HIMA News Feed https://www.hima.com News from https://www.hima.com en-GB HIMA Logo https://www.hima.com/typo3conf/ext/himatheme/Resources/Public/Images/favicon.png https://www.hima.com/ HIMA Sat, 18 Jan 2020 19:39:10 +0100 Sat, 18 Jan 2020 19:39:10 +0100 TYPO3 EXT:news news-235 Mon, 28 Oct 2019 08:52:27 +0100 Significant Partnership Deal Signed between EFACEC and HIMA https://www.hima.com/en/rss-news-sucess-stories/article/significant-partnership-deal-signed-between-efacec-and-hima Sweden had already submitted a plan for the digitalization of rail in 2017, and now its rail infrastructure owner is relying on COTS solutions for the modernization of level crossings. EFACEC, a market leader in the rail sector, turned to proven HIMA technology to design a new solution for level crossings and make this vision a reality. For EFACEC, this major project in Sweden involves the modernization of a significant part of the Swedish level crossings over a period that can extend over the next 25 years and include more than a thousand units. Answering to Trafikverket’s specific requirements, EFACEC’s XSafe level crossing control system will be used - XSafe is the latest version of EFACEC's automatic level crossing control system, based on HIMA's proven COTS technology, and for this particular project the HIMatrix F30 COTS controllers will be used.

"For EFACEC, this major order to modernize level crossings in Sweden is an important milestone," said Pedro Pinto, Manager of EFACEC’s Transportation Business Unit. "With the innovative concept of XSafe – using COTS technology – we were able to prevail against strong European competitors. At the same time, we have continued our successful partnership with HIMA. Our aim is to further expand our position in Scandinavia as a supplier of safety-critical systems for rail transport."

Delivering results via a strong partnership

EFACEC has been working with HIMA as safety supplier to EFACEC’s signaling and level crossing solutions for more than a decade . Recently, besides the specific contract for the level crossing project in Sweden, another contract was signed between EFACEC and HIMA concerning an overall partnership covering technological cooperation, training for EFACEC employees, detailed documentation and the necessary software tools.

Sedat Sezgün, Group Vice President Business Segment Rail at HIMA, commented: "This new partnership with EFACEC in such a major project is another important step for us as a provider of COTS solutions. COTS is already widely used as a forward-looking and competitive solution in European rail networks and, in addition to SIL4 certification in accordance with CENELEC, offers many advantages in terms of standardization and flexibility as well as great cost reduction potential".

XSafe: Setting the standard across Europe

The powerful XSafe controller is based on the SIL 4 certified HIMatrix series from HIMA. Its decentralized design with IP-based communication to individual modules has proven to be outstanding for this type of application, especially with regard to interfacing with other railway systems. This enables significant cost reductions, among other aspects in optimized cabling. Thanks to the modularity and flexibility of the HIMatrix platform, XSafe offers a highly configurable solution suitable for almost any type of level crossing.

EFACEC and HIMA have, for example, already successfully deployed XSafe level crossing systems in Portuguese and Polish rail infrastructure.

Learn more about HIMatrix –  the compact safety solution

AEGIS Interlocking system – Powered by HIMatrix , too

A similar architecture based on HIMatrix platform is also used in EFACEC’s AEGIS Interlocking system, already in service in Oporto Metro (Portugal), Dublin Light Rail (Ireland) and being installed at Odense Light Rail (Denmark).

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news-233 Mon, 21 Oct 2019 11:00:00 +0200 sps 2019: HIMA presents HICore 1 safety SoC https://www.hima.com/en/rss-news-sucess-stories/article/sps-2019-hima-presents-hicore-1-safety-soc Products to be certified according to IEC 61508 up to SIL 3 and/or ISO 13849-1 up to PL e can be developed efficiently and quickly based on the HICore 1 safety SoC and associated software package. In particular, the modular software platform – already certified by TÜV Rheinland – consisting of the operating system and middleware allows safe products to be launched within a predictable time frame. Secure communications with other devices and controllers (safety PLCs) is especially important for future functional security products. With the existing implementations of Fail Safe over EtherCAT (FSoE), HIMA ISOFAST and PROFIsafe, as well as the CIP Safety and CANopen Safety functions currently being developed, HICore 1 offers an excellent platform for this. The modular architecture of the software package allows different versions of the same product, with a variety of fieldbus connections, to be developed without undue effort and expense. Interested parties can learn more about the full range of HIMA offerings at the HIMA stand. They include consulting services, support for certification, and engineering up to turnkey production. Safety-critical systems must be functionally safe, and this safety has to be proven by certifications. In more and more cases, functional safety is not only a decisive consideration for customers, but also a considerable time and cost factor for development departments and companies. Here they face a twofold challenge: rising development costs for increasingly complex products are often multiplied by growing safety requirements. In today's world with pressure from cost cutting and tight market launch deadlines, unnecessarily high certification expense is undesirable and uneconomical. Being able to draw on precertified safety solutions thus gives companies a key advantage.

“With HICore 1, the smallest TÜV-certified safety SoC, innovative product and system manufacturers can make their solutions safe and certifiable,” says Dr. Stefan Gölz, Director Technology Embedded Solutions at HIMA. For developers, the package solution based on HICore technology results in distinctly lower effort because it dramatically simplifies and accelerates TÜV approval of their own products in line with IEC 61508 up to SIL 3 or ISO 13849-1 up to PL e. As a result, time to market can be shortened by 30 to 70 percent, depending on project size and scope.”

Users can personally choose the configuration of their HICore solution, from safety-SoC to finished boards. HIMA guides and supports the entire process, from specification through TÜV approval to production. With HICore 1, SIL 3 safety can be easily and economically integrated in many industries, even with networked applications. Numerous safety network protocols are already available, so the Industry 4.0 concept of safe and highly efficient machine-to-machine communications is also supported. Examples of typical application areas include safety-oriented controllers and safe monitoring of driverless transportation systems, drives, logistics and intralogistics, sensors, actuators, and power plants.

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news-230 Mon, 26 Aug 2019 11:00:00 +0200 HIMA partners with ECT to expand its rotating machinery business https://www.hima.com/en/rss-news-sucess-stories/article/hima-partners-with-ect-to-expand-its-rotating-machinery-business HIMA has entered into a partnership with Energy Control Technologies (ECT), a US company focused on the rotating machinery market. Primary target group of the partnership will be end users, typically brown-field projects, where modernization of existing machines is necessary. The partnership will combine the strength of HIMA’s SIL rated products and worldwide sales presence with the strength of ECT’s capabilities and experience. The US-based company would as well be a supplier to HIMA, supplying rotating machinery control technology and commissioning support. Together, both companies will offer safety customers SIL-rated hardware for rotating machinery applications. The efforts would utilize ECT’s algorithms for surge control, performance control, load sharing and master control, steam turbine speed and extraction control, and expander control.

“The partnership with ECT will help us to drive our business in a very attractive market”, said Stefan Basenach, Group Vice President Business Segment Process at HIMA. “We know about our customer’s needs and our high performance SIL-rated products have the ability to excel in rotating machinery applications. We have proven success on several rotating machinery projects and see this new partnership combining the experience of two specialized companies as the perfect means to address a growing market.”

Paul Fisher, President of ECT, commented: “The partnership with HIMA is opening new markets for us. Our expertise is in controlling compressors, turbines and expanders and the algorithms that are necessary to maximize a plant's production and efficiency while providing superior machine protection. Partnering with HIMA, we bring together the best of two worlds for the benefit of the client.”

Primary target group of the partnership will be end users, typically brown-field projects, where modernization of existing machines is necessary. The partnership’s offering is useful to refining applications like fluid catalytic cracker air blowers and wet gas compressors, power recovery systems, hydrogen recycle applications and refrigeration. Chemical applications like ethylene and ammonia plants can take advantage of the SIL rated hardware and rotating machinery control technology.

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news-229 Tue, 20 Aug 2019 11:00:00 +0200 Trako 2019: HIMA takes COTS technology to the next level https://www.hima.com/en/rss-news-sucess-stories/article/trako-2019-hima-takes-cots-technology-to-the-next-level HIMA will be presenting pioneering safety technology for the rail industry under the slogan “SIL 4 Safety Controller: Flexible, Proven. Off-the-Shelf” at Trako, 13th International Railway Fair, 24th – 27th September, in Gdansk, Poland. COTS controllers with CENELEC SIL 4 certification will form the central focus at Stand 26-2 in Hall D. These safety systems have been installed in countless rail projects around the world. Their open architecture allows operators, system integrators and rolling stock manufacturers to benefit from a high level of flexibility in terms of the choice of supplier, the long-term availability of components and maximum safety.

"COTS is already widely used as a forward-looking and competitive solution in European rail networks. The SIL4 certification in accordance with CENELEC, offers many advantages in terms of standardization and flexibility as well as great cost reduction potential," says Sedat Sezgün, Group Vice President Business Segment Rail at HIMA. "We are looking back at many successful rail projects operating COTS technology in middle and eastern Europe, for example in Serbia, Russia, Poland, and Hungary.

For instance, the company Signalling & Control from Serbia has used COTS components from HIMA to create its own electronic interlocking solution. This has proven effective in multiple projects for Železnice Srbije (Serbian Railways), where scalability and pre-certification were decisive. Certified COTS products provide a cost-effective and time-saving solution, which is especially important for smaller companies. In Russia, the rail company AT TRANS created an interlocking solution based on HIMA’s HIMatrix controllers, which not only maximize safety, but also optimize train scheduling. The HIMA technology is directly linked to axle counters so they can track the location of trains in real time. In addition to performing all relevant safety functions, the controllers convey valuable information to the company’s logistics man¬agement software. This enables AT TRANS to plan its trains much more efficiently.

COTS: Superior safety and profitability for rail sector

HIMA has been one of the first manufacturers to offer SIL4-standard controllers compliant with CENELEC. Today they are used by 50 partners in over 30 countries. The controllers are part of the “Smart Safety Platform” which is the first comprehensive solution in the world to combine safety and security. The hardware and software components in the platform are uniformly tailored to each other. HIMA's COTS controllers make it possible to realize safety solutions for signals, level crossings and rolling stock cost-effectively, easily and quickly. Another benefit of the platform is the extremely high level of security – a crucial factor at a time when the digitization of the rail industry is gaining pace around the world.

Irrespective of whether a controller is central or decentralized, redundant or not, the COTS components from HIMA guarantee reliable and continuous operation for safety-critical railway applications such as electronic signaling technology, level crossings, sensor-monitored door opening systems, electronically controlled slide and wheel slip protection, safety controllers, remote control, safe train movement and much more.

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news-227 Wed, 14 Aug 2019 11:00:00 +0200 Smooth upgrading of process plants with the HIQuad X: New flexible safety system simplifies plant modernization https://www.hima.com/en/rss-news-sucess-stories/article/smooth-upgrading-of-process-plants-with-the-hiquad-x-new-flexible-safety-system-simplifies-plant-mo HIMA Paul Hildebrandt GmbH, world's leading independent provider of smart safety solutions for industrial applications, has brought a new programmable safety system onto the market. The flexible and scalable HIQuad X is a further development of the HIQuad, which has been securing over ten thousand applications worldwide for around 30 years. It fits seamlessly into HIMA’s Smart Safety Platform. The HIQuad X is not just a flexible, efficient safety system; it is also an important component in HIMA’s new, technically coherent Smart Safety Platform, which unifies all HIMA safety systems. Hardware and software are closely aligned. Plant operators thus receive a scalable solution which they can use to cover the complete safety and security requirements for small single applications right through to complex architectures of large-scale plants in line with requirements.

The Smart Safety Platform is based on the use of basic components which are identical for all HIMA product families, including operating system, engineering tool and communication via SafeEthernet. The fact that platform components can be combined freely means that virtually every customer solution can be developed and implemented. The holistic approach enables companies to use a solution from one source, thereby reducing the complexity of their plants considerably.

New performance dimensions, flexible system architecture and integrated intrinsic safety (Ex protection)

With the implementation of the proven platform technology, the HIQuad X reaches a new performance dimension. Users thus benefit from a reduced system cycle and reaction time, particularly for floating point calculations. The increased diagnostic capability, which permits quicker defect tracking during maintenance work, provides additional benefits. On the one hand the more flexible system architecture enables the timely use of redundant modules right through to complete redundancy. On the other hand retrospective adaptations to the system for application programs, hardware and communication can be undertaken - even during operation.

The HIQuad X system also enables the use of SIL3 modules with integrated intrinsic safety (Ex protection). Users no longer need a separate isolation amplifier for their intrinsically safe SIL circuits. The benefits of the diagnostics provided can therefore be utilized up to the field device without any losses. Other benefits include the simplification of planning, documentation and furnishing proof of the intrinsic safety. The fact that flawed plant outages due to defective isolation amplifiers are no longer an issue is another huge bonus. This is made possible by the redundant connection options which always permit the exchange of defective system components during operation.

The HIQuad X system can of course be connected with every basic process control system (BPCS), even on a redundant pathway. It then continues to run independently even if an error occurs in the BPCS or in the communication. The security mechanisms which are installed assist with this process. They create a virtual and also a physical separation when standard protocols are used. HIMA customers who already use HIQuad systems benefit from the upgrade to HIQuad X with short plant outages and considerably reduced costs when compared to new installations. The I/O modules including field wiring can continue to be used. This enables users to make savings in terms of investment and costs for testing and documentation.

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news-225 Tue, 06 Aug 2019 11:00:00 +0200 HIMA presents solution for reliable remote maintenance compliant to the newest expert recommendations https://www.hima.com/en/rss-news-sucess-stories/article/hima-presents-solution-for-reliable-remote-maintenance-compliant-to-the-newest-expert-recommendation HIMA, together with their strategic partner genua GmbH, specialist in IT security, are proud to present a solution for remote maintenance in the industrial context. This remote maintenance solution fulfils the highest standards for safety and security, without any restrictions on scalability. “When it comes to the question of ‘Remote maintenance, yes or no?’, a lot of companies still face a tough choice,” says Heiko Schween, Head of Automation Security at HIMA. “On the one hand, they can see the potential of substantial cost advantages if remote maintenance of process systems is carried out via public networks. On the other hand, though, there are substantial security risks to be reckoned with as well. If a company hasn’t established effective protection mechanisms, it only takes one weak spot to jeopardize the entire production process.”

High demands on a secure remote maintenance solution

If safety and security are put at risk, this can result in financial loss due to interruptions in production. In the worst case scenario this can even lead to far-reaching damage to personnel and to the environment. All this means it is essential to weigh the benefits against the risks. The German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), in its recommendations regarding cyber security (BSI-CS 108 | Version 2.0 | 07.2018) provides an overview of the general requirements for remote maintenance in industrial environments. 

Secure protocols and top quality Encoding

The HIMA remote maintenance solution makes use of secure protocols such as SSH, IPsec and SSL / TLS. With a symmetrical encoding process such as AES256, for example, top quality encoding comes into use as well.

In addition to the password, authentication of a user can also be established by a unique identifier word generated with a Yubikey token in combination with RSA encoding.

All from one source and fully scalable

This means that existing HIMA clients and new customers alike can easily implement a secure remote maintenance system which conforms to BSI requirements, with hardware, software, and support all from one source. Complexity is perceptibly reduced. Investment security is assured by way of optionally extendible and complete IPv6 support and ongoing product upkeep. “This means that HIMA have a complete unitary solution to offer, which meets BSI requirements regarding safety and security,” says Heiko Schween.

There are no restrictions on the secure integration of automation solutions from third-party suppliers. And that means users do not encounter any limitations due to a proprietary solution. A central management system means that HIMA remote maintenance is easily scalable for large environments, too. From the single solution, via the complete solution, and on to the incorporation of an individual critical system, all the requirements can be fulfilled, on the foundation of really high availability.

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news-223 Wed, 03 Jul 2019 11:00:00 +0200 Straight to the point: Smart Safety functions for field deployment https://www.hima.com/en/rss-news-sucess-stories/article/straight-to-the-point-smart-safety-functions-for-field-deployment HIMA Paul Hildebrandt has developed the decentralized HIJunctionBox to expand the Smart Safety Platform concept directly into the field. Thanks to its suitability for Ex Zone 2 explosion hazard areas, the HIJunctionBox can also be used under harsh environmental conditions. Pre-configuration and modular I/O enable fast and easy integration of the HIJunctionBox into existing installations. The HIJunctionBox enables plant operators to implement decentralized control and safety solutions extremely flexibly. The uniform hardware and software design allows any necessary additional modules to be retrofitted easily and implemented locally. As a result, the system architecture of an installation can always be flexibly adapted to altered requirements. In the event of loss of communication with the central system, the robust junction box continues to operate independently in the field, contributing to higher system availability.

High flexibility

Depending on the complexity of the application, the system is based on the HIMatrix or HIMax safety controller. It can be structured as a redundant system or as a mono system. High flexibility with I/O modules and the option of using the Reload function to transfer programming settings enable quick system expansion during live operation, even in the subsequent engineering process. A wide variety of functions can be implemented through modular I/O integration, from system control and monitoring to detailed diagnostics such as HART. The HIJunctionBox is supplied pre-configured and tested. The pretested basic structure allows factory acceptance tests (FAT) and site acceptance tests (SAT) to be shortened, resulting in faster overall commissioning.

Robust design for harsh environments

The “Control in the Field” feature of the HIJunctionBox additionally enables the plant operator to perform sophisticated control tasks on site, even under demanding environmental conditions. The HIJunctionBox is designed and built to meet the requirements of IP 66/NEMA 4X protection ratings in accordance with IEC 60529 and has a lockable 316L stainless steel enclosure with a wall thickness of 2 mm. It is certified for deployment in ATEX Zone 2 explosion hazard areas and can be used over the temperature range of –20°C to +55°C.

Lower infrastructure costs and simplified Engineering

The HIJunctionBox can be deployed within the HIMA Smart Safety Platform or as an extension to existing control systems. The modular and standardized design of the HIJunctionBox offer plant operators additional benefits in cost effectiveness and installation planning. For example, the number of marshalling cabinets, cable trays and master cables from the control center to the field can be strongly reduced and a standardized concept with distributed HIJunctionBoxes at the process level can be implemented. This reduces space requirements in the central rooms, some of which have costly air conditioning, and considerably simplifies cabling – both of which contribute to lower capital expenditures and optimal operating costs. Elimination of marshalling panels between the central control room and the field signals also enables cost savings. The ability to use fiber optics for communication with existing systems further reduces capital expenditures.

“The HIJunctionBox is an important field expansion of our Smart Safety Platform,” says Dr. Alexander Horch, Vice President Research, Development & Product Management at HIMA. “Plant operators can now benefit from the advantages of our platform directly at the plant. These include lower plant complexity and compliance with security requirements. The uniform hardware and software concept reduces operating and life cycle costs, and the modular approach offers plant operators maximum flexibility and a future-proof solution."

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news-218 Wed, 23 Jan 2019 09:00:00 +0100 HIMA and genua forge strategic partnership for security https://www.hima.com/en/rss-news-sucess-stories/article/hima-and-genua-forge-strategic-partnership-for-security HIMA and genua GmbH, a specialist in IT security, have joined hands in a strategic partnership for automation security. Together they offer IT security solutions for the process and railway industries that fulfill the highest safety and security standards. The key aspects are secure remote maintenance of plants and machines, encrypted communications over the Internet, and monitoring of industry protocols at critical network interfaces. Safety and security are becoming more and more intertwined in the course of digitization. Combining the expertise of the best-in-class vendors HIMA and genua creates numerous advantages for industrial customers. Over 35,000 TÜV-certified safety systems from HIMA have been deployed worldwide, while diverse solutions from genua provide industrial and public-sector customers with reliable IT security in sensitive areas.

The hardware and software solutions from genua effectively and meaningfully complement HIMA’s portfolio in the security domain. The partnership focuses on secure connectivity for mobile employees, encrypted communications over the Internet, interface monitoring, internal network segmentation with firewalls, and networking of highly critical facilities using data diodes. “Our customers will benefit from cutting-edge solutions meeting the highest demands for safety and security,” says Dr. Alexander Horch, Vice President Research, Development & Product Management at HIMA.

As a specialist in IT security, genua has been part of the Bundesdruckerei Group since 2015. The company develops and produces IT security solutions in Germany. Frequent certifications and approvals by the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) testify to the high quality of genua’s products. Matthias Ochs, Managing Director of genua: “The combined expertise of HIMA and genua enables us to offer precisely tailored IT security solutions and comprehensive services for the process and railway industries as well as the energy generation sector. We see large potential here and are pleased with this cooperation.”

The genubox solution, for example, enables highly secure remote maintenance access to plants and machines in virtually any location. The robust appliance is simply installed on the systems that need to be remotely monitored and supported by the manufacturer or service provider. If maintenance is needed, the genubox ensures security by establishing an encrypted and authenticated connection for data transmission, and its firewall function limits external access exclusively to the supported system so that other sensitive network areas of the customer cannot be reached through the maintenance access point.

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news-216 Mon, 26 Nov 2018 13:00:37 +0100 Flexible interlocking solution with HIMA technology safeguards shunting junction in French-speaking Switzerland https://www.hima.com/en/rss-news-sucess-stories/article/flexible-interlocking-solution-with-hima-technology-safeguards-shunting-junction-in-french-speaking BÄR Bahnsicherung deploys an innovative CENELEC SIL4 interlocking system based on Commercial off-the-Shelf (COTS) safety controllers from HIMA on a rail line in the Canton of Jura. On the Le Noirmont – La Chaux-de-Fonds rail line in the French-speaking region of Switzerland, BÄR Bahnsicherung has for the first time deployed the new Eurolocking electronic interlocking based on HIMA safety controllers. The benefits of the high integration capability, performance and compact design of the CENELEC SIL4 compliant interlocking are proven in practice at the Bellevue station of the Swiss transportation company Les Chemins de fer du Jura.

Bellevue is a junction station with two sidings that have a large volume of shunting traffic and are therefore implemented with secured shunting routes. Integrating the interlocking into the existing control system and interfacing to the nearby interlockings already in place, which were implemented with the TMN 840/841 block interface widely used in Switzerland, were significant challenges during project execution.

Easy integration of all elements

A basic component of the Eurolocking solution is the use of SIL4 certified HIMax safety PLCs as main computers. Using a standardized COTS safety system enables easy integration of diverse components. For example, BÄR was able to smoothly integrate the system bus and the interfaces with the standardized HIMA systems in cooperation with Frauscher Systemtechnik. That formed the basis for uniform connection of all field components. Another advantage of easy integration is that BÄR was able to develop a compact interlocking with significant space savings.
Availability is especially important with interlockings. As a plug-and-play system with hot-swap functionality, the HIMax controller enables fast component replacement and system modifications during ongoing operation. The subsystems utilize the smaller HIMatrix controllers, which also fulfill extremely high safety requirements but are designed for a smaller number of I/O ports. These compact, high-performance devices are particularly suitable for use in distributed time-critical applications.

The result

System installation at the Bellevue station was completed in June 2018, with trial operation starting on September 14. Thanks to cooperation with HIMA, BÄR was able to draw on a network that provided a solid basis for new product development. Interlockings based on the same platform have already been implemented by Movares for the Dutch National Railways and for the public transport operator NÖVOG in Austria.

Using standard control technology from HIMA enabled development of an interlocking that fulfills applicable industry standards (CENELEC), offers low life cycle costs and optimal integration capability as a stand-alone solution, and is suitable for line applications. The standardized communications and programming of the HIMatrix simplify handling and integration of the controllers into an existing system. Modularity and scalability enable optimal adaptation to the needs of the application and make the interlocking solution future-proof.

“Easy integration of components from different manufacturers was especially important for us in the development of the Eurolocking electronic interlocking. Using a HIMA safety controller as an open safety system fulfilled all of our expectations in that regard,” says Beat Fehr, Managing Partner and Head of Sales at BÄR Bahnsicherung. “Thanks to the COTS solution from HIMA, we were able to develop a highly flexible, scalable and cost-effective product.”

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news-214 Thu, 25 Oct 2018 13:04:03 +0200 HIMA maintains its ground in difficult market conditions https://www.hima.com/en/rss-news-sucess-stories/article/hima-maintains-its-ground-in-difficult-market-conditions In the 2017 financial year, the HIMA Group’s turnover totaled EUR 123 million, thus remaining at the previous year's level. Although sales revenue declined slightly compared to the previous year (-2.3%), due to difficult conditions within the process industry (the oil and gas sector in particular), new order intake increased by 5.3%. While HIMA struggled against the industry’s reluctance to invest in the process segment, the safety specialist recorded double-digit growth in its rail business.
  • 123 million Euro turnover in financial year 2017
  • High order intake despite restrained investments in oil and gas market
  • Rail segment achieves dynamic growth
  • The price of crude oil has recovered somewhat in comparison to previous years, nevertheless 2017 still saw a noticeable reluctance by oil-producing companies to invest. That also had an impact on our business results," says Steffen Philipp, Managing Partner of the HIMA Group. "We’re pleased we were successfully able to assert ourselves in this difficult environment."

    Milestones in the process segment

    Even though the global process industry was generally cautious in 2017, HIMA achieved important successes in its core business. These include the signing of a long-term service agreement by Japanese oil company INPEX for maintenance of the safety systems at the Ichthys LNG project in Australia. Ichthys is one of the largest energy projects in the world, and HIMA has been involved in the project since 2009. The systems, equipped with safety technology from Brühl, Germany, were successfully put into operation in 2018 after nearly ten years of planning and construction.

    In addition, HIMA has entered into new strategic partnerships and has commenced direct sales in the UK and Ireland. Instead of having a system integrator, customers now have direct access there to HIMA's solutions and services.

    Rail business booming
    HIMA continues to grow steadily in the rail segment, with 2017 once again witnessing a double-digit increase. Commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) safety controllers have established themselves within the rail industry and proven themselves worldwide. In 2017, HIMA won a 1.8 million Euro contract in the rail segment, the company’s biggest ever award in the industry and one which saw state-owned company PT Len in Indonesia modernize a total of 25 railway stations using HIMA technology. Follow-up orders have already been placed in the interim and a long-term cooperation agreement has been concluded. "We want to expand the rail business and expect further dynamic growth in the coming years. We currently have 50 partners in over 30 countries which use our COTS systems," commented HIMA CEO Sankar Ramakrishnan.

    Meeting the future with strong partners
    With its new "Smart Safety" positioning introduced in 2017, the family-owned company has also further sharpened its profile as the first point of contact for intelligent safety solutions. HIMA is using 2018 to underscore its ambition to assume technology leadership by organizing a total of five user conferences on three continents. The events in Shanghai, Abu Dhabi, Bangkok, Dordrecht (NL) and Mannheim boasted between 80 and 150 participants. Users, partners and industry experts discussed new challenges such as cybersecurity which have arisen in the course of digitization, as well as exploring market trends and future-oriented security concepts.

    "The current year has seen the business climate in the process industry brighten considerably, and we can see that the course we’ve taken from being a component supplier to a solution provider is bearing fruit. For the 2018 financial year, we expect sales to exceed the previous year's figure by somewhere in the single-digit percentage range. The market for safety and security is a growth market across industries, thus we’re optimistic about the future," said HIMA CFO Tobias Hoche. "By investing in digital infrastructure we’re also laying the foundation for future growth and looking to consistently expand our position in international markets,” Hoche added.


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    news-209 Wed, 22 Aug 2018 14:39:52 +0200 Busy rail route operating in searing temperatures keeps on moving – with AKTOR and HIMA https://www.hima.com/en/rss-news-sucess-stories/article/busy-rail-route-operating-in-searing-temperatures-keeps-on-moving-with-aktor-and-hima Compact commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions make signaling technology between Athens and the nearby port in Piraeus run more effectively and safely. The train line that runs between Athens and Piraeus is an 8 km stretch, with a journey time taking about 20 minutes. The port city of Piraeus, which roughly means ‘the place of passage’ is one of the largest passenger terminals in Europe. Serving about 20 million tourists a year, many catch the metro to get into Athens. Heavy freight trains run on these lines too, since the nearby container port is not using its dedicated rail freight line alone.

    Essential to this project therefore was to ensure that the three level crossings along the route operate reliably and, most importantly, safely. In this southern region of Greece, the average high temperature is 35 degC. In trackside equipment cabinets they can reach 60 degC or more. Therefore, the ability for the level crossings to remain fully-functional in these extreme temperatures was another critical factor to consider.

    The original barriers at each of the level crossings were hand-operated. With so many trains passing though, day and night, this was neither effective nor safe. An essential upgrade was identified and AKTOR was asked to lead the project. As an international, highly diversified company, AKTOR was keen to ensure that whatever it developed it had to be without vendor lock-in. The new level crossing in the ERMIS LX project is equipped with powerful safety controllers from HIMA. The result: Full insight of barrier status and rail/road signal control for vastly improved safety, as well as increased frequency and therefore passenger capacity.

    No vendor lock-in

    Together, they worked on the design of the safety technology. The goal was to develop a signaling solution that complies with the SIL4 safety level according to CENELEC and install it directly on the tracks. The solution: modern COTS safety controllers from HIMA. For this project, the HIMatrix controllers were used with extended temperature ratings.

    Instead of going down the proprietary route, AKTOR turned to HIMA which gave the company the flexibility to develop a solution that is also suitable basis for future projects. By writing its own code from the ground up, a set of function blocks were created that will be used and further developed, ensuring continuous improvement.

    AKTOR has developed a monitoring system called ‘ARTEMMIS’, which collects all the data from the trackside equipment and displays their status on a monitor in real-time. Furthermore, the station master is able to send commands via this system to perform certain functions – such as closing the barrier in an emergency situation.

    “Many of the specialist suppliers of interlockings do not support peripheral components from other vendors,” explains Athanassios Zacharatos, Signaling Project Manager at AKTOR. “This can make it quite expensive and sometimes the system is not flexible enough to meet the desired requirements. The ERMIS LX project is the first time we had used HIMA safety controllers, which are lower-cost COTS products with no vendor lock-in. With everything taken into account, including cost-savings achieved by being able to shop around for peripheral components, we’d estimate a saving of 40%. And, because they comply with CENELEC SIL4 and have already been tested in the field in numerous and varied safety critical applications, we were confident of a robust and reliable solution.”

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    news-205 Mon, 13 Aug 2018 13:47:10 +0200 Making Level Crossings Safe https://www.hima.com/en/rss-news-sucess-stories/article/making-level-crossings-safe HIMatrix safety systems from HIMA have helped ERB Technologies save money and increase safety in an advanced electronic level crossing system. In South Africa, level crossings are a major, and increasing, area of risk. A Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) ‘State of Safety Report’ for 2016/2017 found a 25% increase in level crossing-related occurrences for the reporting period; unsurprisingly, this has led directly to a corresponding increase in fatalities and injuries. Investigations indicate that these occurrences can be mainly attributed to the poor behavior of motor vehicle drivers and inadequate level crossing signage.

    Stemming from this, ERB Technologies, a supplier and installer of technologically advanced railway signaling, trackside and communication products and systems to both South Africa and the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa, has responded. ERB has developed a new, advanced electronic level crossing system in collaboration with leading foreign companies. This system ensures safety, is cost effective, and complies with the new regulations. In particular, it meets the requirements of SANS 3000-2-2-1, the new railway standard for level crossings that was introduced in 2012 and which makes reference to European IEC standards and CENELEC.

    Excellent visibility and control thanks to HIMA's Safety System

    Unlike most of the existing level crossing systems which are relay based, ERB Technologies’ design uses electronics technology to provide superior visibility and control. Their solution is based on HIMA’s HIMatrix Safety System, which they found to be the market’s best-suited product, meeting all requirements. It is South Africa’s first COTS level crossing system to meet CENELEC SIL 4. A successful pilot project has been completed, based on the first level crossing system installed at BMW’s plant in Rosslyn, South Africa.

    The ERB/HIMA system offers many advantages to rail operators. While being cost-effective and readily available due to its COTS status, the HIMA hardware’s SIL 4 (CENELEC) certification meets the EN 50126, 50128, and 50129 standards. This certification is backed by a proven track record in rail and other industries.

    Considerable savings through fast troubleshooting and simple maintenance

    Operators also enjoy great flexibility and freedom, as the HIMA system complies with open standards for easy interface with another vendors’ equipment, while avoiding vendor lock-in. The system is modular and configurable, and with an MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure) of over 100 years, it is highly reliable, helping to reduce costs throughout the operating life. Further savings are achieved as the system is easier and faster to troubleshoot, while being easy to maintain – unlike relay systems, which required extensive physical work. During operation, Sequence of Events can also be automatically recorded.

    Reliability is further enhanced through ERB Technologies’ extremely sturdy, vandal-resistant, steel cabinet design, which features a double skin and forced air cooling.

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    news-207 Thu, 19 Jul 2018 12:24:00 +0200 InnoTrans 2018: HIMA takes COTS technology to the next level https://www.hima.com/en/rss-news-sucess-stories/article/innotrans-2018-hima-takes-cots-technology-to-the-next-level HIMA, the world's leading independent provider of smart safety solutions, will be presenting pioneering safety technology for the rail industry under the slogan “Flexible. Proven. Off the Shelf." at InnoTrans this year in Berlin. COTS controllers with CENELEC SIL 4 certification will form the central focus at Stand 510 in Hall 6.2. These safety systems have been installed in countless rail projects around the world. Thanks to their open architecture, they allow operators, system integrators and rolling stock manufacturers to benefit from a high level of flexibility in terms of the choice of supplier, the long-term availability of components and maximum safety. "A lot has happened since InnoTrans 2016: COTS technology is now standard in many rail applications run by world-leading end users and system integrators," says Sedat Sezgün, Group Vice President Business Segment Rail at HIMA. "At the trade fair this year many of our partner companies are exhibiting COTS projects based on HIMA technology."

    HIMA has been one of the first manufacturers to offer SIL4-standard controllers compliant with CENELEC. Today they are used by 50 partners in over 30 countries. The controllers are part of the “Smart Safety Platform” which is the first comprehensive solution in the world to combine safety and security. The hardware and software components in the platform are uniformly tailored to each other. HIMA's COTS controllers make it possible to realize safety solutions for signals, level crossings and rolling stock cost-effectively, easily and quickly. Another benefit of the platform is the extremely high level of security – a crucial factor at a time when the digitization of the rail industry is gaining pace around the world.

    Irrespective of whether a controller is central or decentralized, redundant or not, the COTS components from HIMA guarantee reliable and continuous operation for safety-critical railway applications such as electronic signaling technology, level crossings, sensor-monitored door opening systems, electronically controlled slide and wheel slip protection, safety controllers, remote control, safe train movement and much more.

    HIMA at InnoTrans 2018: Hall 6.2, Stand 510

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    news-187 Tue, 03 Jul 2018 15:00:33 +0200 HIMA-based signaling technology keeps the Luxembourg City trams on track https://www.hima.com/en/rss-news-sucess-stories/article/hima-based-signaling-technology-keeps-the-luxembourg-city-trams-on-track After more than a 50-year break, Luxtram reopened the Luxembourg City tram, which will eventually run from the city airport to Cloche d’Or business district. For the first phase of the project, the original signaling systems on the 3.5 km stretch between the Luxexpo conference and exhibition center and Pont Rouge were also renewed. But instead of using conventional N.S1 relays, a new concept was deployed using HIMA’s commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) PLCs to meet the highest safety requirements and greatly increase the tram frequency. As buses became increasingly popular in the 1960s, they replaced trams, and the lines of Luxembourg City tram gradually closed in 1964. The reactivation of the network is a measure intended to cope with the high volume of professional commuters within the city, which experts estimate will double by 2030. While safety is of paramount importance to the project, system reliability comes a close second with frequent trams and fast journey times required to maximize capacity.

    More and more system integrators and railway operators worldwide rely on standardized, open safety systems to meet these requirements for urban transport. The experts from French rail specialist Mobility worked closely together with the German safety expert specialist HIMA on the design of the technology. By using modern COTS controllers, the resulting signaling system meets the high safety requirements.
    One of the major benefits of using HIMA controllers is that the signaling system can be monitored centrally. Compared to conventional relays, they make Luxembourg's tram traffic not only safer but much faster. This is because their high performance enables the time intervals between two trams to be considerably shorter. According to the Luxembourg Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, the average number of tram passengers on weekdays during the first two months of operation was some 17,000 – more than twice as many as it had originally forecast (8,400).

    Another important aspect to the project was to maintain the city's architectural aesthetic. By using the compact HIMA technology, Luxtram was able to save substantial space in the track area: the new control cabinets were integrated into the architecture of the stops and transfer platforms. At the LuxExpo stop, for instance, the control cabinet is installed directly on the track. This saved the substantial costs and issues often incurred when using conventional technology which would require building of an entire technical room. This poses a major challenge for city planners and so, in densely built-up areas, are often laid underground near the tracks.

    “The Luxtram project is the first time we used HIMA safety controllers,” says Stéphane Berthet, Business Unit Manager Light Rail Signaling at Mobility. “We chose them because they comply with the highest safety levels and have already proven themselves in numerous safety-critical applications.”

    Luxtram completed the project six months ahead of schedule during its anticipated two-year timeframe. The open, modular COTS components helped reduce lifecycle costs – they were easy to install, and in-service updates ensure they are kept in sync with the latest technology. “Thanks to the good cooperation with HIMA's safety specialists, we were able to complete the project faster than planned and implement a signaling system that‘s future-proof and offers easy handling,” confirms Berthet.

    Read the full story here: https://www.hima.com/en/industries-solutions/success-stories/success-stories-detail/after-more-than-a-50-year-break-the-tram-is-running-again-with-mobility-hima/

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    news-184 Thu, 28 Jun 2018 10:42:07 +0200 HIMA strengthens its Embedded Solutions business segment with a new Innovation Centre in Kassel https://www.hima.com/en/rss-news-sucess-stories/article/hima-strengthens-its-embedded-solutions-business-segment-with-a-new-innovation-centre-in-kassel On 27 June, HIMA Paul Hildebrandt GmbH inaugurated a new Innovation and Development Centre in Kassel, Germany, where a team of eight will develop new safety solutions based on HIMA's own chip technology under the leadership of Dr. Stefan Gölz, Director Technology Embedded Solutions. By opening this new site in Kassel, HIMA will be substantially enhancing opportunities in the Embedded Solutions segment and underpinning its technology leadership in the safety market. Embedded Solutions is a business segment at HIMA specializing in the development of miniaturized safety solutions. HICore technology is at the heart of the business. It is a safety-system-on-chip: ideal where maximum safety is required but space is very limited. This applies to drive technology, logistics, medical technology, in the energy business, robotics or home care, to only name a few. Companies which implement HIMA's embedded solutions benefit from customized safety technology in very small spaces.
    Locating the HIMA Innovation Centre in FiDT Technology and Start-up Centre in Kassel offers very easy access to the innovation networks in the region and also to other innovation centers in Germany. Furthermore, the Centre's conference and meeting rooms and excellent public transport links provide the ideal infrastructure.
    Steffen Philipp, Managing Partner at HIMA, said at the opening of the new site:  "We are delighted to have founded this Centre for Innovation. We anticipate that it will give a considerable boost to our new Embedded Solutions business segment." Dr. Stefan Gölz added:  "The whole team brings experience in functional safety in the embedded sector. They have also already been involved in a number of different development projects at HIMA through our lengthy collaboration with the University of Kassel."

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    news-181 Tue, 19 Jun 2018 10:34:11 +0200 Frost & Sullivan recognizes HIMA as leader in Asia Pacific’s process safety industry https://www.hima.com/en/rss-news-sucess-stories/article/frost-sullivan-recognizes-hima-as-leader-in-asia-pacifics-process-safety-industry At this year's Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Best Practices Awards, HIMA, the leading independent provider of smart safety solutions, is recognized as the best-in-class company which has continually demonstrated leadership excellence. For this achievement, HIMA is awarded the Growth Excellence Leadership Award for the process safety systems industry. HIMA has consistently shown outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas of leadership and technological innovation for major projects in Asia Pacific. HIMA is continuously investing in research and development to come up with solutions for the digital age.  Many of its products are the first in the world to be certified by TÜV, the global testing and certification company.  Its smart safety solutions for industrial applications are used in various industries, particularly in oil and gas, chemicals, energy and rail.

    “With Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) gaining the attention of major automation systems suppliers, HIMA recognizes the need to increase security levels to protect industrial assets. From providing emergency shutdown systems (ESD) to chemical plants in Malaysia to ensuring the safety of a gas storage facility in Australia, the company allows end users operating different brands to successfully integrate their systems with its own. Establishing itself as an independent process safety solutions provider in more than 50 locations around the world, the HIMA brand is now synonymous with process safety,” said Krishnan Ramanathan, Industry Analyst, Industrial Automation and Process Control, Frost & Sullivan.

    Coincidentally, this year marks the 110th anniversary of the founding of HIMA.  HIMA is playing a major role in shaping safety standards and has driven innovations to develop the market for industrial safety in Asia Pacific.  For example, HIMA has been engaged in work on the INPEX Ichthys LNG Project since 2009 and supplied the safety instrumented system, fire and gas systems, emergency shutdown, high-integrity pressure protection system, among others.  This year, HIMA has signed a long term service contract with INPEX to support the maintenance of the safety instrumented systems.  Operated by INPEX, Japan’s largest exploration and production company, the Ichthys gas field represents the most extensive discovery of hydrocarbon liquids in Australia in more than 50 years.
    “In the year of our 110th anniversary, we are still leading the safety market forward with innovative solutions for the digital industrial age,” says Friedhelm Best, Vice President of HIMA Asia Pacific. “Digitization creates entirely new requirements for plant operators in the industrial sectors. They need solutions that not only protect plants and employees in the event of a disaster, but also effectively counter cyberattacks and boost the long-term profitability of plants. For this digital age, we have pioneered the smart safety solutions.”

    Frost & Sullivan, a global research and consulting company, introduced this premier annual Awards program in 2003 to recognize the outstanding performance and achievement of companies in Asia.  According to Frost & Sullivan, the award recipients were identified based on in-depth research conducted by Frost & Sullivan's analysts. They were evaluated on a variety of actual market performance indicators including revenue growth; market share and growth in market share; leadership in product innovation; marketing strategy and business development strategy.

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    news-178 Tue, 15 May 2018 15:27:12 +0200 HIMA appoints Fabio Lodigiani as Group Vice President Safety Services https://www.hima.com/en/rss-news-sucess-stories/article/hima-appoints-fabio-lodigiani-as-group-vice-president-safety-services HIMA Paul Hildebrandt GmbH has appointed Fabio Lodigiani as head of the Safety Services business segment. As Group Vice President Safety Services, Fabio Lodigiani manages and coordinates the company’s worldwide service activities. HIMA’s lifecycle management and services are concentrated in the newly positioned Safety Services business segment. The aim is to further expand the services portfolio by structural and staff upgrades, enhance the clarity of external communications, and develop innovative services. Fabio Lodigiani reports directly to Sankar Ramakrishnan, CEO of the HIMA group. Fabio Paolo Lodigiani received a degree in electronic engineering from the Polytechnical University of Milan. After completing his studies, he initially worked for various Italian manufacturers active in the automation, software and hardware sectors. In the subsequent six years, Fabio Lodigiani held operational and strategic management positions in sales at E.ON Energy in Milan. Following that he worked in various management positions in the sales organization of leading cable manufacturer NKT Cables for nine years. His most recent position there was Senior Vice President Asset Management, with worldwide responsibility for onshore and offshore services for high-voltage systems.

    “Fabio Lodigiani joins us as a top-class manager for our new Safety Services business segment. He brings over 20 years of experience in sales and support for major international customers. As an expert in the energy sector as well as the oil and gas industry, he is exactly the right person to drive the services business and promote it worldwide,” comments Ramakrishnan. “Tailored services are becoming an increasingly important differentiating factor in global competition. With more than 40 years of experience in safety engineering and a 110-year company history, HIMA has invaluable knowledge and unique expertise. We already offer a wealth of services in the areas of consultation, service and maintenance. Our aim with the newly created position is to globally focus our excellent service and position it even more prominently in the market.”

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    news-177 Mon, 14 May 2018 14:54:02 +0200 After more than a 50-year break: The Tram is running again – with Mobility & HIMA! https://www.hima.com/en/rss-news-sucess-stories/article/after-more-than-a-50-year-break-the-tram-is-running-again-with-mobility-hima Compact commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions make the signaling technology of the Luxembourg city tram fit for the future. Between 1875 and 1964, trams operated in the capital of the small country of Luxembourg, providing passengers with transportation. Then they were shut down. Since last year, the Tram is back. On 10 December 2017 – much faster than planned – operator Luxtram inaugurated the first leg. On a 3.5 km stretch between Luxexpo and Pont Rouge, eight stops were put into operation, including two transfer platforms. As part of a modernization effort, the signal systems along the route were renewed by Mobility and were equipped with powerful safety controls from HIMA. The result: Luxtram was able to significantly increase train frequency and thus the capacity of the Tram.

    Modern safety technology

    Experts estimate that the number of professional commuters in Luxembourg will double by 2030. The reactivation of the tram lines is a measure intended to cope with this high volume. In order for the Tram to be able to resume operations, Luxtram awarded the French rail specialist Mobility, with the target to deploy signalling system in accordance with highest safety requirements: SIL4. Instead of a system with conventional N.S1 relays, plans called for a space-saving solution with programmable logic controllers (PLCs), Mobility took the opportunity to deploy his new concept based on HIMA Safety PLC. At the same time, the plan was to also significantly increase the frequency of the trams in order to increase the number of transported passengers and to ensure the Tram‘s longevity for the future.

    The experts from Mobility worked closely together with the French HIMA branch on the design of the safety technology. The goal was to develop a signaling solution that complies with the SIL4 safety level according to CENELEC and install it directly on the tracks. The solution: modern COTS safety controllers from HIMA.

    Space savings

    Luxtram and Mobility’s decision is in line with the trend: more and more system integrators and railway operators worldwide rely on standardized, open safety systems to meet the requirements of urban transport with the increasing volume of passengers, increasing connectivity, limited installation space and digitalization.

    By using the HIMA technology, Luxtram was able to save substantial space in the track area: the new control cabinets were able to be optimally integrated into the architecture of the stops and transfer platforms. At the LuxExpo stop, the installation of HIMA safety controller solution in compact control cabinet directly on the track saved the costs and issues caused by building of an entire technical room measuring 3 x 7 meters when using old fashion technology. Large technical rooms like those used in traditional relay solutions are not only a major challenge for planners due to the lack of space in urban trams: they are also an additional cost factor when they e.g. need to be laid underground near the tracks in a densely built-up area.

    "The Luxtram project is the first time we used HIMA safety controllers, because they comply with CENELEC SIL4 and have already proven themselves in numerous safety-critical applications," explains Stephane BERTHET, Business Unit Manager Light Rail Signalling at Mobility. "Thanks to the good cooperation with HIMA's safety specialists, we were able to complete the project faster than planned and implement a signaling system that‘s future-proof and offers easy handling."

    The technical details

    PLC instead of relay

    • Three CENELEC SIL4 certified safety controllers type HIMatrix
    • Long-term availability of at least 20 years in terms of spare parts and retrofit
    • The entire tram route can be monitored centrally
    • The Luxtram project was the first tram project with HIMatrix controllers
    • More than 50 axle counters and 150 induction loops were installed on the leg
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    news-175 Tue, 08 May 2018 17:05:20 +0200 Increase Profitability in the LNG Industry with Effective Turbomachinery Control https://www.hima.com/en/rss-news-sucess-stories/article/increase-profitability-in-the-lng-industry-with-effective-turbomachinery-control Turbomachinery plays a vital role in LNG production. However, concerns remain about the safety of such machinery. Uwe Bruckhoff, TMC application manager at HIMA, looks at how to prevent potential hazards – and explores the opportunities of improved turbomachinery safety.

    Accidents related to turbomachinery raise concerns about safety in the LNG industry. Issues such as overspeeding can lead to injuries or, in extreme cases, fatalities. Therefore, turbomachinery operators cannot afford to be lax when it comes to their machinery. Correctly safeguarding turbomachinery actually enables operators to run facilities not only more safely, but also more cost-efficiently and to achieve higher levels of availability. 

    Getting Integration Right Lays the Foundations for Safe Operation

    The first step to ensuring functional safety of turbomachinery at your plant is applying relevant functional safety methodologies. General safety standards, such as IEC 61511, IEC 61508, and ISA84.00.01-2004 also help to reduce the risk of severe accidents. In this way, operators ensure higher plant availability and consequently greater profitability.

    Nonetheless, proper care must be taken when applying safety standards within systems. Many different components – often from several manufacturers – control a turbomachine. This creates complexity due to factors including different wiring and communication protocols, which lead to higher engineering costs. An integrated system, such as HIMax from HIMA, comes into its own in this situation. The FlexSILon TMC safety solution standardizes key aspects of a system by sharing hardware, sensors, or software code, for example. This alleviates the aforementioned issues and streamlines the system. HIMax covers these requirements for integrated, SIL 3 compliant turbomachinery control.

    Keep Things Simple for Consistent Safety

    HIMax enables easy integration of safety and non-safety critical control functions. Electronic overspeed protection is at the core of a turbine’s safety functions. HIMA has developed a module for exactly this, integrated within the HIMax system. The module operates independently and does not interact with the safety system’s CPU.

    Open Communication Results in Greater Flexibility

    As a result, operators can achieve non-stop operation of their turbines over the entire plant lifecycle. Furthermore, this eliminates the need for multiple solutions from multiple manufacturers – making management and operation significantly easier. The HIMA solution supports open communication and external connection based on manufacturer-independent standards. Consequently, operators are not restricted by vendor lock-in, and the FlexSILon TMC system can be integrated into an existing automation environment. The result: Simplified communication that is less prone to failure.

    Become Safer. Become More Profitable.

    By utilizing integrated turbomachinery control and monitoring, operators can consistently fulfill functional safety requirements and standards. At the same time, LNG production also becomes more operationally efficient. By not operating multiple disparate and hard-to-wire solutions, operators can reduce costs and complexity. When it comes to controlling safety-critical functions, the ultimate aim is “partitioned integration”. Operators can achieve this by creating the system using independent functional safety modules with specialized hardware and software where relevant.

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    news-174 Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:02:00 +0200 Smart Rail Summit: “COTS Has Long Been in Operation Worldwide” https://www.hima.com/en/rss-news-sucess-stories/article/smart-rail-summit-cots-has-long-been-in-operation-worldwide It was the first event of its kind: At the HIMA Smart Rail Summit 2018, system integrators and OEMs discussed the challenges for the global rail industry. The bottom line? A smart partnership will determine the business success of tomorrow.

    “I’ve worked in signal technology since 1983”, explains Dr. Dejan Lutovac to around 100 participants at the Smart Rail Summit in Mannheim. “And I can now finally develop what I’ve always wanted to develop.” It is astonishing that a speech about commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) controllers could be as personal and moving as that of the Serbian engineer. On the other hand, this did not come as a surprise to some. Many system integrators now also share similar sentiments to Lutovac, director and owner of Signalling & Control d.o.o. For decades, they had to decide whether to work with inflexible, proprietary controllers or use outdated relay technology. “That [relay technology] was actually already obsolete when I went to university,” says Lutovac. The expertise of engineers and consultants could never be used to its full potential with rigid systems.


    Successful COTS Projects from Russia to Australia

    There is a real will to rethink and improve established models for rail safety, and this was evident at the first HIMA Smart Rail Summit in Mannheim. The participants came from all over the world, and they all brought their own stories with them. Many presented real-life projects successfully running on HIMA controllers. 

    Neil Popplewell, Technical Director of Rail Control Systems Australia, explained which central challenge the attendees share: the perception of COTS technology on the market. “Customers previously thought that standard controllers had a short lifecycle or wouldn’t be able to deal with future requirements,” says Popplewell. He believes that the opposite is true and that this must now be communicated to the market – something that can only be achieved by collaborating and exchanging knowledge.    

    Knowledge Exchange between Rail Experts Is a Success Factor 

    HIMA realizes this too, explains Sedat Sezgün, Group Vice President of the Rail Business Segment. He believes that in recent years, COTS has emerged as a global movement in the rail segment. To benefit from this momentum, a smart partnership between HIMA, system integrators, and OEMS is now required. It’s important to “exchange ideas, share experiences, and learn from best practices,” says Sezgün.  

    Sezgün clearly expressed what many present already had in mind, and a live survey involving all participants proved his point. According to the study, 64 percent would like support in accessing new markets. More than half believe synchronized marketing activities to be helpful. A total of 85 percent of people asked see clear benefits of a HIMA-organized user group for COTS. “We will now evaluate how we can apply this feedback to actual projects,” says Sezgün. 

    Digitization and Standardization as Megatrends 

    There were definitely enough topics for the rail experts to discuss. The attendees spoke about future trends in the sector as well. The presentation on the EULYNX project by Frits Makkinga from Movares generated significant interest. EULYNX should be a universal interface standard for the rail industry that could standardize signaling technology throughout Europe. 

    However, for Wolfgang Kanovsky, CTO at RDCS Informationstechnologie GmbH, the future lies in virtual stations. Thanks to fiber optic cable deployment along the track, it will soon no longer be necessary to install safety systems where the object that has to be secured is located – at signal boxes or at a level crossing, for example.  

    Whether it’s inspiration or exchanging practical experience, the Smart Rail Summit was beneficial for all participants. It’s now about converting the motivating talks into actions, just as Dejan Lutovac has done. “For a small company, it is difficult to get approval for a safety solution,” he explains. “With its SIL 4 systems, HIMA came along at the right time.”  

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    news-172 Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:15:08 +0200 First ever Smart Rail Summit: HIMA hosts international conference for users in the railway industry https://www.hima.com/en/rss-news-sucess-stories/article/first-ever-smart-rail-summit-hima-hosts-international-conference-for-users-in-the-railway-industry From April 11-12, 2018, HIMA has hosted for the first time a conference for users in the global railway industry – the Smart Rail Summit. During the invitation-only event, about 100 participants from more than 20 countries discussed the current and future challenges of rail safety technology. The main question was how open, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions can support users in the railway industry in securing decisive competitive advantages with innovative business models. The two-day conference, held in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Mannheim, Germany, under the banner “Off the Shelf, On the Rise”, reflected the growing significance of open safety systems in the railway industry. On first day, the focus was on the trends driving the railway industry worldwide. In that respect, digitization was regarded as particularly crucial for future development. The challenges of this complex issue include autonomous trains, increasing networking, and growing cybercrime. Social and economic trends, such as urbanization, changing transportation requirements and increasingly stringent environmental regulations, were also outlined.

    All of these factors are presently leading to a change in the railway industry, which is massively investing in the expansion and modernization of infrastructure and is driving digitization worldwide. In response to the most urgent trends, executives from HIMA presented the solutions the safety specialist offers to assist the railway industry in developing innovative and future-proof business models while being compliant with the highest CENELEC safety standard (SIL4) at the same time.

    The second day was fully dedicated to applications. Leading railway companies presented use cases where COTS technology already forms the basis for future-ready, cost-effective and cyber-secure solutions. The various best practices demonstrated that compared to proprietary systems, deployment of standard safety controllers gives users unmistakable added value in terms of profitability, handling and future-proofness.

    Along with the two conference days packed with a wealth of opportunities for networking and knowledge transfer, the supporting program of the Smart Rail Summit provided an informal evening event in the prestigious Eichenstolz event location near Mannheim. Furthermore, at the end of the first day guest speaker Ilja Grzeskowitz talked about change management in an entertaining manner. The goal was to prepare the attending experts for the imminent change process in the railway industry under the headline of “Changing the Game.” Using humorous anecdotes, striking practical examples and exciting insights, he showed the audience the best way to deal with minor and major changes in their everyday life.

    “The interest in the Smart Rail Summit was enormous and the event has been fully booked within just a few days,” says Sedat Sezgün, Group Vice President Business Segment Rail at HIMA. "Our first-ever held user conference has shown that the trend in the railway industry is clearly heading away from proprietary safety systems and towards open standard solutions. Feedback from the users clearly indicates that with COTS and HIMA as a strong partner, the railway industry is well prepared to meet the challenges of digitization.”

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    news-167 Tue, 27 Mar 2018 13:04:58 +0200 ACHEMA 2018: HIMA merges safety and security on a single technology platform https://www.hima.com/en/rss-news-sucess-stories/article/achema-2018-hima-merges-safety-and-security-on-a-single-technology-platform At this year's ACHEMA trade fair in Frankfurt (Germany), HIMA is exhibiting their Smart Safety Platform under the motto “Discover Safecurity”. This is the world's first integrated solution that combines safety and security by uniformly tailoring hardware and software to each other. That enables operators to significantly reduce the complexity of their systems and buy only what they actually need. The platform also supports integration of existing systems, enabling lower operating costs and very high security of investment. The platform concept works this way: HIMA and the user jointly select the appropriate hardware and software components and install them in the plants. Existing HIMA solutions can continue to be used or be upgraded to the latest generation. By migrating to this platform, plant operators fulfill all essential safety standards. The proprietary self-contained operating system of the safety controllers minimizes the risk of cyberattacks. Backward-compatible software and hardware updates make the system highly future-proof and keep plant safety and security constantly up to date.

    The uniform hardware and software basis of the Smart Safety Platform reduces the effort and expense necessary for operation and maintenance of safety systems. It also simplifies extensions and system modifications. Both localized and centralized concepts can be implemented flexibly with the platform.
    An important component of the Smart Safety Platform is HIMA’s new HIQuad X safety system, which fills the gap between the high-performance HIMax and the HIMatrix, which is designed for smaller applications. All HIMA controllers are now united in the new Smart Safety Platform. They can communicate with each other over SafeEthernet, and they have a uniform operating system and the same programming environment. Plant operators receive a scalable solution that enables them to meet the complete safety and security requirements of a full range of applications, from small individual systems to the complex architectures of large plants, in a need-oriented manner.

    “In the year of our 110th anniversary, our Smart Safety Platform shows that we are still driving the safety market forward with innovative solutions for the digital industrial age,” says Stefan Basenach, Group Vice President Segment Process of the HIMA Group. “Digitization creates entirely new requirements for plant operators in the chemical and petrochemical industry. They need solutions that not only protect plants and employees in the event of a disaster, but also effectively counter cyberattacks and boost the long-term profitability of plants. We have introduced this paradigm shift with the new technology platform – that is what we call ‘Smart Safety’,” says Basenach.

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    news-163 Mon, 26 Feb 2018 14:27:07 +0100 Proactive security concepts instead of reactive defense: safety and security in industrial plants needs rethinking https://www.hima.com/en/rss-news-sucess-stories/article/proactive-security-concepts-instead-of-reactive-defense-safety-and-security-in-industrial-plants-ne The future of the process industry is digital, and this trend is being driven worldwide under the banners of Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things (IoT). Digitization creates many opportunities for plant operators to enhance efficiency, increase flexibility and make their plants future-proof. However, people often overlook the fact that there is also a downside: threats to plant security arising from digitization, especially as a result of rapidly growing and increasingly sophisticated cyber criminality. This article explains why the process industry needs to switch from passive to active defense mode for cybersecurity and what it must do to ensure plant security in the digital era. In late 2017 the industrial control system (ICS) cybersecurity specialist Dragos announced that a safety controller (SIS) from a HIMA competitor deployed in a process facility in the Middle East had been targeted by a new malware attack and successfully hacked. Apparently, the aim of the attacker was to disable the safety functions of the system, which did not succeed due to programming errors.  The safety instrumented system (SIS) was compromised and did exactly what it was supposed to: it initiated a system shutdown. Nevertheless, the professional execution of the attack shows all too clearly how seriously plant operators need to take the issue of cybersecurity. This cyberattack also represents a new dimension of cyberthreats to critical infrastructure. According to current knowledge, it was specifically planned and designed to target the SIS of the manufacturer concerned. That sort of attack on an SIS is very demanding and requires significant effort. It is the fifth publicly known ICS incident to date, following Stuxnet, Havex, Blackenergy2 and Crashoverride. The importance of this attack can hardly be overestimated, because it was the first successful attack on a safety instrumented system – which is the last line of defense against a potentially catastrophic impact.

    According to present knowledge, the attacker benefited from a significant factor: at the time of the cyberattack the SIS had been put in programming mode by a key switch. In an orderly configuration with the controller in run mode, where program changes are not possible, the attackers would have faced a much more difficult challenge. No other attacks on the same type of SIS are currently known.

    The concept of safety is changing
    The incident should serve as a wake-up call to heighten awareness of cybersecurity in the industry. Although only a particular system was attacked, the incident marks a turning point for plant security. In the future the focus must be on the interaction of safety and security. The SIS in the above example differs significantly from HIMA safety systems with regard to design philosophy and technology, so it is unlikely that the HIMA systems are also susceptible to the same cyberattack. However, it is clear that no SIS manufacturer can now or in the future promise a solution that is absolutely and always safe with regard to all eventualities and risks.

    That is primarily because work processes and organizational deficiencies are still by far the most common targets for successful cyberattacks. For example, system interfaces that remain open during normal operation and can be used to alter program code give attackers a potential access point. As a consequence of this cyberattack, plant operators are strongly advised to not rely solely on cybersecure components, but instead to define an integral security concept for their own systems and consistently implement it in cooperation with manufacturers.

    Safety-oriented automation solutions in industrial plants must now encompass more than just safe emergency shutdown (ESD); they must also provide effective protection against cyberattacks. This leads to a paradigm shift: Previously, automated systems only had to be designed for safety and then simply checked periodically to verify the initially defined risk reduction. In the future, safety solutions must be regularly adjusted and extended in the interest of security. This paradigm shift affects providers and operators of components for safety instrumented systems in equal measure.

    This totally alters the perception of safety solutions. A core aspect of modern safety solutions must be the ability to fend off cyberattacks in order to avoid costly shutdowns. This makes SIS an even more significant factor for plant profitability.

    Standards compliance and level separation as a basis

    A welcome trend is that companies in the process industry are increasingly recognizing the importance of safety and security standards for the safety and economic viability of their plants. However, there are still companies that are not using fully standards-compliant SIS. That means they run a significantly higher risk of lost production and harm to people and the environment. To achieve maximum safety and security, it is especially important for plant operators to implement the requirement of the standards for functional safety and automation security (IEC 61511 and IEC 62443) for physical separation between safety instrumented systems (SIS) and process control systems (BPCS).

    Standards compliance is a key aspect of defense against cyberattacks. According to IEC 61511, safety instrumented systems and process control systems can only be regarded as independent safety levels if they are based on different platforms, development bases and philosophies. In concrete terms, this means that the system architecture must fundamentally be designed to prevent the simultaneous use of components of the process control system level and the safety level without a detailed safety analysis. Without clear separation, patches implemented in the process control system could, for example, influence functions of the integrated safety system. That can have fatal consequences. An equally problematic situation arises when a successful cyberattack on the process control system via the office PC of an employee leads to compromising the integrated safety system, with the result that functional safety and basic cybersecurity are also compromised. As can be seen from many of the above-mentioned examples of successful cyberattacks, the link between office IT and the production system always represents an extreme weakness. An attack on an integrated SIS/BPCS system is thus considerably easier than an attack on a stand-alone SIS.

    There is a lot at stake in the event of a successful cyberattack. In the worst case it can impair plant safety, with incalculable consequences for the health of employees, the material assets of the company, and the environment. Cybersecurity insurance policies, which enable companies to at least partially protect themselves against financial losses from cyberattacks, are starting to emerge. However, it is questionable whether the plant operator’s insurance coverage would be fully effective in the absence of compliance with applicable standards or if blatant security deficiencies can be proven. Cybersecurity insurance demands clear risk assessments in plants, based on applicable standards, as otherwise insurance is not possible or not financially viable. Plant operation is only reliable when plant operators systematically implement cybersecurity measures, such as separation of protection levels, in addition to functional safety.

    Proactive cybersecurity is necessary
    Rapidly growing and increasingly professional cyber criminality compels both manufacturers of safety solutions and their users in the process industry to pursue proactive cybersecurity policies and establish integral safety concepts. As part of risk assessment, plant operators must weigh the financial expenditures for effective safety and security concepts against the costs of potential shutdowns, which can easily run into the millions. The money invested in cybersecurity, usually only a fraction of the cost of a shutdown, is not wasted – instead, it safeguards the productivity of the entire plant.

    As a user, you can opt for the best possible defense by using safety instrumented systems with the fewest possible vulnerabilities. For example, a dedicated operating system specifically developed for safety-oriented applications runs on HIMA’s autonomous SIS controllers. It includes all functions of a safety PLC and omits all other unnecessary functions. There are no software components from third-party software packages and no built-in back doors. That renders typical attacks on IT systems ineffective. The operating systems of the controllers are tested for resistance to cyberattacks during the software development process. That is also ensured by security certification of the development process and by the development processes necessary for functional safety, such as the two-person principle.

    However, for plant operators it is not enough to rely on standards-compliant hardware and software. Cybersecurity is a never-ending task, and it must be developed jointly by plant operators and safety specialists in the conceptual design of new plants or prior to update measures. The minimum requirement for existing plants is an exact analysis of potential cybersecurity weaknesses. Along with technical measures, users must also implement organizational measures, because no existing technology can provide complete protection against new forms of attack. Consequently, there is a strong need for periodic checking of internal networks and communications systems, for example by penetration tests carried out by independent parties.

    In other industries it is now common practice to allocate fixed budget amounts for recurrent safety and security audits. In these audits, external specialists conduct threat tests to thoroughly examine internal cybersecurity measures, with the objective of identifying and eliminating weaknesses. This amounts to proactively employing hackers to find potential vulnerabilities that could be exploited by other hackers.
    The results of these tests should be used to boost safety measures in the entire industry to a uniform and effective level. Associations and the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) can assist in this. The latter has already published helpful documents on the subject of cybersecurity in industrial control systems from the perspective of manufacturers and plant operators.

    Good safety technology is not enough
    The human factor is the most frequent source of cyber risks. That includes not only targeted cyberattacks aimed at disrupting production processes or stealing industrial secrets, but also disruptions that can arise from inattention. For safety-oriented systems, the usual cybersecurity rules are even more important because the SIS represents the last line of defense against a potential catastrophe. Protection against human penetration, whether intentional or unintentional, is therefore especially important. Consequently, a comprehensive security concept includes aspects such as specific access protection, physical safeguarding, or checking the plausibility of changes. Here technology can and must form the basis for taking the pressure off people.

    It is also important to constantly be aware of possible means of manipulation and take them into account. In this regard, safety-critical applications are fundamentally different from other industrial PLC or office applications. Considerable expertise is necessary to ensure security in safety applications. This is a major challenge, especially for relatively small enterprises. Consequently, maintaining and constantly refining security often poses a nearly insurmountable hurdle for plant operators. It is therefore advisable – as with the previously mentioned threat tests – to draw on the services of experienced safety and security experts in order to jointly develop and implement effective concepts. Currently one of the major threats is “spear phishing” – the targeted spying out of access data for protected systems. Once employee passwords become known, launching a cyberattack is child's play. Nevertheless, plant operators should never regard their employees as the weakest link in the cybersecurity chain. Instead, they should engage all employees and encourage them to become familiar with the issue of IT security and be part of an effective proactive cybersecurity strategy.

    Loss or damage that arises from the action of an employee should be considered a system issue. Such loss or damage should demonstrate the necessity to fill knowledge gaps and familiarize employees with threat scenarios, such as known social engineering strategies. Extensive programs for security training and increasing employee awareness are thus an essential component of a proactive safety concept.

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    news-161 Fri, 09 Feb 2018 10:34:48 +0100 Holistic Approach for a secure last line of defense https://www.hima.com/en/rss-news-sucess-stories/article/holistic-approach-for-a-secure-last-line-of-defense At the ARC Industry Forum which was held in Orlando, Florida, from February 12 – 15, HIMA presented its comprehensive functional safety concept which offers maximum security by expanding the scope from the safety instrumented sycstem to its security-relevant environment. The future of the process industry is digital. Digitization holds many opportunities for plant operators to enhance efficiency, increase flexibility and make their plants future-proof. At the same time, the growing level of automation and connectivity can be a door-opener for serious threats to plant security. In recent years, large-scale professional cyberattacks and chip hardware vulnerabilities affecting industrial plants around the globe have clearly shown the need for the process industry to take cybersecurity seriously. At the ARC Industry Forum, HIMA safety experts explained why plant operators should implement a holistic functional safety approach that ensures plant security in times of increasing cybercrime.

    In late 2017 a safety controller deployed in a Middle East process facility was successfully hacked. The safety instrumented system (SIS) was compromised and initiated a plant shutdown. While no damage or injuries occurred, the incident should serve as a wake-up call to heighten awareness of cybersecurity in the industry as it was the first publicly-known successful attack on a safety instrumented system – which is the last line of defense in any process plant. Furthermore, critical hardware vulnerabilities affecting most modern processors have recently been identified. Attack modes such as Meltdown and Spectre exploited these in order to steal data from computers all around the world.

    “In both of the above-mentioned cases, HIMA safety controllers were not affected. But we take these incidents very seriously and work hard to always be one step ahead,” Dr. Alexander Horch, Vice President Research, Development & Product Management at HIMA comments: “It is important to note that there is no such thing as 100% guaranteed safety or security. But by choosing the HIMA holistic functional safety approach which protects the core SIS as well as its environment, plant operators get the maximum level of safety and security possible.”

    The purpose of modern functional safety solutions is to reduce safety and security risks to a minimum. Therefore, a holistic approach is needed which not only includes the core SIS (final control elements, logic solver incl. I/O module and sensors), but also its environment like the engineering station, asset management tools (AMS) and handhelds as well as field entry panels and HMIs. By complementing the SIS with the “HIMA Security Environment for Functional Safety,” this approach takes all important security-relevant aspects of industrial control systems (ICS) into account. These include the five following areas: Controller hardware and firmware, engineering toolkit, PC infrastructure, communication infrastructure and lifecycle management.

    In terms of firmware, a dedicated operating system specifically developed for safety-critical applications runs on HIMA safety controllers. The HIMA firmware, which is 100% HIMA software, provides an extremely low software error rate and has no backdoors implemented. It is impossible to access the program code during operation as application programs run within a container and no other parts of the CPU firmware can be accessed. On the hardware side, unused Ethernet ports can be disabled and/or locked physically. Thanks to the total separation of SIS and basic process control functions and systems (BPCS) according to the requirements of the standards for functional safety (IEC 61511) and automation security (IEC 62443), no common cause failures can occur.

    When it comes to the engineering, HIMA works with its own, single-purpose engineering tool SILworX, again 100% HIMA software. This solution offers various security features such as two-factor authentication for project and controller data, a well-defined user management including security admin role as well as functional blocks with password protection (locking/read-only), just to name a few. By monitoring the application program via system variables, SILworX is even able to detect changes and to issue an alarm in case unauthorized changes are made.
    Also, the communication infrastructure has to be secured. The HIMA security environment relies on the proprietary protocol for controller communication SafeEthernet, and the communication stack is Achilles certified by Wurldtech. Separated protection layers between CPU and COM modules lead to an absence of feedback. Networks are clearly separated via firewalls and demilitarized zones, and the controller is tap-proofed to prevent ARP spoofing.

    For an effective cyber-defense, the PC infrastructure should be set up with a secure BIOS management, reduced access rights and with only the required Windows services activated. Office laptops should not be used as engineering stations. The engineering station should be kept completely separate. The PCs should feature an intelligent password management system and work with a minimal set of application programs only.

    Last but not least, the lifecycle management has to take security into account, too. HIMA safety systems have received various security certifications such as Achilles, ISASecure, EDSA and TUV. The ISO 27001 certification for HIMA’s information security management systems (ISMS) is ongoing. HIMA also carries out penetration tests together with customers, service providers and universities. Development takes place in a dedicated network, and access to source codes is strictly restricted and supervised. In standardization organizations like IEC and OpenGroup, HIMA experts are proactively driving safety and security standardization forward.

    “Security is an integral part of HIMA services and engineering. In addition to cyber-secure hardware and software, we provide security awareness training, basic security checks of HIMA safety systems, product security training and security lifecycle services,” explains Dr. Horch.

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    news-154 Thu, 25 Jan 2018 11:25:23 +0100 HIMA Security Advisory TRISIS/TRITON https://www.hima.com/en/rss-news-sucess-stories/article/hima-security-advisory-trisistriton At the end of 2017, the world's first successful hacker attack on a safety instrumented system (SIS) was discovered. Malware in a programming station (PC) modified older Triconex safety instrumented systems manufactured by Schneider Electric during ongoing operation. To do this, the programming station was manipulated in such a way that the usual programming function was used to exchange a user program fragment in the Triconex SIS. This modification put the SIS into a safe state. We suspect that the aim of the attack was more than to simply stop the SIS. Rather, it can be assumed that this was supposed to result in a crash. This malware is known as "TRISIS" or "TRITON" (hereafter referred to as "TRISIS"). Are HIMA products affected by TRISIS?
    TRISIS has been very deliberately developed for a specific purpose. An analysis of the software has revealed that TRISIS specifically targets Triconex 3008 processors. Not even other Triconex customers are likely to be affected, let alone customers using SIS from other manufacturers. The analysis suggests that modifying the attack to infiltrate other SIS would be the same as redesigning the malware.

    How can I tell if my HIMA controller has changed?
    During the attack, code parts were selected in ongoing operation and were then modified and rewritten in the SIS. Since no code can be selected from the SIS in HIMA systems, the complete user program would have to be known, modified and reloaded into the SIS for a similar attack to occur. In the process, the checksum of the user program would change. Since this checksum for safety-related acceptance must be known and documented, it is easy to check for changes.

    Is there a way around the read-only mode?

    This would require there to be a so-called backdoor, for example some kind of "hidden developer access". A backdoor is not available for HIMA products. Access to HIMA systems during ongoing operation is only possible with the correct password, the correct port and authorized write access.

    What support can HIMA offer?
    HIMA documents all security-relevant settings and operating conditions in a cybersecurity manual. For this purpose, HIMA offers security training courses for the HIMA product range. In addition, HIMA offers a "Smart Safety Security Check" service, where safety installation is individually tested to ensure correct parameterization and is then optimized, if necessary. Furthermore, HIMA carries out security assessments on behalf of its customers.

    How can HIMA ensure that HIMA systems cannot be compromised in the future?

    HIMA has always been committed to high-quality developments because of its focus on safety. We always have these developments certified by an independent third party. In 2017, HIMA also obtained a cybersecurity certification for the HIMax system. At the same time, the existing processes for security were certified as well. These processes also ensure the best possible protection from risk of cyberattacks in the future.

    How can you reduce the risk of malware spreading?
    We recommend that you divide systems into various zones and to control their transitions (conduits) in order to deny unauthorized persons access. This affects both physical access and logical access via networks. The TRISIS attack clearly shows that safety systems, as the final layer of protection for functional safety, should be built separately from all other systems. Only in this way can the above-mentioned dedicated, controllable transitions (conduits) be created. This concept, where there are different levels of protection, is known as "Defense in Depth".

    What can the industry learn from this attack?
    Security must be taken more seriously in a safety environment. That does not mean you should panic. Rather, this circumstance proves that systematically using the technical and organizational possibilities that are currently available would have prevented this attack. This was not an attack on Triconex, but a wake-up call to the entire automation industry.

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    news-148 Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:42:00 +0100 Rail 4.0: Digital Transformation in the Rail Sector https://www.hima.com/en/rss-news-sucess-stories/article/rail-40-digital-transformation-in-the-rail-sector In the rail industry, processes and components are becoming increasingly digital. Therefore, safety controllers are designed with a focus on critical applications, such as railroad crossings, signal boxes, and rail carriages. Sedat Sezgün, group vice president for the rail segment at HIMA, speaks about the benefits of COTS controllers in the digital age. Mr. Sezgün, we are seeing an increasing number of people using public transport in densely populated areas. At the same time, operators are coming under more pressure in terms of costs due to infrastructure budgets decreasing and expenses for modernization rising. How can the rail industry deal with these challenges?

    Sedat Sezgün: We advise rail operators to use open, commercial off-the-shelf systems. The controllers are mass produced and are used in many different sectors. Furthermore, open ports allow for expansion when required. Since they are composed of standardized components, COTS systems are significantly more cost efficient than proprietary systems.  

    Many rail operators still use proprietary systems. Why should they make the change to COTS solutions?

    Proprietary safety technology is often overly complicated. Operators who choose to utilize COTS solutions gain greater flexibility, such as the freedom to choose a supplier for components. Spare parts are also globally available at short notice and are easy to install. Our safety controllers HIMax and HIMatrix enable this, and are therefore more cost effective than conventional technology. With COTS solutions from HIMA, you can secure electronic signal boxes, level crossings, sensor-monitored automatic door systems, electronically controlled anti-slide and anti-skid systems, safety control stands, and remote controls. Not only this, you also ensure that your systems are future proof.   

    In the current climate, organizations must increasingly protect their systems and products from cyberattacks. What can rail operators do to achieve this?

    You should restrict opportunities for people to access systems as much as possible and implement closed safety systems. HIMA controllers are suitable for this task, as they run their own operating systems for safety applications. This includes all typical functions of a safety PLC, but doesn’t consist of additional functionalities. Furthermore, our distributed control systems and safety systems are independent of one another. This means that if the communication processor is attacked, operation safely continues.

    Many railway networks are outdated and require comprehensive modernization. How can rail transport prepare for the future?

    For the rail industry to be able to compete with other traffic and transport networks in the long run, we recommend replacing outdated technology with more efficient, automated processes. One way to do this is to adopt cost-efficient COTS controllers from HIMA. They can be used in almost any industry as they have the distinct benefit of an operating system that provides interfaces to all important communication protocols. Moreover, the fully integrated configuration, programming, and diagnostics tool Silworx uses all standard industrial programming languages. It also provides cybersecurity by protecting against manipulations and user errors, while restricting unauthorized access to critical function blocks.

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    news-156 Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:06:00 +0100 Keeping Safety Systems Up to Date with Safety Services from HIMA https://www.hima.com/en/rss-news-sucess-stories/article/keeping-safety-systems-up-to-date-with-safety-services-from-hima When organizations plan a turnaround for the maintenance of their plant, safety engineers also have to get involved with the work. They ensure that safety systems reliably provide functional safety after the turnaround is completed. With any project as extensive as a plant turnaround, safety experts start preparing months in advance. This was also the case for OMV in Schwechat, Austria. By law, the oil and gas corporation is required to disassemble and inspect its petrochemical refinery every six years. In 2017, a total of 3,500 technicians from more than 50 partner organizations were on site to carry out the tasks involved in the turnaround. 19 safety experts from HIMA played an active role in the project.

    Checking and Modernizing Safety Controllers
    Those involved with the turnaround in Schwechat faced the enormous task of shutting down the entire plant to perform checks and then restarting it – all within just seven weeks. The biggest challenge in such a large-scale project is ensuring that each task is clearly coordinated and performed in a timely manner. The safety engineers from HIMA have to bring their expert knowledge for a wide range of safety systems on site, including older ones.  

    Utilizing Downtime to Make Safety Technology Fit for the Future
    The focus of large projects like the OMV turnaround is to complete as much work as possible in the shortest possible time frame. “The refinery is very demanding in terms of technology. As an external partner, we had to completely immerse ourselves in this world. Our decades of experience made a huge contribution to the success of the project,” says Fabio Lodigiani, group vice president for safety services at HIMA. Over the course of seven weeks, 61 HIMA safety systems underwent a general inspection. Thanks to excellent project preparation and the large-scale deployment of HIMA engineers on site, the required work was completed even earlier than initially planned.

    Why Should You Opt for Safety Services from HIMA?
    Plant operators rely on safety services from HIMA to give them access to safety experts across the globe. Additionally, the necessary expertise for maintenance and service tasks for older safety solutions is available for the long term. 

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    news-147 Fri, 12 Jan 2018 09:12:21 +0100 Following the world's first successful hacker attack on a safety controller, HIMA elucidates the new cyberthreat https://www.hima.com/en/rss-news-sucess-stories/article/following-the-worlds-first-successful-hacker-attack-on-a-safety-controller-hima-elucidates-the-new In late 2017 the ICS cybersecurity specialist Dragos announced that a safety controller (SIS) of a HIMA competitor in a process facility in the Middle East had been targeted by a new malware attack and successfully hacked. The SIS was compromised, leading to a shutdown of the facility. The professional execution of the attack again clearly shows that facility operators need to take the subject of cybersecurity very seriously. HIMA, a leading global independent vendor of smart safety solutions for the process industry, therefore offers to provide expert consulting on the subject of cybersecurity in safety-critical systems. The above-mentioned cyberattack represents a new dimension of cyberthreats to critical infrastructure. According to current knowledge, it was specifically planned and designed to target the SIS of a particular manufacturer. This sort of attack on a SIS, the first ever seen worldwide, is very sophisticated and only possible with significant effort.

    Dr Alexander Horch, Vice President Research, Development & Product Management at HIMA, comments: “The incident with our competitor should serve as a wake-up call for all of us and further enhance awareness of the subject of cybersecurity in the industry. Work processes and organizational deficiencies are by far the most common areas of vulnerability for successful cyberattacks. System interfaces that remain open during operation and can be used to program the systems concerned, for example, give attackers a potential point of access. We urgently advise facility operators to not rely solely on cybersafe components, but instead to establish a comprehensive security concept for their own facilities.”

    To achieve maximum safety and security, it is especially important for facility operators to implement the requirements of the standards for functional safety and automation security (IEC 61511 and IEC 62443) for physical separation between process control systems and safety and security systems.

    In addition to providing automation solutions conforming to relevant national and international standards, HIMA supports plant engineers and operators in developing security concepts for the entire life cycle.

    “For facility operators it is important to constantly keep an eye on potential forms of manipulation. In this regard, safety-critical applications are fundamentally different from other industrial PLC or Office applications. Considerable expertise is necessary to ensure cybersecurity in safety applications. Maintaining and constantly refining security often poses a challenge to facility operators. It is therefore advisable to draw on the services of experienced safety and security experts in order to jointly develop and implement effective concepts”, says Heiko Schween, a security expert at HIMA.

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    news-145 Tue, 09 Jan 2018 13:10:48 +0100 HIMA supports safe and secure operations at INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG https://www.hima.com/en/rss-news-sucess-stories/article/hima-supports-safe-and-secure-operations-at-inpex-operated-ichthys-lng As a leading independent provider of smart safety solutions, HIMA has signed a long term service contract with INPEX to support the maintenance of the safety instrumented systems at the Ichthys LNG Project in Australia. HIMA is stepping up to provide a comprehensive safety service framework. HIMA has been engaged in work on the Ichthys LNG Project since 2009 and supplied the safety instrumented system, fire and gas systems, emergency shutdown, high-integrity pressure protection system, among others. Moving into the operational stage, HIMA is now continuing the relationship with INPEX on the Ichthys LNG Project, having secured a long term service contract. HIMA will be responsible for supporting INPEX in maintaining the safety instrumented systems on Ichthys LNG including the supply of parts, and services to ensure that the safety system is permanently operating at its optimum.

    Operated by INPEX, Japan’s largest exploration and production company, the Ichthys gas field represents the most extensive discovery of hydrocarbon liquids in Australia in more than 50 years.  The Ichthys LNG development includes both offshore and onshore facilities consisting of a floating production storage and offloading vessel, central processing facility and onshore LNG plant, with an accompanying 890 kilometres of subsea pipeline. 

    The INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG is expected to produce up to 8.9 million tons of LNG and 1.6 million tons of LPG at peak annually, with up to 100,000 barrels of condensate per day at peak. 

    Speaking on the contract win, Friedhelm Best, Vice President of HIMA Asia Pacific, said: “For HIMA, the signing of the long term service contract for the safety system represents a key milestone and major success for us.  We are extremely pleased to be able to take this relationship with the INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG Project into the next operational stage. 

    “Now, we are facing a different set of challenges in ensuring that the operation is running safely round the clock without any interruption.  HIMA also contributes towards secure operations in line with INPEX’s requirements.” 

    Touching on the collaboration with HIMA, INPEX’s Graham Ison, ‎Operations Principal Instrument and Control Engineer, said: “As we get closer to the plant start up and into the operational phase, we have signed a long term service contract with HIMA to support the maintenance of the safety instrumented systems across Ichthys LNG. This contract is important to us as we look forward to safe, reliable and efficient operations.” 

    Finally speaking on his experience on the close cooperation with the INPEX Operations team in Australia, Bhushan Sathe, HIMA’s National Sales Manager in Australia said “This is only the start of the journey for us to contribute towards the safe operation of Ichthys LNG over its expected life.”

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    news-143 Tue, 09 Jan 2018 08:55:05 +0100 Secure oil supply: HIMA protects Europe’s biggest petroleum pipeline https://www.hima.com/en/rss-news-sucess-stories/article/secure-oil-supply-hima-protects-europes-biggest-petroleum-pipeline HIMA is upgrading the safety systems of the Transalpine Pipeline to the latest state of the art. The Transalpine Pipeline operated by the TAL Group runs north from the harbour in Trieste (Italy) over the Alps and is one of the safest, most reliable and most important petroleum supply systems in Europe. With a total length of 753 km, it supplies a large part of energy needs in Germany (40%), Austria (90%) and the Czech Republic (50%). In 2016 alone, the Transalpine Pipeline transported 41.4 million tonnes of crude oil from the coast of northern Italy to these three countries. The amount of crude oil carried daily corresponds on average to about 10,000 tanker lorry trips. HIMA initially modernized the safety technology of the pipeline in 1997, and two decades later the Brühl-based experts are again updating the safety systems to the latest state of the art.

    Dual modernization

    In 2013 the TAL Group decided to further modernize the safety systems of the Transalpine Pipeline. During this modernization, the safety controllers in the terminal, pumping, pressure relief and transfer stations are being replaced by SIL-3 certified HIMax controllers, and HIMatrix (SIL 3) safety systems are being deployed in the valve stations. Along with functional safety, the future-proof safety systems provide a high degree of cybersecurity, thanks in part to their independence from the process control system.

    Twenty years ago, the Brühl-based safety experts replaced the existing pipeline safety systems with modern HIMA safety controllers. Since then these controllers have provided for reliable crude oil transport over the Alps, as well as Transalpine Pipeline compliance with extremely stringent safety demands. The HIMA systems ensure emergency shutdown (ESD) of the pipeline and help to keep the pipe pressure within the specified limits. If an incident occurs, for example a pump outage, the resulting pressure increase is counteracted by the targeted release of oil into pressure relief tanks.

    Double protection

    To ensure high availability, the pipeline terminal station in Ingolstadt was equipped with distributed redundant safety systems located in different control rooms. This allows even the total outage of a control room, for example due to fire, to be accommodated. The sophisticated safety concept takes every conceivable hazard situation into account. Even in the event of a total outage of the Ingolstadt terminal station, the Transalpine Pipeline can continue operating safely under remote control from systems in Trieste and Munich.

    “Safety is about prevention, qualification, monitoring and technical innovation”, says Johann Stopp, project manager for Electrical/Instruments Technical Assets at TAL. “In these areas HIMA has an outstanding track record as a competent and reliable partner over a period of two decades. The modernization of the safety systems, which we aim to complete with HIMA in the 2019/2020 time frame, is intended to safeguard the transport operation of the Transalpine Pipeline with regard to safety and security for the coming decades.”

    Technical details

    HIMA controllers have been providing for the safety of the Transalpine Pipeline since 1997. At the start of the project at that time, HIMA analysed all conceivable problem scenarios and thoroughly tested the new safety controllers in an extensive integrated factory acceptance test (IFAT) extending over six months. Now all safety systems are being modernized one by one. The first step consists of upgrading the controllers of the pipeline stations in Austria. The Transalpine Pipeline sections in Germany and Italy will follow suite in 2018/2019 and 2019/2020, respectively.

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