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Supply of automatic press, furnace and welding unit for JRC at Karlsruhe

The Commission's JRC at Karlsruhe has published an invitation to tender for the supply of the following goods: - An automatic press (15-20 tonnes), adjustable via remote control, for the remote fabrication of nuclear fuel pellets containing alpha, neutron and gamma emitters. ...

The Commission's JRC at Karlsruhe has published an invitation to tender for the supply of the following goods: - An automatic press (15-20 tonnes), adjustable via remote control, for the remote fabrication of nuclear fuel pellets containing alpha, neutron and gamma emitters. The press should have the following characteristics: . The press will have to be designed for operation in a tight glove box, with all the controls being placed on the outside of the box; . The processes of power supply to the press, of pressing, and of transport of the pellets, must be achieved by remote control; . Changing of the tools, for the production of pellets of various dimensions, should be easily feasible within the glove box; . The possibility of replacing the glove box, together with the elements of the press which have been in contact with the radioactive elements, must be taken into account in the design of the press. - Furnaces (1600-1800 Deg.C) working under vacuum and/or under gases, for the sintering of fuel pellets containing alpha, neutron and gamma emitters, with the following characteristics: . The furnaces will have to be designed for installation in a tight glove box, with all the controls being placed outside the box; . The operations of entry and exit of the pellets in and out of the furnace must be achieved by remote control. - A unit for the filling, welding, and control of nuclear fuel pins containing alpha, neutron and gamma emitters, with the following characteristics: . The unit will be installed in a tight glove box, with all the controls being located outside the box; . The handling of pellets and of fuel pins will be achieved either by remote control, or will be carried out remotely by manipulators. Completed tenders should be sent to: European Commission Joint Research Centre (Euratom) PO Box 2340 D-76125 Karlsruhe Tel. +49-7247-9510; Fax +49-7247-951590

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