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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.

Figure: 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. Image © HIMA Paul Hildebrandt GmbH

About HIMA

The HIMA Group is the world's leading independent provider of smart safety solutions for industrial applications. With more than 35,000 installed TÜV-certified safety systems worldwide, HIMA qualifies as the technology leader in this sector. Its expert engineers develop customized solutions that help increase safety, cyber security and profitability of plants and factories in the digital age. For over 45 years, HIMA has been a trusted partner to the world's largest oil, gas, chemical, and energy-producing companies. These rely on HIMA solutions, services and consultancy for uninterrupted plant operation and protection of assets, people and the environment. HIMA’s offering includes smart safety solutions that help increase safety and uptime by turning data into business-relevant information. HIMA also provides comprehensive solutions for the efficient control and monitoring of turbomachinery (TMC), burners and boilers (BMC) and pipelines (PMC). In the global rail industry, HIMA’s CENELEC-certified SIL4 COTS safety controllers are leading the way to increased safety, security and profitability. Founded in 1908, the family-owned company operates from over 50 locations worldwide with its headquarters in Bruehl, Germany. With a workforce of approximately 800 employees, HIMA generated a turnover of approximately €123 million in 2017. For more information, please visit: www.hima.com

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