Finland’s Metecno Oy, a special industrial machine manufacturer, and nuclear waste management company Posiva Oy have signed an agreement for the delivery of a robotic machining station.
Metecno Oy will design, manufacture and install a machining station at Posiva's used nuclear fuel encapsulation plant. The value of the contract is “financially significant”, Metecno said.
The machining station consists of a custom CNC-controlled machining centre served by a robot, whose task is to check the dimensions and surface quality of the fuel capsules to be disposed of in the Onkalo repository. The MeteCNC® special machine grinds out any unevenness left in the capsule during welding, after which the station performs a check on the dimensions and surface quality.
The robot handles other auxiliary tasks in the process, such as handling NDT measuring devices and vacuuming milled chips. In practice, the machining station performs an important step in the capsule disposal process.
Installation will begin immediately and the robotic machining station will be completed by the end of 2022.
Photo: Metecno Oy will design, manufacture and install a machining station at Finland's nuclear fuel encapsulation plant