HIMA Signs Global Framework Agreement with Pepperl+Fuchs

From left to right: Karl-Heinz Gerdes (HIMA Product Manager), Udo Brestrich (HIMA Purchasing Manager), Sophie Bothe (Process Automation Sales Director Germany at Pepperl+Fuchs), and Hartmut Leistner (HIMA Sales Manager Germany, Austria & Switzerland).

HIMA Paul Hildebrandt GmbH (HIMA) has signed a global framework agreement with Mannheim-based automation equipment manufacturer Pepperl+Fuchs GmbH. The agreement comprises the jointly developed H-system termination boards and associated modules from Pepperl+Fuchs, which are connected through pre-assembled system cables to the connector boards of the HIMax family. The agreement also governs uniform formal and legal aspects for all companies in the HIMA group, including warranty, liability, obsolescence management, and uniform commercial conditions.

“Pepperl+Fuchs is a leading global manufacturer of industrial sensors and products for explosion protection,” said Udo Brestrich, Purchasing Manager at HIMA. “They are one of the key suppliers to the HIMA Group. The global framework agreement strengthens our cooperative relationship with Pepperl+Fuchs, and for us it is an important part of maintaining HIMA’s technology leadership in the future.”

According to HIMA, with safety-oriented controllers, an additional isolation level is necessary for channel-wise galvanic isolation or isolation from explosion hazardous zones. This level can be implemented with the pre-assembled system cables and H-system isolated barriers from Pepperl+Fuchs mounted on termination boards. For each signal type, termination boards and HIMax connector boards can be connected easily, using tested standard system cables, the company said. design and layout are conceived for cabinet installation in accordance with HIMA specifications.

HIMax is a safety system designed to provide uninterrupted system operation throughout the entire life of the plant, while maximizing plant availability, productivity, and safety, the company said. It is based on HIMA’s XMR technology that combines diagnostic-based SIL 3 safety integrity with a scalable fault tolerant architecture that eliminates false trips, provides for unlimited changes, modifications, expansions, upgrades, and regulatory proof testing without needing to take the plant off-line.

“Together with HIMA Product Management, Pepperl+Fuchs has played a decisive role in the development of the unique and advantageous termination board solution for HIMax safety controllers. We are pleased to be able to expand this good cooperative relationship to the global level based on the framework agreement,” said Sophie Bothe, Process Automation Sales Director Germany at Pepperl+Fuchs.

HIMA is an independent specialist in solutions for safety-critical applications. With more than 35,000 installed systems and TÜV-certified hardware and software, HIMA operates from over 50 locations worldwide and has a workforce of 850 employees.