The company has already secured four orders for its newly launched Lightweight Self-Contained Tensioner (SCT) across the USA and Asia.
“The SCT has been in development for two years and in live tests has reduced typical tensioning time from up to four hours to under an hour, with 25 per cent less manpower, resulting in lower potential RAD exposure time and greatly-reduced reactor downtime,” explained Gavin Coopey, Global Nuclear Market Leader of Hydratight.
“The product is an advanced reactor pressure vessel stud tensioner. It needs only a power source, no hydraulic connections or remote pump-control unit or operator.
“In other systems, tensioners must be connected to a central control unit. Both the new Lightweight SCT and our original Hydratight SCT streamline the whole process. They eliminate the separate control unit as each of the tensioners has its own built-in pumping control system.
“Crucially, each Lightweight SCT networks to the other units, and each one displays the readings of the others in use. This means in a typical setup, one operator can control all devices.
“The Lightweight SCT system is the next step in our already successful reactor pressure vessel tensioning and operator safety programs. It is 20 percent lighter than the previous comparable system which means it’s more easily maneuvered around the RPV.
“The success of this product to date is testament to the sophistication of the new technology and the business benefits it can bring.”
Hydratight (hydratight.com) provides world-class bolted joint solutions and machining services, plus innovative mechanical weldless connectors, to power generation, oil and gas, nuclear, wind and aerospace industries. Over the last 20 years Hydratight has pioneered systems for complete joint integrity assurance that are now incorporated in industry-wide safe-working guidelines around the world.
Hydratight is wholly owned by Actuant Corporation (actuant.com), a diversified industrial company serving customers from operations in more than 30 countries and headquartered in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. Actuant trades on the NYSE under the symbol ATU.