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L-3 Mapps to replace I/O system at Florida nuclear power plant

L-3 Mapps said it will replace the input/output (I/O) system on the St. Lucie nuclear Unit 2 scope simulator for plant operator Florida Power & Light Co. (FP&L).

The company will deploy Beckhoff Automation’s compact I/O components with the Orchid Input Output software for both the Unit 2 full scope simulator’s main I/O system and its RM-23 radiation monitoring I/O system. Similar systems have been deployed at Diablo Canyon in California, Embalse in Argentina, Koeberg in South Africa and McGuire in North Carolina.

The I/O system relays operator actions to the simulation computer and provides operators with indications and alarms to operate the plant. The project is part of FP&L’s strategy to modernize the simulator and address obsolescence issues with the original components of the 30-year-old simulator. The project is expected to be complete in late 2015.

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