ATS Industrial Automation Expands Its Nuclear Decommissioning Offering to Include Material Characterization

September 26, 2023

Cambridge, Ontario


Cambridge, Ontario (September 26, 2023) – ATS Industrial Automation announced a collaboration agreement to provide its expertise in tooling delivery to automate the deployment of Viridian Consulting’s ViridiScope® system for high radiation areas. The agreement also opens up access to the ViridiScope® laser sampling tool for nuclear power customers in North America. The agreement expands the ATS Industrial Automation nuclear decommissioning offering to include material characterization, a critical step in the nuclear decontamination and decommissioning process. Customers can now safely understand the nature of reactor contamination and create an optimized plan to dismantle and store nuclear waste safely.

“We are excited to offer remote automation systems for every stage of the nuclear decommissioning process from site radiological characterization, component segmentation, volume reduction, decontamination and waste handling,” said Narinder Bains, VP Nuclear Sales at ATS Industrial Automation. “Using advanced technology, we are able to help customers better assess risks, estimate dismantling costs and timelines, and improve overall safety.”

Viridian Consultants, based in England and Wales, developed the tool for the sampling and fast characterization of radiological, chemical, and asbestos materials. The tool replaces conventional drilling and can be operated manually or remotely to access tight spaces, voids, or pipes, safely removing and analyzing surface material, reducing operator exposure.

“The ViridiScope automated remote sampling tool is successfully used across several decommissioning projects in Europe,” said Kym Jarvis, Managing Director, Viridian Consultants. “We are excited to partner with the ATS Industrial Automation team to develop the remote delivery and automation of ViridiScope® and bring this technology to North America.”

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