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HIMA to showcase a new dimension in pipeline safety

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World Pipelines,

At this year's Pipeline Technology Conference in Berlin (2 – 4 May 2017), HIMA Paul Hildebrandt will unveil the world's first SIL 3 capable leak monitoring system.

At stand 73 in the Estrel Convention Center, the safety specialist will present the innovative Pipeline Management Control (FlexSILon® PMC) hybrid solution based on a SIL 3 safety controller, with integrated safe leak detection and leak localisation capability. In presentation session 3.4 on leak detection (3 May at 2:30 pm), Peter Sieber (Vice President Global Sales at HIMA) will describe how safety-oriented monitoring systems can significantly reduce leak-induced downtime and risks to people, facilities and the environment.

There are many potential causes of damage to pipelines. Along with material failure, corrosion and wear, pipelines are threatened by theft, terrorist attacks and the increasing risk of cyber attacks. In the expert presentation ‘Pipeline Leak Detection System and Safety’, Sieber will describe the relationship between functional safety and leak detection in light of growing digitalisation. He also explains how combining these two disciplines helps operators of pipelines in refineries and chemical plants as well as overland pipelines to improve their safety and cyber security. The innovative pipeline management solution integrates into a safety controller high availability leak detection and localisation with emergency shutdown (ESD) capability for safe system shutdown.

HIMA designates this hybrid system FlexSILon PMC and offers it as a complete pipeline management automation solution. In addition to protecting the facility, this unique package solution controls and regulates safety-related processes for uninterrupted operation over the entire lifecycle. It can continuously monitor pipelines, shut them down automatically in hazard situations, and prevent or significantly reduce damage. Thanks to this functional integration, FlexSILon PMC enables reliable and cost-effective pipeline operations while conforming to all relevant standards.

Along with the automation components necessary for control, regulation and monitoring of gas and liquid pipelines, the solution includes customer support and service. It significantly increases the safety and profitability of pipelines by quickly and accurately detecting and localisng leaks, thereby reducing false alarms and downtime. Pipeline operators benefit from higher availability, lower liability and consequential cost risks, and avoidance of environmental damage and loss of reputation. As a closed system with integrated security, FlexSILon PMC also provides significant defense against cyber attacks.

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