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Battelle Columbus Laboratory Chooses MOOSE

Pentek’s MOOSE® scabbling robot was leased, along with a trained operator, to remediate radiologically contaminated concrete floors at a Columbus-based nuclear research laboratory where DOE work had been conducted. The floors—14,600 square feet (1,300 m²) in total—were in two former metallurgical process buildings.

“The VAC-PAC® system was dustless. The dust and debris created by the needle scalers and scabblers were captured by shrouds covering the tool surface…The entire system was very flexible and easy to operate.”

Areas in a former machine shop were covered with an adhesive tar residue that increased the difficulty of the project. “We tried several methods—solvents, scraping, vacuum blasting—to remove the residue and concluded that Pentek had the only system that could effectively do the job,” said Dave Siefert, the owner’s operations manager. “The MOOSE® was attractive because it can clean a large area in a single pass. Pentek’s methodology was also a plus because, since no extra wastes are produced with their equipment, it is much easier to manage the contaminated material.”

As the scabbling process completely contains airborne particulates within an evacuated shroud, daily activities proceeded normally in other areas of the building. “Pentek offered us the most time and cost savings of any approach. This is important for a government-sponsored project,” Siefert said.

The MOOSE is equipped with a pneumatic drum seal and sliding drawer for dustless drum change-out. Without the need to raise or lower the drum the on-board VAC-PAC eliminates worker exposure to hazardous wastes.

The MOOSE is equipped with a pneumatic drum seal and sliding drawer for dustless drum change-out. Without the need to raise or lower the drum the on-board VAC-PAC eliminates worker exposure to hazardous wastes.

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Reprinted from Pentek Ink, Vol 11

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