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Remotely-controlled Laser Cutting Technology Wins Award

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A team led by UK company OC Robotics has achieved a world first by successfully using remote laser-cutting technology to dismantle redundant equipment inside a nuclear facility – and has won an industry award as a result.


In August 2016 the project, the culmination of five years’ work by OC Robotics and its partners, succeeded in cutting up a large steel dissolver vessel at the Sellafield site using a laser integrated with a highly flexible remotely-controlled robot arm.

On 3 November 2016, the project, called LaserSnake 2, won a Technology/Innovation Implementation Award at the NDA Estate Supply Chain Awards run by the UK’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

The operation proved the value of laser-cutting technology, combined with robotics, for handling decommissioning tasks in hazardous, confined spaces much more quickly and effectively than previously possible.

After a feasibility study in 2011, the technology has been developed over the past four years through a collaborative research project co-funded by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK. With OC Robotics as lead, the other partners in the project were technical research specialists TWI, the National Nuclear Laboratory, ULO Optics and Laser Optical Engineering.

Chris Hope, Future Decommissioning Team Manager at Sellafield, said: “The LaserSnake demonstration at Sellafield has been highly rewarding and very successful.  Not only has it enabled a potentially game-changing technology to be tried, tested and proven on a real nuclear decommissioning scenario, but it has also shown the benefit of a collaborative approach between the supply chain and a site operator.  This enabled the research and development funding to achieve a highly successful outcome which may otherwise not have been achieved.”

Paul Hilton, Technology Manager for Laser Materials Processing at TWI said: “The LaserSnake activity at Sellafield marked the successful end of a four year project. For TWI, the technology developed and the knowledge gained will be directly transferrable to many decommissioning applications, both in the nuclear and other sectors. The fact that the work has already won this award shows the ground-breaking nature of the project.”

Craig Wilson, Managing Director of OC Robotics, said:  “Working with our partners we have overcome many engineering challenges to achieve this world first in remote laser cutting, and we are absolutely delighted to have won the NDA Supply Chain award. ”

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