Nuclear power plants are some of the most hazardous environments on the planet. Nuclear decommissioning, the process of dismantling defunct nuclear facilities, is dangerous due to high radiation and other factors such as heat, humidity, caustic fumes, and limited visibility. Sending human operators inside a facility is often too risky.
One solution is to use remote handling techniques, such as operating a robotic manipulator. However, current robotic manipulators are inadequate for nuclear decommissioning tasks because of the environment and design of the devices. Using NI LabVIEW system design software and NI CompactRIO hardware, James Fisher Nuclear (JFN) developed a safe, modular arm that operates with maximum dexterity to navigate in restricted environments.
With the help of NI products, JFN created a valuable tool that can solve many nuclear decommissioning challenges around the world. The robotic arm is safe, reliable, and versatile, and minimizes the risks for human operators working in a harsh environment.