Digitisation in the field of explosion safety
Visualisation of safety-relevant faults in the control room are only half the battle. In order to appropriately react to such faults, pre-defined counter measures have to be initiated – what sounds simple is a true challenge for plant operators in practice. Although protective systems and plant components react autonomously, the right behavior of employees in critical situations is mandatory. Given the risk of human error, the REMBE iQ Safety Cockpit was developed and launched:
Similar to a process control system, the REMBE iQ Safety Cockpit offers an overview of all relevant protective and equipment system status, which can also be monitored in real time from any location remotely via smart phone. However, in addition to the PLC, detailed and automatic and semi-automatic action plans can be linked and initiated: In case of an event in a certain area, sending an email or an SMS to a pre-defined distribution group can be automated to bring the incident to their attention. Such a scenario could for example be, that in the event of an explosion the responsible safety officer might
be informed by text message via his service phone, the surveillance cameras in the affected area could be activated or set to a different mode and the management would receive an email. Nevertheless, more importantly, the REMBE iQ Safety Cockpit guides the logged in user through the pre-defined plan of action.
Forced guidance thereby would ensure that all desired and necessary process steps are followed in the event of a disruption. Those applications and process scenarios of the REMBE iQ Safety Cockpit can be individually configured for each plant; both analog and digital signals can be processed. In addition to the REMBE autonomous protective systems, GreCon spark extinguishing systems, camera systems or even fire detectors and other plant components can be combined and connected to the REMBE iQ Safety Cockpit.
Learnings from incidents and systematic root cause analysis are subject to be implemented in improved safety concepts. REMBE iQ Safety Cockpit supports as all data recorded during the emergency plan are compiled and archived in a comprehensive log. This data can be practically expended or adjusted via the various end devices. When the location of the accident is inspected, photos can be conveniently taken and loaded into the log (via app) for subsequent evaluation.
In the end, this means, that all conventional autonomous protective systems from REMBE have become smarter without sacrificing their actual strength, the fast and reliable function.
In the age of digitization, it is just as important to ensure a fast response time and the resulting high availability. The REMBE iQ Safety Cockpit also enables optimal integration of other interfaces through the individually coordinated visualization of each process. Faults or, in the worst case, explosions not only require a regulated emergency plan, but also a predictive maintenance that is not only possible through the pure workforce of the employee on site. By detecting the operationally relevant components such as explosion vents, quench valves for explosion protection or pyrolysis gas and fire detectors or grounding systems for explosion prevention, all these can be registered and connected to a material management system.
With the GSME and HotSpot detectors from REMBE, an artificial intelligence has been created that detects fire and explosion events at an early stage. The GSME detector is an artificial nose, “trained” for pyrolysis – popularly known as smoldering gases, while the HotSpot detector represents an artificial eye that already detects surface temperature changes of 1 ° C.
Connected to the REMBE iQ Safety Cockpit, the two explosion prevention systems can evaluate changes in state and bring the system into a safe state either automatically or via precise instructions to the operator.
If an event, such as an explosion occurs, the system recognizes which areas are affected and provides information about which spare parts are required in order to restore the system to a safe state as quickly as possible. These functions can be submitted in the operator’s system as a “suggestion” or sent directly to the manufacturer as a non-binding request. This creates the option to reduce, the time of plant downtime.
In a nutshell: REMBE iQ Safety Cockpit is nothing else than a smart home control or driver assistance system in the automotive industry. Those are used to improve the efficiency and safety of driving a car and enable, in the right mix of auxiliary sensors and smart detectors, autonomous driving. Staying in that picture, simply spoken, REMBE iQ Safety Cockpit, such as an driver assistance system for plants will allow autonomous operation and push safety and efficiency to the highest possible level in the industry 4.0.
About REMBE – the REMBE Alliance introduces itself
REMBE is mostly associated with REMBE GmbH Safety + Control – the specialists for explosion safety and pressure relief worldwide. The company offers customers cross-industry safety concepts for systems and equipment. All products are manufactured in Germany and meet the demands of national and international regulations. The customers who purchase REMBE products are among the market leaders of various industries, including the food, chemical, pharmaceutical, oil and gas as well as wood industries.
The technical engineering expertise is based on more than 45 years of application and project experience. As an independent, owner-managed family company, REMBE combines expertise with highest degree of quality, and is also actively engaged in various professional bodies worldwide. Short alignment routes enable the achievement of quick responses and customer-specific solutions for any kind of application: from standard products, all the way up to high-tech special designs.
In addition to REMBE GmbH Safety + Control (www.rembe.de) with approx. 250 employees worldwide, headquarter in Brilon (Germany) and numerous subsidiaries worldwide (Italy, Finland, Brazil, USA, China, Dubai, Singapore, South Africa, Japan), four other companies are also engaged under the REMBE family brand:
- REMBE Research & Technology Center GmbH (https://www.rembe-rtc.de/en/)
- REMBE Advanced Services + Solutions GmbH (www.rembe-services.com)
- REMBE Kersting GmbH (https://rembe-kersting.de/en/)
- REMBE FibreForce GmbH (www.argusline.de)