Spring 2014

US debut for acclaimed remote handling system

James Fisher Nuclear (JFN) presented two papers at this year’s prestigious annual Waste Management Conference, hosted in March at Phoenix, Arizona.

This is the first time James Fisher has presented at the event, which is widely regarded as the premier international conference for radioactive waste management, decommissioning and site remediation. The conference is in its 40th year and attracted over 2,000 nuclear specialists from over 35 countries, presenting more than 600 papers in over 100 technical sessions.

JFN’s head of engineering, Geoff Ashworth, gave papers on JFN’s new modular hydraulic power manipulator, and the design and construction of a modular, transportable, waste treatment station for use in a nuclear power plant in the process of decommissioning. James Fisher also exhibited at the Phoenix conference, through the newly formed James Fisher Technologies.

Both presentations emphasised the flexibility and modularity of the solutions that JFN provides and, as Geoff Ashworth noted:

“The conference provided the ideal platform to showcase James Fisher Nuclear’s capabilities to the international marketplace.”

ModuMan® and the water treatment plant are both current multi-million pound JFN projects for major UK Nuclear decommissioning programmes. ModuMan® also won recognition in National Instruments’ technical case study competition last November, when a paper on the innovative robotic manipulator by JFN’s Dr Carwyn Jones was a finalist in the Graphical System Design Achievement Award.

Carwyn commented:

“I was proud for JFN be recognised for this project case study. The nuclear decommissioning environment  is challenging and requires robust control systems to complement robust and reliable mechanical engineering. The National Instruments control system has proved to be ideal for tough and hazardous conditions. The end result is a high quality product in ModuMan® with applications worldwide.”

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