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HFC-6000 Nuclear Safety Grade Control System

The HFC-6000 Safety Grade Control System represents the culmination of over 30 years of control system research and development efforts. Specifically designed for control and monitoring of the most critical applications, the system is capable of functional operation even in the most intense physical, electrical, and seismic environments. The field-proven architecture, coupled with rugged, robust system components combine to reduce installation, maintenance, and spare parts costs, while assuring a long operational life. The flexibility and scalability inherent in the overall system design provides a customizable solution capable of meeting the most rigorous system requirements, yet utilizes industrial standard interfaces to minimize impact to other plant systems and platforms. Based on these features, the HFC-6000 becomes the optimal choice for the functions being performed.

The HFC-6000 architecture (Figure 1) is based on a field-proven design which can be found in hundreds of fossil and nuclear power plant installations worldwide. The system is designed based on a thorough understanding of critical plant conditions, the ongoing events that trigger them, and the prompt resolution of such conditions. These enhancements in control and safety system functions provide significant economic advantages during commercial operation while maintaining the reliability and flexibility standards in the overall system design. By utilizing standard applications software algorithms and communications protocols common to HFC control systems, the HFC-6000 is compatible with legacy control systems and is also capable of future upgrades, maximizing system longevity and return on investment. This emphasis on field-proven equipment and the preservation of future upgradeability avoids the costs associated with system obsolescence and new product development.

Capable of being implemented in a fully redundant configuration for both safety and non-safety applications, the HFC-6000 eliminates single point of failures for maximum fault-tolerant operation. HFC can structure the system to incorporate redundancy specific to certain critical areas and the segregation of functions provide a multitude of operational and maintenance benefits, reducing overall operating costs. The system architecture virtually precludes the propagation of failure modes and the advanced, system-wide diagnostics continuously monitor system hardware, software, and communications parameters in real-time, and have the ability to identify system anomalies all the way down to a single I/O channel.

Enhanced operator and maintenance functions are facilitated by a variety of Control Room strategies ranging from traditional, discrete Man-Machine Interfaces (MMI) to high-resolution, digital flat panel displays with touch screen capability. A safety qualified (Class 1E) flat panel display is available for environmental and seismic sensitive applications. The HFC-6000 has the flexibility to select high-level process displays for an overall, system status overview, or more detailed displays which are particular to a specific process operation, increasing operational and maintenance benefits.

The HFC-6000 Safety Grade Control System provides the reliability, flexibility and technology not available in traditional analog systems while significantly reducing operational and maintenance costs.

Figure 1. HFC-6000 System Configuration


The HFC-6000 Safety Grade Control System overcomes the deficiencies associated with traditional analog systems through the provision of the following features and benefits:

Increased System Performance
Controller computations and logic execution is performed utilizing a high-speed, dedicated Intel Pentium® processor (64-bit), which provides extremely fast system response times. Communications functions are conducted through separate, dedicated processors (32-bit) for increased data communications throughput. The high performance processor and high-speed communications reduce the required amount of equipment, simplifying overall system design.

Field-Proven Architecture
The high-integrity system architecture is found in many fossil and nuclear power installations worldwide. The simplification of the hardware and software design decreases system complexity, reducing maintenance and testing costs and minimizing the probability of system errors.

Unparalleled System Longevity
The system architecture permits future upgrades with minimal modifications as well as backwards compatibility to legacy HFC control systems. Unsurpassed system operating life provides an exceptional return on investment.

Improved Maintenance and Testing Facilities
A wide breadth of configuration, diagnostic, and maintenance tools assist operators and maintenance personnel in the identification and prompt resolution of system abnormalities. Corrective maintenance is also facilitated through the ability of ‘hot swapping’ failed modules, which can be performed without the disruption of other ongoing, critical processes.

Real-time system tests and diagnostics facilities continuously perform sanity analysis and monitor system-wide status parameters. Intelligent alarms can be generated upon detection of any kind of process/system anomaly. Maintenance personnel are able to observe detailed system status displays and perform various system tests through the Maintenance Subsystem.

Increased Reliability & Flexibility
The utilization of field-proven hardware and system-wide redundancy results in improved fault-tolerant operation. The system architecture effectively eliminates single point of failures and is designed to restrict such failures from compromising other system components. In its full, redundant form, a 99.997% system reliability rating is achieved.

System flexibility is exhibited through the capability of providing redundancy specific only to critical areas where it is required and the wide variety of Man-Machine interface configurations and displays available.




Powerful processors provide extremely fast logic execution, computational, and communications response times
Simplified system architecture reduces maintenance and testing costs
Reliable architecture minimizes probability of system errors.
Upgradeable to future levels of technology and provides excellent return on investment (ROI)
Internal system checks and analysis diagnostics continuously monitor system integrity minimizing operator intervention
Fully redundant architecture provides exceptional reliability, while maintaining flexibility in areas that do not need redundancy
Nuclear qualified, Class 1E control system. Currently under USNRC review for use in the USA.
Flat Panel Displays (FPD) and Flat Panel Controllers (FPC)