March 1, 2016 Cookeville, TN
Robotic Technologies of Tennessee Mobile Robotic Technologies Featured In EPRI Journal
Robotic Technologies of Tennessee’s (RTT) technology was prominently featured in an Electric Power Research Institute’s (EPRI) Journal article titled, “EPRI Research Supports Longer Service Lives for Spent Fuel Dry Casks.” The article reports on the industries collective mindset shift from storing spent fuel for relatively short periods of time, to one of much longer periods.
Spent fuel can be reprocessed, placed in wet storage pools (that are limited in capacity), or moved into dry storage. The article discusses how the nuclear industry is trying to transition and manage Dry Cask Storage Systems (DCSS) that were meant for relatively short term storage for long term storage duty.
Robotic Technologies of Tennessee Supports Inspections In The Nuclear Industry
RTT mobile robotic inspection platforms and technologies are being modified for use in DCSSs and evaluated. These new technologies will help industry and regulators deal with issues involving the licensing and relicensing of both storage systems and storage sites.
RTT designs, builds and sells mobile inspecting and manufacturing platforms. When mounted with manufacturing or inspecting tools, these systems deliver the benefits of factory automation to non-factory environments. RTT systems operate in a variety of environments including shipyards, tank terminals and wind farms. Applications include welding, inspection, cutting and grinding. Field fabricators and inspectors can save up to 80% when compared to manual alternatives. RTT systems are operating throughout the United States and around the world meeting challenging weather, operator and fabrication conditions. RTT patented and patent pending technologies are novel solutions for bringing automated and robotic systems to the $10 billion plus welding and inspection industry.
The Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI, www.epri.com) conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of the public. An independent, nonprofit organization, EPRI brings together its scientists and engineers as well as experts from academia and industry to help address challenges in electricity, including reliability, efficiency, affordability, health, safety and the environment. EPRI’s members represent approximately 90 percent of the electricity generated and delivered in the United States, and international participation extends to more than 30 countries. EPRI’s principal offices and laboratories are located in Palo Alto, Calif.; Charlotte, NC; Knoxville, Tenn.; and Lenox, Mass.