Framatome developed the innovative walking-beam technology to address the specific requirements of sterilization facilities worldwide. This transport system opens up a previously unattained level of flexibility for BBF. The transport system has two levels, each with a load-bearing capacity of up to one metric ton. The transport system can convey mixed loads, recirculate containers within the irradiation room and perform empty runs.
The Framatome I&C team, working with BBF, will install and commission the new transport system in summer 2021. This work is part of a contract BBF awarded Framatome in late 2019 for the delivery and installation of an advanced transport system and several facility upgrades.
BBF specializes in the sterilization of medical products and pharmaceuticals using a cobalt (Co60) source and builds on decades of experience in the European sterilization market.
Framatome Healthcare is committed to developing medical products and services for the healthcare industry. Its team supports the value chain for the radioisotopes used in radiopharmaceuticals for diagnostic imaging and therapeutic purposes and supplies special alloys for the development of surgical implants and prostheses. The company also possesses a wide knowledge in design, layout, and modernization of complex facilities with irradiation sources such as sterilization facilities, essential for the use of medical materials (gamma irradiation). Collectively, these efforts advance cancer-fighting treatments and the medical applications of nuclear technology.
Walking beam transport system in a test facility
BBF is a service provider for packaging, testing and sterilization of medical devices and pharmaceuticals with over 50 years of experience in the field of gamma irradiation with Cobalt 60. Visit us at https://www.sterixpert and follow us on LinkedIn.