Westinghouse buys I&C supplier

24 August 2009

Westinghouse Electric Company has acquired CS Innovations, a leading Instrumentation and Control (I&C) nuclear product supplier to the digital I&C safety system upgrade market. The transaction is expected to be completed within August 2009.

Located in Scottsdale, Ariz., United States, CS Innovations will become known as CS Innovations, a subsidiary of Westinghouse Electric Company, LLC. CS Innovations offers the only non-software-based solution that meets current requirements for digital safety systems, and is approved by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

John McInerney, vice president of Westinghouse Repair, Replacement and Automation Services (RRAS) noted that there is an increasing demand for technology such as that offered by CS Innovations for both operating and new nuclear plant markets.

"The acquisition of CS Innovations complements a core Westinghouse business expansion initiative. It also serves the company's Repair, Replacement and Automation Services business well by positioning us to better serve our customers as they work to meet the ever growing demand for clean, efficient nuclear power production, " said Mr. McInerney. "We are pleased to have this opportunity to invest in our I&C future by bringing CS Innovations into the Westinghouse fold. Not only are we adding great products, but also we are bringing on board talented and experienced employees who will help Westinghouse lead the nuclear renaissance."

Of primary interest to Westinghouse is CS Innovations' Advanced Logic System (ALS) platform. According to Larry Erin, director of Westinghouse Safety Systems Engineering and Services, "This platform is based on standard logic implemented by using Field Programmable Gate Arrays, and is designed to mitigate concerns related to future obsolescence. The U.S. NRC has approved the ALS platform as an acceptable approach to address software common mode failure and Diversity and Defense-In-Depth concerns within safety system applications. The ALS platform also is attractive in that it is scalable from a single-system replacement to a full safety I&C replacement."

Additionally, noted Erin, the platform provides dedicated control logic, plus advanced testing and diagnostic capability, while providing for the reliability and integrity attributes that are critical to safety systems applications. Westinghouse plans to incorporate the ALS platform into operating plant safety system upgrades as well as in new plant opportunities.

Steen Sorensen, president of CS Innovations stated, "We are pleased that Westinghouse will optimize and facilitate the growth of the CS Innovations product line -- especially the Advanced Logic System platform."


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