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Design, Manufacture and Supply of HAHC Manipulators
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ANSTO is Australia’s National Science and Technology Organisation and is at the forefront of Australia’s nuclear expertise. The organisation is responsible for the production of radiopharmaceuticals as well as nuclear-driven research and development, scientific services, and provision of additional products to government, universities, industry and other research organisations.
Waste Management Services (WMS) under the Nuclear Operations division at ANSTO are responsible for the safe handling, repackaging and storage of intermediate level solid waste (ILSW) on site. This waste is generated as a result of nuclear research and the production of radiopharmaceuticals.
The vast majority of ILSW is repackaged and handled within the High Activity Handling Cells (HAHC’s) in Building 41 (B41), where manipulators and cranes are used to facilitate such tasks.
The current manipulators used within B41 are approaching the end of their working life due to their age (approximately 60 years), ultimately leading to frequent breakdowns and minimal spare parts being available for repairs.
This is leading to an increasing amount of downtime in ILSW repackaging tasks as well as an increased threat to ANSTO’S production of radiopharmaceuticals noting that the manipulators form a critical part of the process chain.
ANSTO is looking to commence the replacement of Master-Slave Manipulators (MSM’s) within the B41 facility in order to support ongoing operational tasks. This will involve the purchase of three MSM’s – where two will be operational and one will be a spare.
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