?The Company's automation and system engineering solutions for the nuclear power industry serve a diverse range of mission-critical inspection, maintenance, and remediation requirements within high-radiation environments common to nuclear power plants.

                  ?The Company's nuclear capabilities include complete system design, development, and deployment of automated inspection and maintenance equipment, sensor development and integration, control system upgrades, and system operations support. ?The Company offers nuclear power utility operators a supplementary range of specialized engineering support and consultancy services for system engineering, operations planning, safety, reliability, design methodology, and failure assessment.

                  Relying on proven methodologies, ?the Company reduces the risk of project overruns and delays by determining how operators will use equipment at the beginning of the project definition phase rather than at the reactor site. Advance planning for potential failures and early prototype testing further mitigate risks, while testing and verification of equipment at each stage of development against the corresponding requirements before and during deployment are designed to address all potential problems.

                  An example of ?the Company’s robotic solutions for the nuclear industry is the Calandria Vault Inspection and Repair Manipulator (CVIRM) developed for Ontario Power Generation, operators of Ontario Hydro’s Pickering Nuclear Generating Station ‘A’. Controlled from a remote workstation, operators commanded the highly dexterous CVIRM robot inside the radioactive chamber via a very confined opening. The 14-metre robotic arm navigated through obstacles within the four-story reactor in a controlled and precise manner to check for possible corrosion and degradation, while radiation resistant cameras provided 360° views and high-resolution close-up images of the suspect parts at multiple inspection sites. ?The Company’s robotic solution provided a close-up look at carbon steel components and structural welds deep within the concrete walls of the reactor, capabilities representing significant financial and safety benefit of robotics to all nuclear power operators.


                  Calandria Vault Inspection and Repair Manipulator (CVIRM)

                  BRIMS Vault_inspection

                  BRIMS Vault Inspection

                  ENGINEERING SERVICES: systematic and structured approach to help utilities reduce risk of project overruns

                  ?The Company's Systems Engineering Services help utilities reduce risk of project overruns and delays by:

                  • Planning in advance for failures and engineering results
                  • Testing prototypes earlier
                  • Determining how the equipment will be used at the beginning of the project definition phase, rather than at the reactor site
                  • Testing and verifying equipment at each stage against corresponding requirements before and during deployment to the reactor site

                  ?The Company uses a systematic and structured approach to tooling and equipment development established? from the aerospace industry?. It is an iterative process to reduce inaccuracies at the concept, system and specification stages, and then verifies and inspects the design against these earlier requirements from the factory setting through to in-reactor installation and operations.

                  REMOTE CONTROLLED INSPECTION TOOLING AND ROBOTIC SYSTEMS: safety-critical systems in harsh environs

                  The Company is one of the world’s most experienced and trusted sources for a wide variety of sophisticated ground and space robotic solutions. All of the Company's solutions are targeted at safety-critical applications in harsh environments, with major deployments in the nuclear, space, medical, and mining industries.

                  The Company has been involved in the nuclear industry for over 25 years providing specialized equipment solutions and engineering services – including design, development, manufacturing, integration, test, and operations support of our deployed systems. Successful deployments include the Calandria Vault Inspection and Repair Manipulators (CVRIM), Light Duty Utility Arm System (LDUA), and the CIGAR control system upgrade.

                  For all these projects, the Company has used a systematic and disciplined approach to engineering and project management derived from our aerospace heritage.

                  SAFETY ASSESSMENTS AND THIRD PARTY REVIEWS: assessments and reports for pre-start health/safety reviews

                  ?The Company has the specialized knowledge, resources, and experience in the preparation of safety assessments and hazard reports required to support pre-start health and safety reviews. In addition, ?the Company has program management and technical staff experienced in managing and executing large engineering development projects. This expertise has been utilized for independent third party reviews or oversight to assess the performance of large projects and provide recommendations for improvement.

                  Previous assessments and reviews include the Bruce Power Units 1 and 2 re-tube assessment and the Bruce Reactor Inspection and Maintenance System (BRIMS) safety and hazard risk assessment.