Based on its recent analysis of the safety solutions market, Frost & Sullivan presents HIMA Paul Hildebrandt GmbH + Co KG with the 2008 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Value Leadership for its H41q/H51q family of safety controllers that offer best-in-class quality, excellent technology, and commendable value to cost proposition to process industries worldwide.
"The H41q/H51q safety solution is designed on the Quadruple Modular Redundant (QMR) technology, which allows for higher process uptime and a fault tolerant architecture thus helping end users to maximize their process efficiency," says Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Muthuraman Ramasamy. "Customers testify that HIMA's safety solution is one of the most reliable solutions in the market and also perceive it to be the hallmark of flexibility and open communication."
HIMA H41q/H51q's superior interoperability is primarily due to its open architecture that provides complete freedom to its customers to choose their own DCS systems. The solution also ensures quick, safety-related transfer of data at 100Mbits/s, through safeethernet to setup distributed safety applications.
In the voice of the customer analysis conducted by Frost & Sullivan, one of the leading refineries in Netherlands cited the flexible architecture and cost effectiveness of the H41q/H51q controllers as one of its main rationale behind the installation of the HIMA's solutions.
The critical challenge in the process industry is the need to improve process availability and enhance overall profitability and very few systems currently available in the market are able to meet this vital business need of customers. HIMA's QMR technology has the architecture of two out of four – 2oo4D, optimizing the need for hardware, ensuring nearly 100 percent system availability at all times. This efficient structuring provides a better mean time to failure (MTTF), which means greater reliability, longer lifecycle and insensitiveness to common cause of failure (CCOF).
"The superior system architecture uses less modules and electronic elements, which reduces the operational expenditure (OPEX) initially and the number of disturbances during the entire lifecycle of the system," notes Ramasamy. "Customers reiterate that the solution's cost-effectiveness and versatility in increasing process uptime are key to HIMA's ready acceptance."
H41q/H51q safety solution uses HIQuad technology that is characterized by double processor on each central unit that conducts safety checks at nanosecond intervals inherently to achieve SIL 3 level of safety without any limitations. The product provides strategic benefits like diagnostic checks to eliminate potential system errors quickly and reliably, thereby effectively assisting customers to drive process efficiency through actionable intelligence.
"Ever changing process requirements drive customers to choose a company that has excellent product service support through the entire lifecycle," adds Ramasamy. "While peer group companies are trying to determine methods to surmount these challenges, customers who have installed H41q/H51q safety solutions have achieved superior product support in terms of incorporating custom design changes, controlling and improving the overall customer experience without compromising safety."
In recognition of H41q/H51q's ability to improve availability and reliability across process industries without compromising safety, Frost & Sullivan is proud to present HIMA's H41q/H51q family of safety controllers with the 2008 Product Value Leadership of the Year Award in the safety solution for process industries domain.
Each year Frost & Sullivan presents this Award to the solution that has provided customers with the highest ratio for value-to-cost. This solution should be of high quality, with a very high value addition to customers. The solution is evaluated for its features and its competitive advantage in the industry. On revealing exceptional responses to needs of customers, the solution continues to improve the uptime for the process thereby positively impacting the profitability of customers.
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About HIMA Paul Hildebrandt GmbH + Co KG
HIMA Paul Hildebrandt GmbH + Co KG – safety-related automation solutions for process, machine and building safety.
HIMA solutions, whether for critical safety applications in the process industry, in machine or in building automation, protect people, assets and the environment in more than 80 countries around the globe. In the process industry alone, HIMA (hima.com) has installed more safety systems than all of its competitors combined.
What distinguishes HIMA solutions from the rest is the combination of maximum safety and maximum availability. Only through permanent safety and uninterrupted operation are HIMA's clients able to achieve their business goals.
HIMA solutions are based on practically-focused safety consulting, wide-ranging application experience, a comprehensive product range and the ability to successfully integrate safety solutions into almost any automation environment.
All HIMA systems and solutions comply with the latest international and local safety standards like IEC 61508 and IEC 61511, EN 954, EN ISO 13849 and are suitable for SIL 3 and even SIL 4, Cat. 4 and PL e applications. Further Information about HIMA can be found online.
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