• Figure 1: The innovative FlexSILon PMC hybrid system combines leak detection and localisation with emergency shutdown (ESD) capability for safe system shutdown, all integrated into a safety controller.
  • Figure 2: HIMA FlexSILon PMC combines all safety-related pipeline functions in a hybrid solution. A component of this solution is the FLOWorX pipeline software, which enables excellent pipeline performance with long-term stability. Images © HIMA Paul Hildebrandt GmbH

A New Dimension in Pipeline Safety: Package Solution Combines Safety Controller with Leak Detection and Leak localisations

Apr 24 2017 Comments 0

HIMA will be an exhibitor and presenter at Pipeline Technology Conference 2017 in Berlin

At this year's Pipeline Technology Conference in Berlin, HIMA Paul Hildebrandt unveils 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 (May 3 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,” Peter 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 life cycle. 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 operation 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 localising 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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