Sep 17 2018

The Second Supervisory Audit of Radics Quality Management SystemThe Quality Policy of RPC Radics LLC describes the company’s main priority – the creation of high quality, reliable, and safe products.

Quality Austria, the leading Austrian company on Quality Management System certification, conducted a second supervisory audit of the RPC Radics LLC QMS on September 13, 2018. The purpose of the audit was to verify compliance with ISO 9001:2015.

An audit team included experienced specialists from Quality Austria, a partner from the International Certification Network, and a member of the European Quality Association and International Accreditation Forum.

The Second Supervisory Audit of Radics Quality Management SystemAuditors noted the positive development of the RPC Radics LLC QMS since the first supervisory audit (September 2017). In particular, they noted:

- high level of personnel expertise and their ambition to continually improve the quality of processes, products, and services;

- high degree of personnel and top management involvement in performance of events to achieve quality purposes.

The audit confirmed RPC Radics LLC QMS certification.

Sep 14 2018

Quality Аustria, a leader in system and production certification and verification and validation, conducted the second supervisory audit of the Quality Management System of “RPC Radiy” on September 11-12, 2018.  The audit was conducted in order to verify compliance with ISO 9001:2015.

During the audit, Quality Austria experts visited several of Radiy’s production divisions including: workshops, the Steering Hydromechanics Plant, and the Metrology department. The audit team also held discussions with RPC Radiy directors and specialists in the following areas: quality control and certification, marketing, sales and procurement, project management, manufacturing, material procurement, and human resources.

The Quality Аustria audit team concluded that RPC Radiy has a Quality Management System that complies with ISO 9001:2015 and confirmed Certificates No.16989/1 and No.16989/4 dated September 21, 2016.

Quality Austria also highlighted a few of RPC Radiy’s strengths, including: product differentiation (new modifications of energy-saving LED luminaires); continuous modernization of production; well-qualified, competent, and QMS-aware personnel; company infrastructure which ensures a safe working environment; and RPC Radiy’s approval by Global Quality Assurance to be on the approved supplier list for “Research and Production Corporation Radics.

 Challenging tasks are typical for RPC Radiy and to be successful in this audit is an achievement for all employees.

Aug 27 2018

Atomic energy is an important energy source in Ukraine. As such, equipment performance reliability is crucial. Currently, Ukrainian nuclear power plants are replacing obsolete systems to ensure that high reliability is maintained. Radiy’s top priority is to support this modernizing effort. The company is motivated to design and manufacture equipment that addresses obsolescence problems at Ukrainian nuclear facilities.

On August 20-21, Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT) was completed for control panels designed to replace the obsolete turbine cycle feedwater heaters’ control panels at Zaporozhye NPP Unit 4. These control panels provide for automation equipment (i.e., protection, interlock, alarm, and automatic and remote control functions) for turbine cycle feedwater heaters.

The purpose of FAT was to make sure Radiy’s equipment fully complied with the customer’s technical requirements. The equipment was subjected to functionality testing to validate the system performance characteristics. 

The FAT commission included representatives of Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant, Radiy designers, and production specialists.  

The comprehensive testing proved that the equipment fully complies with all the Ukrainian regulatory requirements for nuclear and radiation safety.

The new equipment was delivered to the customer in August 2018.

Radiy’s solutions are proven in use.

Aug 07 2018

June 2018 turned out to be a very productive month for PC “RPC Radiy” as two systems of Reactor Power Control and Limitation were successfully tested in several stages.

Preliminary testing of the equipment was followed by acceptance testing. The Commission concluded that RPCLSs can be used as a technical base for the modernization of similar systems at ZNPP power units 4 and 5, as required by the Customer.

Due to the positive preliminary and acceptance testing results for RPCLSs, the Acceptance Testing Commission decided not to conduct a complete set of testing. Acceptance testing procedures were limited to random checks.   

The comprehensive testing proved that RPCLSs fully comply with nuclear and radiation safety regulations, rules, standards, and UYAISH.468263.039 TZ. Equipment is being delivered to ZNPP according to the project schedule.

Jul 30 2018

The representatives of Radiy’s Research and Development Department participated in and made presentations at several international conferences in the first half of 2018:

9th International IEEE Conference on Dependable Systems, Services and Technologies IEEE-DESSERT2018

Dependable Systems, Services and TechnologiesThe representatives of Radiy’s R&D Department, together with their colleagues from the I&C System Design Bureau and Radics LLC, attended the IEEE-DESSERT 2018 conference held May 24-27, 2018 in Kyiv, Ukraine. Since 2007, RPC Radiy has been the sponsor of this event, which is the largest conference on the dependability and safety of computer-aided systems in Eastern Europe. 200 participants from 21 countries presented over 200 reports. All conference materials can be found in IEEEE and Scopus data bases. 

13th International Conference on Dependability and Complex Systems DepCoS2018

This year’s DepCoS Conference was held in Brunow, Poland on July 2-6 and for many years, RPC Radiy has been an industrial partner of this event. Radiy R&D Department representatives gave presentations on usability, security and safety interaction, and automation system assessment. The conference materials are published on Springer in the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing category.

26th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering ICONE 2018

26th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering ICONE 2018The Director of Radiy’s R&D Department Vyacheslav Kharchenko participated in one of the largest nuclear energy conferences, ICONE 2018, held July 22-26, 2018 in London, England. Radiy made the following presentations: «Multi-Diversity for FPGA Platform Based NPP I&C Systems: New Possibilities and Assessment Technique», «NPP I&C Safety Assessment by Aggregation of Formal Techniques», and «FMEDA and FIT-Based Safety Assessment of NPP I&C Systems Considering Expert Uncertainty». Follow-up meetings were also held with top experts to discuss the current situation of I&C System design and NPP safety.

Jun 27 2018

The key goal of Public Company Research and Production Corporation Radiy is to have its products certified to the highest level. Radiy periodically goes through the certification process to guarantee its products meet the most rigorous international standards for design and manufacture.

Radiy’s main product is the RadICS digital instrumentation and control Platform. The quality of this product has been verified by Ukrainian and international certification audits.

The RadICS Platform was recently subjected to Witness Testing to confirm compliance with the functional safety requirements of IEC 61508. Witness Testing enables engineers and quality assurance personnel to confirm that the test sample meets the required technical parameters. 

This testing was conducted by independent international expert exida.

Witness Testing of the RadICS Platform confirmed that it complies with functional safety requirements required for SIL 3 certification in single channel configuration. This proves that the RadICS Platform has a high level of quality and safety and that the equipment software and hardware design meet all the requirements for SIL 3 certification.

The SIL 3 certificate released by exida was updated based on the Witness Testing results. This stage of RadICS Platform development was finalized by the updated certificate released by exida.

The certificate shows that the RadICS Platform meets the related requirements of IEC 61508:2010 and can be used to design and implement safety systems in accordance with the product Safety Manual requirements. 

The ability to meet the high levels of quality and safety required by the nuclear community is the main advantage of Radiy’s SIL 3 certified products.

May 11 2018

Pursuing the ambitious goal of entering the US nuclear market, Radiy is conducting a procedure for licensing the RadICS Platform for compliance with US NRC requirements.

As part of this process, in April 2018 the stage related to qualifying tests of the RadICS Platform test sample was successfully completed. The tests were conducted in the Kinectrics laboratory, Canada. The quality management system of this lap complies with the requirements of 10 CFR, Appendix B. The test sample was tested for seismic, climatic and electromagnetic stability. The test results confirmed sample’s compliance with the stringent requirements of the US NRC and IEEE and EPRI regulations.

Simultaneously with the qualification tests, the next licensing stage was successfully completed. This included an audit conducted by NRC experts. The aim of the audit was to clarify how effective is the monitoring of the development, manufacturing and quality control of the RadICS Platform. Also there was a need to confirm achieving the required level of safety, reliability and quality. The RadICS Platform passed all tests successfully without additional modifications.

Currently Radiy is at the final stage of licensing the RadICS Platform for US NRC requirements. The completion of the procedure is expected in 2019    at the earliest.

Succesful completion of licensing proves Radiy’s ability to develop and supply ICS according the highest world standards.

Apr 11 2018

In March 29-30 Public Company Research and Production Corporation Radiy held Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT) for Power Supply System for Rod Control System of Reactor Control and Protection System (PSS for RCS of RCPS) for Unit 3, Zhaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant.

The main purpose of the FAT was to confirm that the delivery set of the PSS for RCS of RCPS and the technical documentation comply with the regulations and standards for nuclear and radiation safety and the requirements of the Terms of Reference.

There was also a need to clarify the possibility of the PSS for RCS of RCPS shipment to the Customer for use in the modified Power Supply System for Rod Control System of Reactor Control and Protection System for Unit 3, Zhaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant.

Finally the compliance of the PSS for RCS of RCPS with the regulations and standards for nuclear and radiation safety and the requirements of the Terms of Reference was confirmed and stated.  The delivery set maintains its functionality and works correctly in all modes of operation specified in the Terms of Reference.

Soon, the delivery of the PSS for RCS of RCPS will be completed and delivery set will be ready for use at the Unit 3, Zhaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant.

Jan 28 2018

On January 23-24, 2018 specialists from PC RPC Radiy conducted qualification type testing on electric distribution cabinets (EDCs). The focus of the type testing was to verify that the modifications made to the EDC design were both correct and sufficient. The type testing was conducted on 6 types of EDCs designed and manufactured by PC RPC Radiy.

The modifications were made to the original EDC design in order to implement the requirements of regulatory rules NP 306.2.202-2015 and National Operator's standards SOY NAEK 100:2016. The type testing validated that the new EDC design meets these requirements.

The qualification type testing commission included representatives from SS Khmelnitskiy NPP, SS Zaporozhye NPP, South Ukraine NPP, Rovno NPP, Operator of Ukrainian NPPs NNEGC "Energoatom," State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety, and Radiy's specialists.

The type testing results confirmed that all 6 EDCs meet the technical requirements provided in TS Y31.2-14312430-073:2007 and Ukrainian regulations on nuclear radiation and safety.

Dec 04 2017

The end of 2017 has been quite busy as Radiy works to finalize many projects under contract with both Ukrainian and international customers.

During Factory Acceptance Testing on November 28-30, Radiy demonstrated the quality of equipment that was designed and manufactured for Power Unit 3, Rivne NPP – Channel 1 ESFAS.

The FAT commission included representatives from PC RPC Radiy and the customer, SS Rivne NPP, and experts from the State Enterprise “State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety” (SSTC NRS). 

In order to comply with the FAT regulatory requirements, the validation of the ESFAS supply equipment was conducted in two stages.

During the first stage, Radiy’s Quality Management specialists, designers, and manufactures checked stand-alone items and components and then tested the system as a whole.

In the second stage, the FAT commission witnessed integrated testing of ESFAS-1 that was conducted in compliance with approved testing programs and procedures (468263.037 PP1, 468263.037 PP2 and 468263.037 PP3).

The results of the equipment validation during the two stages confirmed that the integrated system as well as its stand-alone items and components meet all the technical requirements identified in Technical Specification (468263.037 ТS). This equipment also complies with the rules and regulations introduced by State Enterprise “State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety” of Ukraine.

The acceptance testing demonstrated that the supply system successfully functions in all the designed operation modes, as required by Technical Specification (468263.037 ТS).

The design documentation and operational manuals submitted to the customer are developed in full-scope and adhere to Ukrainian rules and regulations.

The FAT commission confirmed that the customer will receive a high quality product due to Radiy’s considerable experience in carrying out large-scale projects using the most sufficient technical solutions for safety applications.

The supply set of ESFAS -1 has been delivered to the customer and will soon be commissioned at SS Rivne NPP, Power Unit 3.

Nov 24 2017

In November 21-22 Public Company Research and Production Corporation Radiy held Factory Acceptance Testing for vibration-measuring system VMS-1 according the Company’s Order # 120 dated 17.11.2017. 

The tested equipment was designed and developed for Khmelnitski Nuclear Power Plant. The customer’s representative - chief metrologist -  took part in the FAT and witnessed testing procedures.

Before conducting FAT, VMS-1 was calibrated and preliminary tested in the Company’s testing laboratory to check if it meets all requested technical requirements described in the Technical Specification and its Appendix.

Thus, the lower level of mechanical vibrations, which is specified by the testing vibro-set unit, is now extended from 2 to 1 Hz with the non-linear distortions coefficient of no more than 5%.  Also, the Appendix says that the upper level of the measuring frequency range for vibro-measuring device VMD-1 and  for vibro-measuring multichannel device VMMD-1 extends from 1000 to 2000 Hz with remaining measuring accuracy. That allows to do vibration measuring in a wider frequency range.

The FAT committee confirmed that the tested equipment complies with all requirements, the VMS-1 technical characteristics and its quality meets criteria of Ukrainian regulatory documents.

The approved equipment is going to be sent to the Customer at the end of November, 2017.

Oct 17 2017

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In the period of October 11—13, 2017 PC RPC Radiy tested Safety Related Nuclear Island I&C System (NI I&C) that was designed and developed for one of Radiy’s permanent customers -Separate Subdivision Rivne NPP.

The validation of the equipment was conducted in two stages.

At Stage 1Radiy’s Quality Control and Certification Department carried out preliminary component testing, which was followed by the complex functional testing of the entire supply set of safety related NI I&C.

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The second Stage of the validation process was carried out by the FAT Committee, which included representatives of the SE NNEGC «Energoatom», State Enterprise «State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety» (SSTC NRS), Rivne Nuclear Power Plant and specialists of RPC Radiy.

The FAT Committee concluded that the tested equipment is in full compliance with the current norms, rules and standards of Nuclear and Radiation Safety and the requirements of the Terms of Reference, developed by Radiy (UYAISH.468263.035 ToR and UYAISH.468263.035 1ToR), based on the Customer’s technical specification.

By the end of October Nuclear Island I&C System will be delivered to the Customer and will be installed to implement modernization plans at Unit 3, Rivne NPP.

Sep 08 2017

Strict quality control of its products has always been one of the main goals of PC “RPC “Radiy”. Thus, the process of improving the existing quality management system (QMS) is paid much attention to both by management, and by all employees.

From August 28, 2017 to August 29, 2017, international company ‘Quality Austria’ conducted the first supervisory audit of the QMS of PC “RPC “Radiy”. The aim of the audit was to confirm that the company’s QMS meets the requirements of the international standard ISO 9001: 2015. The auditors assessed the overall effectiveness of the QA procedures at ‘Radiy’.

According to the audit plan, ‘Quality Austria’ specialists visited the key workshops, where the nuclear products are assembled, tested and packed. In addition the auditors attended Steering Hydromechanics Plant, as well as the office of the Chief Power Engineer, Safety and Fire Protection Department, etc. The auditors were able to have productive discussions with the heads of the Design Bureau of Physical Processes Analysis, Marketing Department, Human Resource Department, Quality Control and Certification Department, and so on.

Summing up the audit results, the experts highlighted the strengths of Radiy’s QMS development: the expansion of the product range, the continuous production update, highly qualified, competent personnel that is involved in the development of QMS, as well as the infrastructure of the company.

The ‘Quality Austria’ confirmed that the QMS fully complies with the requirements of the international standard ISO 9001: 2015.

The validity of certificates No. 16989/1 and No. 16989/4 dated September 21, 2016 was successfully extended.

Sep 04 2017

The developing company ‘RadICS’ in cooperation with its main partner PC ‘RPC Radiy’ continues improving its quality management system (QMS). The leadership of the company pays special attention to this process, since it is considered that the reasonavle and competent management of the products quality is the key to success.

 On August 30, 2017, the first supervisory audit of RadICS quality management system was conducted by ‘Quality Austria’, the representative of IQNet and the main certification authority in Austria, a member of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF). The purpose of the audit was to confirm that RadICS QMS complies with the requirements of ISO 9001: 2015.

The auditors noted RadICS’s praiseworthy aspiration to continuous improvement. They were satisfied with dymnamics of the quality management system development, employees’ qualification improvement, and succesful implementation of quality procedures, while promoting the company in the international market. The audit confirmed the certification of the company's QMS.

Jul 16 2017

RPC Radiy representatives participated in 25th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering (ICONE) that was held in Shanghai, China, on July 2-7 (http://icone25.org). This conference is being attended by world experts on nuclear engineering from industry and science. It’s a key event for information exchange on finding solutions to existing nuclear engineering tasks and, in particular, on enhancements of information and control systems for nuclear power plants.

 

RPC Radiy specialists participated in workshop on probability safety assessment and severe accidents, chaired section on reliability, security and safety assessment, and presented report «Operating Reliability Assessment of FPGA-based NPP I&C Systems: Approach, Technique and Implementation».

 

Jun 19 2017

June 14 through 15, RPC Radiy specialists participated in the first Global Cybersecurity Summit, which took place in the exhibition center called “Parkovyi” in Kiev. This was the first high level summit in the Ukrainian history, where the exhibition, experts’ presentations and panel discussions that contained topics related to relevant industrial cybersecurity issues, as well as formation and application of new Information Technology to resolve local and regional security problems were all organized and concentrated at the same site.

The summit gave participants (representatives from government institutions, scientific schools, non-commercial organizations and small and medium businesses) the opportunity to get familiar with the advanced practices, achievements and innovations in the areas such as Internet of Things (IoT) and protection from cyberthreats at industrial facilities.

At the summit opening, participated the following individuals: the former US Deputy Secretary of State and former Deputy National Security Advisor Antony Blinken, the former US Deputy Secretary of National Defense and the current US National Security Program Director Susan Spalding and the DIUX Pentagon Silicon Valley office partner Christopher Kirchhoff.

Company Radiy was introduced as a developer of secure cyber-protected industrial applications for NPPs as well as for thermal power facilities. Our colleagues were involved in organizing and leading panel discussions. They also presented RadICS digital platform and solutions used to increase cybersecurity of industrial applications developed on the platform basis.

Educational and scientific institutions as well as representatives from “Ukroboronprom” showed a significant interest in our company’s products.

Mar 24 2017

 

A training programme for EdF specialists on the new features of the RadICS platform

    PC “RPC Radiy” considers cooperation with EdF specialists as an important part of work on improving the RadICS platform.

    Thus, from March 20 to 23, 2017, in Chatou, France, Radiy’s I&C designers were working with their colleagues from EdF. Radiy’s specialists upgraded the hardware of the RadICS platform and enabled EdF R&D department personnel to continue testing and learning the FPGA-based platform’s characteristics. Also, during the visit, Radiy conducted a training, which presented new features of the modernized platform. The training was followed by the round-table meeting, where designers of both companies discussed the issues of the RadICS platform software functioning, and also talked about the prospects of cooperation.

Mar 16 2017

 

Рабочая встреча с представителями Honey Well International    PC “RPC Radiy” has been in a continuous search for optimal solutions, which could improve the manufacturing process and enhance cooperation with international partners — components and material suppliers. Selection of potential suppliers and their approval requires conducting audits and arranging working meetings, as well as providing suppliers with a possibility to get familiarized with the features of the customer’s production.

Thus, on March 16, 2017 PC “RPC Radiy” had a technical meeting with Honeywell International to discuss perspective cooperation in the production of fire safety systems (FSS). Honeywell representatives were particularly interested in the specifics of qualification testing in Ukraine, and also in the manufacturing features of FSS to identify how Honeywell’s sensors can be used in Radiy’s products.

Radiy’s specialists spoke about new technological capabilities and manufacturing innovations of the company. The technical meeting outlined the prospects for joint work between PC “RPC Radiy” and Honeywell International. It has been decided that in the future collaboration between both companies will involve not only sales managers, but also equipment developers.

Nov 21 2016

November 14-21 2016 Radiy’s key engineer/technical director was invited to take part in the IAEA Consultancy Meeting on Independent Engineering Review of I&C Systems (IERICS) in Beijing, China.

IERICS mission was established in 2009 with the aim of conducting peer reviews of I&C design documents, prototype I&C systems, and actual systems already deployed in operating NPPs. The IERICS mission is usually performed by a group of invited subject matter experts from various IAEA Member States. The review is based on IAEA documents, such as Safety Guides and Nuclear Energy Series Reports. The findings are summarized in a mission report, which usually includes a list of recommendations, suggestions, and identified good practices. Organizations in IAEA Member States, such as utilities, regulators, technical support organizations, research laboratories and universities can benefit from I&C technical reviews through IERICS Missions that provide a detailed technical assessment on I&C systems, as well as recommendations for improvement.

This time the IERICS review mission was requested by CNCS and was performed by a team of world known technical experts.

After making a detailed review of the CNCS products the IERICS Mission Group released a review report that presents a detailed assessment of the platform components and provides a list of recommendations and suggestions for further improvements. Good practices identified during the review mission were also listed in the mission report.

Oct 07 2016

9 th FPGA WorkshopOctober  3rd through 6th 2016 Radiy’s designers and top management visited Lyon, France, to participate in the work of an annual International Workshop on Application of Field Programmable Gate Arrays in Nuclear Power Plants. The Workshop  was hosted by EDF SEPTEN and turned out to be an excellent opportunity to discuss different aspects of FPGA: technology advantages,  FPGA-based platforms, installation experience and licensing challenges.

Due to their experience in design, manufacturing and supply of FPGA-based I&C systems, Radiy’s representatives were invited to run workshop panel discussion «Development tools and processes for FPGA applications,»  They also made two structured presentations:  «Evolution of safety design approaches: Radiy’s experience» and «Certification of RadICS platform as per US NRC requirements».  

The Event brought together a diverse international group of utilities, academia, regulatory, engineering and research organizations from different countries.

The next FPGA meeting is scheduled for November 2017 and is going to be hosted by a Korean company.

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