ProMation unveils home-grown robotic systems for AECL refurbishment initiative



    
       Advanced laser sensing technology delivers precision performance
                             in hazardous zones

    - Overall involvement totals more than $10 million
    - Technology being deployed for CANDU(R) refurbishment at
      Point Lepreau, NB
    

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Nov. 13 /CNW/ -  ProMation Engineering announces the
official unveiling of a new line of advanced automation systems to be used in
the refurbishment of CANDU nuclear power plants for Atomic Energy of Canada
Limited (AECL). The new platform integrates highly sophisticated laser sensing
technology to allow machines to perform weld and fuel channel cutting and
other routine functions safely within a nuclear facility. The new line of
equipment will be deployed by AECL in a refurbishment project in Point
Lepreau, New Brunswick.
    "ProMation's strong engineering and manufacturing background, together
with our solid business infrastructure and our reputation for excellence in
the automotive industry, allowed us to diversify our strengths and apply them
to Canada's growing nuclear industry," says Mark Zimny, President of
ProMation. "This project is a unique opportunity for ProMation to work with
AECL in the refurbishment and reuse of existing nuclear components and
facilities. While radiation proof robots have existed in the past, they have
not had the sensitivity or precision to perform the types of tasks needed for
work of this nature. Success with this multi-million dollar project positions
us well for additional work in the CANDU nuclear industry."
    The ProMation platform utilizes a combination of highly precise sensors
and complex mechanical systems to perform numerous tasks on the fuel channels
located within the nuclear reactor. Complex algorithms and advance sensing
technologies, such as force feedback sensors and laser range and vibration
sensors, allow the robot to monitor the environment and make the necessary
self adjustments to dynamically optimize the cutting process. In high
radiation conditions, operators can control the machines from any location
through a handheld touch-screen device or an Intranet-based PC connection.
Built-in cameras ensure users can view the operation, take any necessary
actions, and make overrides.
    Ron Cullen, Vice President & General Manager, CANDU New Build &
Retube/Refurbishment, AECL, states, "ProMation has worked with AECL to produce
specialized equipment that will be used for the refurbishment of CANDU nuclear
power plants. We are very pleased with our working relationship as they have
demonstrated their ability to deliver complex equipment of high quality within
a tight schedule. We look forward to working with ProMation in the future."
    ProMation has also been selected as a winner of the ACCES Employer Walk
of Fame award. These awards are presented to Canadian companies that
demonstrate excellence in diversity and hiring internationally trained
professionals. ProMation, which was selected as a winner in the Mentorship
Partnership category, is one of 10 companies to receive an Acces award.

    About ProMation Engineering Ltd.

    ProMation is a Canadian based company committed to using, where possible,
local suppliers for parts and materials. In its three Mississauga, Ontario
locations, ProMation Engineering Ltd. specializes in the design and
manufacturing of state-of-the-art robotics and other types of automation
equipment. As a full service company, ProMation integrates customized
automation equipment with standardized robotics, vision systems, and system
control technologies, to construct flexible and intelligent automation systems
for nuclear and automotive customers throughout North America. ProMation is
involved in new equipment development from conceptualization to prototyping,
detail design, testing, manufacturing, commissioning, and training. For more
information about ProMation Engineering Ltd., please visit www.promation.com.

    About AECL

    AECL is a full-service nuclear technology company providing services to
nuclear utilities around the world. Established in 1952, AECL is the designer
and builder of CANDU technology.
    AECL specializes in a range of advanced nuclear-energy products and
services that are an important component of clean-air energy programs on four
continents. AECL's 4,800 employees provide research and development, support,
design and engineering, construction management, specialized technology,
refurbishment, waste management and decommissioning in support of CANDU
reactor products. More information on AECL, CANDU Services and CANDU
technology can be found at www.aecl.ca.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Kathryn Boothby, c: (905)
330-0943, p: (519) 875-2994, e: kmboothby@sympatico.ca

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