nine of the ten largest gas companies and all of the ten largest oil refinery companies trust Hima when it comes to safety.

“We have managed to establish ourselves in a position where none of our competitors can reach the quality of our products, the specialist expertise of our employees, our service offerings or our reputation among customers. This is something we are extremely proud of,” emphasizes Steffen Philipp, Managing Partner of Hima.

Planar is now in its fourth generation and is the only safety system in the world that is certified for use up to Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 4. All around the world it is still the first choice worldwide for process automation where there is an extremely high potential risk for humans, machines and the environment — e.g. on oil rigs or in nuclear power plants. Over the years, the long runner Planar has been followed by a number of other milestones, such as “Hicore,” the world's first SIL 3 safety system-on-chip, which was launched in 2013, or the high point to date at Achema 2018, where Hima presented the Smart Safety Platform, the world’s first combination of hardware and software that merges functional safety and cyber-security in a single system.

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