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ORNL spin-off’s tech approved for use in U.S. nuclear plants

Analysis and Measurement Services Corp. (AMS), a spin-off company from Oak Ridge National Laboratory research received formal approval from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in Washington, D.C. for implementation of its online monitoring (OLM) technology in nuclear power plants.

“This technology promises to save nuclear plants millions of dollars in maintenance costs while improving plant safety and reducing radiation exposure to plant personnel,” a news release stated.

AMS President H.M. “Hash” Hashemian

“Today, nuclear plants calibrate hundreds of pressure, level, and flow transmitters about every two years, although only a few of them normally need a calibration. With the regulatory approval of AMS’s OLM technology, plants can identify if and when a transmitter needs a calibration and thereby reduce the number of unnecessary calibrations by as much as 90 percent. AMS first implemented the OLM technology at the Sizewell B Nuclear Power Plant near London, England in 2005 saving the plant as much as five million dollars in maintenance and production costs every 18 months. The implementation of OLM in U.S. plants was pending NRC approval which was just issued to AMS,” AMS President H.M. “Hash” Hashemian stated.

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