The specialized Quintus HIP system for ANSTO will be equipped with robotic control. (Photo courtesy Quintus Technologies.)
The specialized Quintus HIP system for ANSTO will be equipped with robotic control. (Photo courtesy Quintus Technologies.)

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization (ANSTO) is reportedly acquiring a hot isostatic press (HIP) from Quintus Technologies for its SyMo waste treatment facility outside Sydney, New South Wales.

The model QIH 80 Quintus HIP will integrate with ANSTO’s new technology to reduce the volume of nuclear waste and will be modified to operate under the radioactive conditions that exist in the HIP containment chamber. It features a work zone of 19.685 inches (500 mm) in diameter and 39.37 inches (1000 mm) in height, an operating temperature of 2102° F (1150° C) and pressure of 100 MPa (14,503 psi).

Due to the challenges associated with working in an irradiation environment, the HIP has the capability to be remotely controlled through industrial robot operators outside the HIP containment chamber.

‘Quintus Technologies has for several years worked with the nuclear industry in the development of waste handling in the US and Europe,’ said Jan Söderström, CEO of Quintus Technologies. ‘We are honored to have been selected by ANSTO to deliver this specialized HIP system.’ 

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