Reference No: A1906

Automatic Pellet Inspection System (APIS)

Pellet quality is a key requirement for the fabrication process of fuel rods and fuel assemblies. Manual pellet sorting is not the preferred solution as it results in higher defect detection slippages. The inspection criteria to the required pellet quality level cannot be adjusted for the complete production lot. Furthermore the operators are exposed to radiation over longer periods. The Automatic Pellet Inspection System (APIS) technology--in full operation since 2007--replaces human visual inspection to improve quality, performance and safety of the pellet fabrication; enabling huge benefits at Framatome plants.

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