Using robots to reduce personnel radiation exposure at the savannah river plant

Authors

  • R. Monty Taylor,

    1. E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, Savannah River Laboratory, Aiken, South Carolina 29808
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    • R. Montgomery Taylor received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Memphis State University. Since then, he has held various engineering positions at five different locations within the DuPont company. Since 1985 Monty has been a Research Engineer in the Robotics Development Group at Savannah River Laboratory. He is a senior member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and is a registered Professional Engineer in South Carolina.

  • W. Ivan Lewis III

    1. E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, Savannah River Laboratory, Aiken, South Carolina 29808
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    • W. Ivan Lewis III received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. During the last two years he has been an engineer in the Robotics Development Group at Savannah River Laboratory. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.


Abstract

The Savannah River Laboratory is using robots to improve safety and reduce personnel radiation exposure in the nuclear process environment. This paper reviews several successful applications at this site. A detailed discussion is presented on an application to transfer materials in a line of shielded radiation work cells.

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