Wheelift Systems Group introduces the licensed OmniLoader technology to safely and efficiently move vertical casks
Safely moving spent fuel is a top priority for nuclear power plants, manufacturers and the general public worldwide.
Spent fuel is stored in pools filled with water or in steel casks. According to data from the Nuclear Energy Institute at the end of 2009 there were more than 62,000 metric tons of commercial spent fuel in the United States with 78 percent in pools and about 22 percent in dry casks. The total increases by approximately 2,000 tons annually.
Designed and soon to be produced in the United States, Intelliport Corporation’s self-loading OmniLoader can safely and efficiently move nuclear spent fuel using its proven fluid suspension technology.
“The new OmniLoader is going to revolutionize spent nuclear fuel transport and storage. With Wheelift’s proven successes in horizontal storage applications, their new vertical cask technology offers increased efficiency, radiation dose reductions to near zero, and delivers unparalleled maneuverability,” explains Mel Terry who designed and patented the technology. “Our bottom carry OmniLoader will substantially contribute to extensive operational improvements.”
The OmniLoader vertical cask transporter being introduced by Intelliport and licensed to Wheelift Systems, engages the cask at the bottom, to then lift and carry, allowing for more efficient movement within and between independent spent fuel storage installations (ISFSI) without needing to comply with single failure proofing. Operating on independent fluid suspension axles with air filled jumbo jet tires, the OmniLoader also features Wheelift’s signature SynchroSteer for all direction travel over challenging and diverse surfaces. The self-loading transporter is operated remotely, thereby significantly reducing dosage exposure risks to operators and crew.
Wheelift has already successfully revolutionized cask handling in horizontal storage applications at Constellation Energy and Exelon plants. It was only a matter of time before they entered the market to serve a broader segment. The engineers from Wheelift can be expected to bring the same superior design, exceptional quality, and effortless performance to vertical cast storage installations that they have delivered for extremely heavy load transport needs for the aircraft and ship assembly, mining and manufacturing across a wide range of industries.
About Intelliport Corporation
Intelliport Corporation was formed in 1998 by engineer and entrepreneur Mel Terry as a licensing entity. Intelliport holds a comprehensive intellectual property portfolio featuring technology for multi-wheeled transport vehicles.
About Wheelift Systems
The Wheelift Systems Group is part of Doerfer Companies. As Intelliport Corporation’s exclusive licensee, Wheelift Systems specializes in very heavy capacity in-plant tandem operating transporters, referred to as IP-SPMTs or In-Plant Self-Propelled Modular Transporters and automatic guided vehicles (AGVs). For more information and to test drive a simulator of Wheelift’s transporters visit http://www.wheelift.com/contactinfo.html.