The Japanese plan to use robotic exoskeletons for dismantling nuclear power plants
In the Japanese Prefecture of Fukui on the territory of which there are several nuclear power plants, whose dismantling will take place in the coming years, we intend to provide professionals involved in the analysis of nuclear power plants, robotic exoskeletons. Worn over the protective suits they will ease physical labor and will help people faster to complete the work and leave potentially dangerous areas. Creating a prototype of the exoskeleton took over the company Atoun Inc., a subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation.
The new exoskeleton will be developed by 2020 with use of technology and designs involved in existing model Atoun Model As. It is reported that the new model of the exoskeleton will be adapted for safe use in conditions of high radiation background.
Model Atoun As the Model was originally developed for use in the “peaceful purposes” — primarily industrial companies whose activity is connected with sorting and moving large quantities of a variety of goods (warehouses, carriers, etc.). The special design of the exoskeleton lightens the load on the lower back and the hands of the movers. It is literally built into a third “hand”, is divided into two parts at the shoulder level of the person. Each of them is attached to a strong belt and a glove. Wearing them at hand, one can “give” part of the weight of the exoskeleton.
In the coming years in the Japanese Prefecture of Fukui planned to dismantle the first and second reactors of Mihama nuclear power plant operated by Kansai Electric Power Co, the first reactor of the Tsuruga nuclear plant of Japan Atomic Power Co. Despite the fact that the most difficult task will take the car, people will also be involved in part of the work. The use of exoskeletons in a complex with protective suits will reduce their health risks to a minimum.
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