Rodman II commissioning

A replacement fuel rod recovery manipulator, RodMan II, has recently been successfully commissioned in the Magnox Reprocessing Plant at Sellafield Ltd. RodMan II was designed, manufactured and tested at JFN’s  facilities at Malton and Egremont.  

RodMan II is a multi-functional, highly dextrous manipulator which plays a key role in Magnox Reprocessing operations at Sellafield.

RodMan II was designed, built, tested and commissioned in-house at JFNL’s Malton and Egremont facilities and was delivered to site on-budget and ahead of schedule. It was deployed in the Charge Machine Containment, within the Magnox Reprocessing facility, where its main functions are the recovery of dropped fuel rods and inspection and wash down of the Containment. The addition of a variety of bespoke remote tooling allows the manipulator to carry out a series of remote tasks.

The complexity of the project combined with the demanding timescale meant that the project provided a substantial engineering challenge. Effective communication, collaborative working and the adoption of the ‘fit for purpose’ engineering approach, between the Sellafield and JFN project teams, helped to make the project a success, with RodMan II delivered to site well before the scheduled delivery date. As part of the successful delivery of the project, JFN provided an extensive operator training programme, using a full-scale test rig of RodMan II’s working environment, erected in its Egremont rig hall facility.

The fact that the RodMan II project was delivered early is testament to JFN’s ability to apply its extensive in-house design, manufacturing, assembly, testing and commissioning capabilities to deliver a highly complex project within a tight timescale and budget.

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