The Company's automation and system engineering solutions for the nuclear power industry serve a diverse range of mission-critical inspection, maintenance, and remediation requirements within high-radiation environments common to nuclear power plants.
The Company's nuclear capabilities include complete system design, development, and deployment of automated inspection and maintenance equipment, sensor development and integration, control system upgrades, and system operations support. The Company offers nuclear power utility operators a supplementary range of specialized engineering support and consultancy services for system engineering, operations planning, safety, reliability, design methodology, and failure assessment.
Relying on proven methodologies, the Company reduces the risk of project overruns and delays by determining how operators will use equipment at the beginning of the project definition phase rather than at the reactor site. Advance planning for potential failures and early prototype testing further mitigate risks, while testing and verification of equipment at each stage of development against the corresponding requirements before and during deployment are designed to address all potential problems.
An example of the Company’s robotic solutions for the nuclear industry is the Calandria Vault Inspection and Repair Manipulator (CVIRM) developed for Ontario Power Generation, operators of Ontario Hydro’s Pickering Nuclear Generating Station ‘A’. Controlled from a remote workstation, operators commanded the highly dexterous CVIRM robot inside the radioactive chamber via a very confined opening. The 14-metre robotic arm navigated through obstacles within the four-story reactor in a controlled and precise manner to check for possible corrosion and degradation, while radiation resistant cameras provided 360° views and high-resolution close-up images of the suspect parts at multiple inspection sites. The Company’s robotic solution provided a close-up look at carbon steel components and structural welds deep within the concrete walls of the reactor, capabilities representing significant financial and safety benefit of robotics to all nuclear power operators.