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Edilgrappa hydraulic cutting tools used for decommissioning nuclear reactors

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Edilgrappa’s hydraulic tools, available in Australia from Stainelec Hydraulic Equipment have been used since the early 1990s to carry out decommissioning procedures at nuclear reactors in power plants.
 
The specially designed hydraulic tools had to meet specific requirements involved in decommissioning work including cutting and shrinking the volume of radioactive and contaminated metallic materials within the reactors without producing vapours, chips and dust, which are normally produced in typical industrial situations.

Edilgrappa has designed a variety of hydraulic cutting and shearing tools to suit specific applications in difficult situations. These include model F170 hydraulic cutters powered by a remote power pack and used to cut pipe structural sections of up to 170mm in diameter. 

New model F170N hydraulic cutters are also designed for use by the rescue and construction industries. Designed to deliver a high output of 78 tons of cutting force, the unit features wide opening blades that can extend to 170mm in width to allow easy access when cutting motor vehicle pillar door frames. F170N hydraulic cutters are also powered by a remote power pack, and useful for road accident and natural disaster situations.

Specifications for F170N hydraulic cutters: 

  • Cutting force: 78 tons
  • Operating pressure: 700 bar
  • Opening of cutter blades: 170mm
  • Length of unit: 810mm
  • Weight: 24kg

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