ROBOTICS FOR
HAZARDOUS ENVIRONMENTS

CASE STUDIES

NUCLEAR – DPaCC

DPaCC, a modular robotic system for the remote handling of Special Nuclear Materials (SNM),  clearly demonstrates RED’s pioneering work in this field. By integrating a modified industrial robot within a modular, secure containment vessel, RED has developed and delivered a system that allows the remote processing of nuclear materials, moving humans away from harm.

The project also showcases the success of our phased approach to the development of such systems:

Phase 1 – Specification and storyboarding – working with our client to understand, challenge, specify and storyboard the required operations. For DPaCC, this was particularly challenging as the precise status of the inventory is unknown at the start of the operation and can vary considerably from item to item.

Phase 2 – Concept development using prototyping and practical testing – the RED test facility includes an in-house robot that can be used to test proposed operations and identify any specialist tooling required.

Phase 3 – Detail design, manufacture and testing using our proven supply chain partners. Delivery of DPaCC involved the input of more than 100 supply chain partners and collaboration with Sellafield’s own engineers to complete an intensive testing and training progamme prior to delivery of the system to site.

Want to know more? See our introduction video below.

DEFENCE – HazPACC

Building on our experience from DPaCC, this is a modular robot cell that can be rapidly deployed in a frontline environment for the remote handling, assessment and processing of hazardous materials. HazPACC is a configurable modular robot cell for the remote handling and processing of hazardous packages or suspect items.

HazPACC Provides a controlled, safe environment where robots can be deployed to interrogate and make safe the item of interest.

HazPACC combines the best of automation and robotics with the best of human control so that its capabilities can be tailored to any specific demand. It is a perfect example of an engineering solution that minimises or eliminates human risk in hazardous environments.

Specific defence applications include:

  • Explosive ordinance inspection and intervention
  • CBRN Defence Operations
  • Corrosive materials handling
  • Suspect package handling
  • Stockpile decommissioning

Our technology is transferable to a wide range of hazardous applications – how can we help?