Culham Centre for Fusion Energy

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Culham Centre for Fusion Energy Selects Vortex DDS for Remote Handling System.

Provides the scalability, Quality-of-Service and integration needed to support the supervisory control and data acquisition system that repairs and configures reactor components and instrumentation within a fusion research reactor.

CCFE, the United Kingdom’s national laboratory for fusion research, and one of the leading fusion research labs in the world, developed its Remote Handling system to perform maintenance-related activities within its thermo-nuclear fusion research reactor—an environment too hostile for engineers and technicians to perform these actions.

"The Remote Handling system is a crucial component in our research efforts to develop fusion as a new source of clean energy, but it had outgrown the capabilities of our internal software control system," said Robert Skilton, Control Systems and Software Engineer, CCFE.  "It's a highly sophisticated system that requires a high performance, real-time data-sharing platform. Not only does Vortex DDS meet these needs, but it also provides the necessary integration, scalability and flexibility to support this complex, distributed system."

CCFE's Remote Handling is a fully remote system that includes robotic devices, advanced computers, virtual reality and closed circuit television systems, a variety of special tools, supervised from a multi-operator control room. Vortex DDS is being specifically used by CCFE as part of its MASCOT 6 telemanipulator project.