Remote handling


Remote handling

Remote handling is the synergistic combination of technology and engineering management systems to enable operators to safely, reliably and repeatedly perform manipulation of items without being in personal contact with those items.

Overview

Remote handling is the discipline which combines the technologies of teleoperation, or telerobotics with the management and organizational disciplines required to prepare and run a remote operation application.

Remote handling is typically required for manipulation of items in environments which are either hostile to humans (e.g outer space, subsea or nuclear) or of a scale which is inaccessible to humans (e.g micro-surgery, nano-assembly or mega-assembly).

Industry based remote handling projects of these types will invariably be subject to constraints imposed by safety and other regulatory bodies. These constraints can be either technical in nature or programmatic or both and are motivated by the need to ensure safety and best practice in operation of remote manipulation systems. Additionally, commercial pressures will require efficient and effective operation of the remote manipulation activities and an audit trail similar to that required by the regulatory bodies.

All of these issues have an impact on the design, the manufacture, the integration and the commissioning of the remote manipulation equipment and also on the preparation and qualification of the methods, procedures and staff required for a remote operations campaign.

Remote handling equipment

In order to implement a remote operation campaign it is necessary to select and prepare the appropriate remote manipulation systems. The systems will involve some or all of the following:-

*manipulation devices
*task based tooling
*viewing / environment sensing equipment
*transporters to move manipulators/tools/viewing equipment into position
*services supply systems
*infrastructure systems
*safety equipment
*post operation cleaning equipment
*in-service maintenance facilities
*Human-Machine Interfaces

Remote handling operations

In view of the fact that remote operations will be conducted in environments either hostile or inaccessible to humans it is clear that any problems encountered during ‘live’ operations has the potential to cause serious and very expensive delays. A remote operation encountering an unexpected technical problem has first to identify the cause and then to prepare and prove a remedial process and finally conduct the repair or recovery operation – all without any personnel being able to access the working environment or the remote handling equipment.

The severe consequences of encountering such unplanned events leads remote handling practitioners to ensure that all possible credible eventualities are considered a-priori and appropriate preparations put in place.

The preparations must include consideration of how to identify and deal with faults on remote handling equipment, how to recover and repair failed remote handling equipment, how to conduct all planned remote handling tasks, how to plan and manage the logistics of remote equipment and plant component deployment. All this to be planned and demonstrated in advance to the regulatory bodies as working under safe and best practice.

Conclusion

A successful remote handling practitioner should be able to specify and integrate together the appropriate technologies, organizational and management activities necessary to prepare, implement and conclude a successful remote operations campaign (as measured against its technical aims, safety, cost and schedule requirements).

References

http://www.jet.efda.org/pages/content/rh/index.htm

http://www.prefit.net

http://www.iter.org/RemoteH.htm

http://j-parc.jp/MatLife/en/facilities/remote.html


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Remote handling — Дистанционное управление …   Краткий толковый словарь по полиграфии

  • remote handling equipment — noun (nuclear eng) Equipment enabling an operator to manipulate highly radioactive materials from behind a shield or from a safe distance • • • Main Entry: ↑remote …   Useful english dictionary

  • remote handling device — nuotolinio manipuliavimo įtaisas statusas T sritis radioelektronika atitikmenys: angl. remote handling device vok. Fernbedienungsgerät, n; Fernsteuerungsgerät, n rus. устройство дистанционного манипулирования, n pranc. dispositif de télécommande …   Radioelektronikos terminų žodynas

  • Remote deposit — refers to the ability to deposit a check into a bank account from a remote location, such as an office or home, without having to physically deliver the check to the bank. This is typically accomplished by scanning a digital image of a check into …   Wikipedia

  • Automated cash handling — is the process of dispensing, counting and tracking cash in a bank, retail, check cashing, payday loan / advance, casino or other business environment through specially designed hardware and software for the purposes of loss prevention, theft… …   Wikipedia

  • Computer aided call handling — is a methodology for managing calls to service providers, such as emergency services, through the use of computer based algorithms in order to make consistent and objective decisions on action to be taken. The computer software can provide… …   Wikipedia

  • Manhattan Project — This article is about the atomic bomb project. For other uses, see Manhattan Project (disambiguation). Manhattan District The Manhattan Project created the first nuclear bombs. The Trinity test …   Wikipedia

  • List of O-Parts in O-Parts Hunter — This is a list of O Parts, which are mysterious artifacts, seen in the manga series O Parts Hunter.History of O PartsO parts are ruins from an old civilization that was mostly wiped off the face of the earth by one man who had an O part that was… …   Wikipedia

  • Fusion power — The Sun is a natural fusion reactor. Fusion power is the power generated by nuclear fusion processes. In fusion reactions two light atomic nuclei fuse together to form a heavier nucleus (in contrast with fission power). In doing so they release a …   Wikipedia

  • List of O-Parts Hunter characters — This is a list of characters in the manga series O Parts Hunter. Contents 1 Crew of the Orphan 1.1 Jio Freed 1.1.1 Backstory 1.2 Ruby Crescent …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.