Benefits of Process Simulation: Smart Safety, Simulated

No two industrial plants are the same. The same can be said for plant safety chains that constantly mitigate risk and keep valuable assets protected. It’s often difficult to get an oversight on system performance. Read how dynamic simulation and visualization tools can ensure systems keep the gap on safety closed.

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All-Round Plant Safety: How to Avoid Knowledge Gaps

It is not easy for plant operators to stay up to date with functional safety. Increasing digitization, new working methods, and changing standards all complicate the process. It is important to focus on ensuring that important know-how about safety equipment and software is retained. But how do plant operators achieve that?

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Automation of Proof Testing

With modern safety systems and the "digitization" of field device information, test sequences can now be largely automated. In practice, this means considerable simplification and potential savings.

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Misconceptions regarding SIL

Misconceptions regarding SIL

Do these statements sound familiar? "Having SIL means I've achieved safety" "Having a certificate means I’ve complied with the SIL" "Having redundancy means I’m safer" "Install SIL and forget about it" "Having SIL means the plant is running"

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2021: A Turning Point for Europe’s Railways?

Europe’s railways have not yet realized their full potential as an agent of decarbonization of transport and socially inclusive mobility because of low market share. However, recent adoption of digital and predictive technologies in areas like signaling, maintenance, and dispatch may be about to change all that. Could 2021 – the Year of European Rail – provide a vital turning point in the industry’s story?

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50 Years of Safety: A Hard-Wired Revival?

Nowadays, stakeholders in functional safety have the option to replace hard-wired systems with safety-tailored programmable logic controllers that connect with critical equipment across open networks. And while there are benefits for making this switch, it could be that hard-wired logic is still a fair choice – especially where a limited number of safety instrumented functions are deployed.

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50 Years of Safety: A Partnership for Safe and Secure Success

This article is part of a series celebrating the 50-year anniversary of the world’s first TÜV-certified safety controller for plant process automation. It explores how a pioneering partnership between HIMA Paul Hildebrandt GmbH and TÜV Rheinland Industrie Service GmbH has been at the center of efforts to rethink and reconceptualize how industry addresses the issue of functional safety.