What You Should Bear in Mind
Increase Profits with the Right Safety Solution
What is the most important thing in your life? And to whom would you entrust it? Certainly not just anyone. But rather a partner you can trust. A partner who responds to your needs. Someone who really cares about your success and knows what they are doing. There are five steps to learn, helping you find the right partner to ensure the safety of your enterprise. They pave the way to operating your plants more reliably and profitably than ever before.
"With safety solutions you not only lower the risk of accidents, you are also investing in your future. That's why you should set extremely high demands when choosing a manufacturer."
Deciding on the right safety solution is a complex process. With HIMA, you have a TÜV-certified application engineer at your side, right from the start. Together, we develop tailored solutions that satisfy all requirements and comply with all relevant standards.
- Risk assessment: How do you properly assess the risks? What risk is acceptable for your plant?
- Standards: What safety standards are there? How can you comply with them?
- Scope of the system: How do you prevent your safety system from becoming too large? Or too small?
- Legal requirements: How do you prevent legal disputes?
- Responsibility: How do you honor your moral and social obligations?
- Functional safety management: How do you establish a comprehensive system?
A safety system should run reliably in the background and must not negatively affect plant availability. It should also be able to adapt flexibly and efficiently to new requirements – for example, if you want to integrate additional systems and components.
- Process availability: What effect does the solution have on your workflows?
- Technical conditions: How well does the solution adapt to your requirements?
- Economic conditions: And how well does it fit your financial means?
- Process control system: Can you connect your safety solution to your process control system?
- Operation and maintenance: Is the solution easy to use?
- Total costs: How high are the costs over the complete lifecycle?
There are many legal requirements, regulations, and standards to comply with in order to plan, build, and operate your plant properly. In this regard, your must always keep track of the entire lifecycle of your plant. This is a challenge in times of increasing cost and time pressure and growing complexity. Individualized services support you in fulfilling your responsibility – so you achieve maximum plant safety and profitability.
- Consulting: Does the manufacturer offer comprehensive consulting to help you comply with the standards?
- Service providers: Are your contacts certified safety specialists?
- Standards: Does the project management conform with current safety standards?
- Support: Is support available around-the-clock worldwide?
- Qualifications: Are the service engineers qualified safety experts?
- Training: What courses are available?
Your safety automation solution provider should be consistent, reliable, and proficient. An important indicator for these characteristics is experience. The longer the manufacturer has been in business, the longer its systems will have proven their value over the course of time.
- Functional safety: How much proven experience does the manufacturer have?
- Tailored systems: Has the provider already worked with your applications?
- Scope of experience: Does the provider have an extensive range of products and services?
- User feedback: How do customers rate the manufacturer?
- Secure future: How innovative are the products?
- Customer loyalty: Does the manufacturer perform in the long term?
When it comes to safety systems, you should choose a provider who supplies you with more than just a short-term solution for your current needs. Plants in the process industry run for a long period of time. The partnership can only be reliable and profitable if it also lasts a long time – ideally over the entire plant lifecycle.
- Flexibility: Can you adapt your plants to modifications, extensions, or process upgrades when necessary?
- Priority: Is plant safety the primary focus of the manufacturer?
- Support: Does the manufacturer guarantee long-term support?
- Development: Are the systems updated on a regular basis?
- Ability to innovate: Does the enterprise invest in research?