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Raytheon Inks Lucrative Deal with Aerojet Rocketdyne

One of the largest defense contractors in the United States, Raytheon company, recently reached a deal with missile/rocket manufacturer Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc. for the purchase of the latter’s propulsion systems. Arriving on the heels of Raytheon’s standard missile production contract with the Department of Defense, this deal aims to vastly improve the company’s supply chain efficiency in the fulfillment of its government services.

Spread across facilities in Orange County, Virginia, Camden, Arkansas, Huntsville, Alabama, and right here in Tucson, Arizona, the deal lays the groundwork for streamlined production of Raytheon’s Standard Missile Catalog—namely the SM-2/SM-6 missiles, as well as the SM-3 interceptor. In this fashion, Aerojet Rocketdyne’s role will primarily be to supply these facilities with the solid rocket motors necessary for propulsion flight.

Similar to the vein in which Aerojet Rocketdyne will now serve, OTEK has been a long-time supplier of critical parts and components to Raytheon. While the instrumentation details of what OTEK supplies to Raytheon remain contractually silent, our award-winning technology has been continually faithful to the company in both its innovation and reliability, most recently supplying a bevy of digital meters for use in the anti-ship and other assorted close-range threat elimination program, known as the Phalanx weapon system.

The weapon system, deployed for both land and sea combat, carries out critical functions necessary to the safety of military personnel—such as search, detection, threat evaluation, tracking, engagement, and kill assessment. OTEK’s instruments are used in conjunction with other digital display features to enhance the individual tracking and recognition capabilities of each individual Phalanx.

While the product specifically designed for Raytheon remains classified, we do offer a commercially available unit of similar design in our UPM-L model. Standing 3” x 1.5”, the UPM-L is available in loop, signal, or external power, accommodating 4 relay options, isolated DAC and analog power outputs, as well as over 30 signal conditioners. Additional features of the UPM-L include 6 alphanumeric digits, a signal input fail alarm, self-diagnostics, isolated serial I/O with USB/RS485, intensity control via the serial port, 4-20mA/30V output, ethernet upon request, math functions, and power options of 5,7-32VDC & 90-265VAC. Like all our products, the UPM-L is backed by the OTEK lifetime warranty and is highly customizable to a wide variety of consumer applications.

For more information on the UPM-L or OTEK’s vast array of military-grade products (and the MIL-Standards we can meet) please call 520-748-7900 or email our sales office: sales@otekcorp.com

5G Also Brings Cyber Security Concerns

As the 21st-century rolls ever forward, new advances in technology and connectivity continue to bloom like flowers in its wake. One such advance that has been highly anticipated for over a year now is the impending 5G wireless network. Colloquially referred to as the ‘5th Generation’ of wireless technology, this latest wave of digital cellular networks is expected to bolster efficiency, reliability, and speed across a host of industries—including the global manufacturing supply chain.

For manufacturing companies especially, 5G offers three main pillars of improvement:

  1.  Network Speed
  • – Expected to be 100x faster than its 4G predecessor
  • – Increased fine-tuning in the years to come could produce speeds up to 1000x faster
  1.  Latency
  • – The amount of time it takes to relay information from point A to point B
  • – Decreasing the amount of time this relay takes will improve machines’ ability to react to issues and        scenarios in real-time
  • – Also expands servers and machine capacity for larger amounts of data
  1.  Connection Reliability
  • – Confidence among human operators in the reliability of their wireless communication abilities should yield higher levels of productivity

**The ultimate goal for manufacturers using 5G is to mirror the reliability and efficiency of wired communications**

However, despite the vast treasure trove of resources 5G offers, we would do well to remember Newton’s Third Law: “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction”. The speed at which 5G will be able to process data, coupled with its broad range of connective communication, opens avenues not only for businesses and operations—but for cybercriminals as well. With our world steeping itself more and more in digital architecture by the year, cybersecurity has become a major aspect of both domestic and global business. 5G offers such an immense influx of speed that cyber attacks could be carried out with an exacting tenacity previously unseen—we think here of the recent cyber attacks on Riviera Beach in Florida, as well as the crippling attack on Baltimore that shut down large swaths of the city’s administrative capabilities and exacted a payment to release the compromised systems. What further damage might have been inflicted if these criminals were able to marshal the bullet-like speed of 5G technology?

As a result of our efforts to address this concern within another industry, that of the American Nuclear fleet, OTEK recently unveiled the instrumentation industry’s first Cyber Security Exempt digital panel meter.  Known as the Solid State Analog Meter (SSAM), this revolution in digital technology can boldly claim to be impervious to cybersecurity concerns faced by other digital instruments, by way of being designed without any critical digital assets such as microprocessors. OTEK’s engineering team replaced these digital assets with non-digital components such as CMOS Logic and married that with our latest hardware and award-wining digital technology—including the newest advancements in LED display technology. The end result is a highly visible, technologically superior instrument, that is invulnerable to the cybersecurity challenges rising throughout our increasingly digital world.

Product features of the SSAM include:

  • – 100% signal or external power
  • – Signal Failure Alarm which alerts the operator in the event of a lost or damaged signal
  • – 4 ½ digit LED display at 0.1% accuracy
  • – 3-second conversion rate
  • – SPDT SSR or Reed Relays
  • – Optional NEMA4x shielding
  • – Customizable scale plate design that allows for an unlimited range of colors and language decals,        easily interchangeable without having to remove the unit from the surrounding panel cut-out

As new technological innovations such as 5G wireless enter the global workforce and even our homes, OTEK stands at the ready to continue its role as an industry leader in efficiency, reliability, and innovation.

For further information on the SSAM or any of OTEK’s other products, please call (520) 748-7900 or email our sales department: sales@otekcorp.com

BWX Technologies Awarded Contract from the DOE

NuAmerican technology and power generation company, BWX Technologies Inc. has been awarded a lucrative contract by the Department of Energy to manufacture specialized nuclear fuel for a reactor project at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The project in question center around the development of the Transformational Challenge Reactor (TCR)—a proposed additively manufactured microreactor (much like the increasingly popular small modular reactors) that would capitalize on the latest developments in nuclear technology to become the first advanced reactor operating within the United States in the last forty years. The goal of the TCR is to promote new technologies within the industry that are cost effective, safety-enhanced, and easier to build than the current molasses-like construction parameters of our aging nuclear fleet.

BWXT’s role will be to manufacture the specialized type of nuclear fuel the TCR requires, namely Tri-structural Isotropic (TRISCO). Described as a “kernel” TRISCO is primarily composed of uranium, carbon, and oxygen. The kernel itself is then protectively surrounded by several layers of ceramic-based material designed to prevent the leakage of radioactive waste produced as a result of nuclear fission. After initially shuttering their TRISCO production line, the company announced it will restart activities with a complete operational goal of sometime in Fall 2020.

As a long time supplier of digital instrumentation to the nuclear industry, OTEK has history of supplying commercial-grade units to BWX Technologies. Last fall the company’s nuclear arm, BWXT Nuclear Operations Group (NOG), purchased OTEK’s NTM-N unit for non-safety related applications within its Lynchburg, Virginia facility. The NTM-N is a direct “Plug & Play” replacement for the popular yet obsolescence-riddled DB40 analog meter, in addition to also serving as form, fit and function replacement for other common analogs in the industry such as the GE/Yokogawa AB30, the Weschler/Westinghouse K231, Dixson BEW51, Crompton 077/078, and a plethora of other 4” ANSI switchboard meters. The NTM-N is a single channel bar-digital meter/controller available in loop, signal, or external power, and comes available in both plastic and metal housings. Highlight features of the model include an automatic tricolor bar display with intensity control and 4 digits at 0.6”, self-diagnostics, isolated serial I/O or USB/RS485, intensity control, math functions, a configurable bar direction of up/down/center-zero, 4 relays or O.C.T., and OTEK’s patented input fail alarm with run time stamp that alerts the operator in the event of a lost of damaged signal. Like all our products the NTM-N carries the OTEK lifetime warranty and is highly customizable to a host of applications.

For more information on the NTM-N or Otek’s history of dedicated service to the nuclear industry, please call our office at (520) 748-7900 or contact our sales office via email: sales@otekcorp.com.

The Turkey Point Domino – Peach Bottom Receives a 20-year Extension from the NRC

Following the path set out by Turkey Point’s recent 20-year life extension, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Friday granted a similar extension to the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, allowing the facility to functionally operate until 2054. Exelon, who owns the facility in York, Pennsylvania, made an announcement Friday that it fully intends to keep both of the plant’s twin reactors operational through the full 80 years now allocated.

Exelon hopes to emulate Florida Power & Light’s plan for their own Turkey Point reactors, noting that 80 years for a successfully running plant is now possible due to “significant investments in new equipment and technologies to increase Peach Bottom’s generation capacity by approximately 12 percent.” The company also expounded on Peach Bottom’s financial and economic track record, estimating that over 500 million tons of carbon could potentially be barred from entering Earth’s atmosphere as a result of the NRC’s 20-year extension. Bryan Hanson, chief nuclear officer for Exelon, said in a statement released Friday, that, “This plant is well suited to continue running safely, reliably and efficiently, given the extensive upgrades accomplished over the past seven years. The ability to operate Peach Bottom for another 20 years is good news for the environment, our employees and the community.”

One reason for the optimism about extending sixty-year-old plant such as Peach Bottom’s life span is the recent development in plug and place replacements for obsolete instrumentation such as analog process and control meters. “Many of the plant’s components have been replaced or upgraded in recent years”, an Exelon representative commented as part of Friday’s announcement.

Some of these components include OTEK’s very own HI-Q119 model, which proudly monitors process control and measurement applications within Peach Bottom’s I&C room. One of our more popular models for the nuclear industry, the HI-Q119 is a Form, Fit, and Function replacement for the Dixson BB101, GE/Yokogawa 180, and the Westinghouse/Weschler VX252/251 among others. The HI-Q119 also boats math functions, polynomials, 1,2, or 3 analog inputs, 51 segment tri color bar graphs, optional 10a relay outputs, optional EMI/RFI shielding, and is completely customizable to consumer-driven applications.

For more info on the 119 or any of our other products, please call 520-748-7900 or email our sales office at sales@otekcorp.com

Navy Aims to Overhaul Its Cyber Security Defenses

The U.S. Navy released a memo last week outlining a proposed overhaul of their cyber security systems across the board, in response to a rise in such technological threats from China. At the heart of the memo was an intense focus on updating a network infrastructure that largely relies on computers and communicative technology from the 1990s, and has been revealed as vulnerable to repeated attacks from foreign actors seeking information on advanced weapons systems and other information critical to the Navy’s war-fighting abilities.

The memo is a first response to a scathing audit conducted last fall on the Navy’s cyber security infrastructure, which the service largely failed. Among other areas of concern, the audit highlighted a branch of the armed services that routinely has difficulty adapting and responding to increasingly advanced digital attacks by China and other state-sponsored foreign actors, who have left the Navy “bleeding like a sieve” as Navy Secretary Thomas Modly called the present state of the maritime service. “Our adversaries gain an advantage in cyberspace guerrilla tactics within our defensive perimeters”, Modly continued, “Once inside, malign actors steal, destroy and/or modify critical data and information. The point of infiltration is often not the target location.”

The memo itself calls for an evaluation of current staff and reactive cyber security measures, as well as the length and extent to which they are being successfully followed. In a further effort to ensure improvement in this critical area of our national defense, the Navy has agreed to begin reviewing its supply chain contractors, on both a prime and sub-contractor level, to ferret out any vulnerabilities before they even reach the vessels and ships in the fleet.

As a trusted contractor to the U.S. Navy, OTEK continues to seek new technology avenues to better serve our armed forces. As with other branches of the military, the navy relies heavily on instrumentation and control processes, which in turn are controlled by a galaxy of digital and analog instruments in each individual vessel or ship—and nearly all of these are hackable by foreign agents. And while our New Technology Series (the NTM’s) offers the latest in wire by wire, streamlined and efficient plug and play replacements for the plethora of obsolete meters crowding these vessels, the NTM’s are still subject to a host of NRC mandated cyber security provisions that are both costly and time-consuming in terms of implementation.

Our Solid State Analog Meter (SSAM) on the other hand, was designed specifically as a counter to cyber security challenges while still being able to retain the technological power and efficiency of the more vulnerable digital meters. The SSAM essentially functions as an analog device, powered and operated by the same award-winning technology that runs our highly successful NTM series—and this is achieved by way of containing no microprocessors or other critical digital assets that are gateways to cyber criminals. We took this unique design and wedded it the latest LED technology available, using pure white displays over which any multitude of scale plate covers can be placed for unlimited customization displays.

Major design features of the SSAM include a 4 ½ digit LED display (completely customizable with a range of languages and colors) at 0.1% accuracy, 100% signal powered by 4-20mA or 10-50mA current loops, our patented signal fail alarm that alerts the operator in the event of a signal or power loss, optional isolated H.V. SPDT dual alarms for enunciator panel lamps, as well as loop power burden of less than 5V. As with all our products, the SSAM is very receptive to consumer-driven customizations and carries the OTEK lifetime warranty.

If you have any interest in the SSAM or any of our other Mil-Spec products, please call (520) 748-7900 or email our sales office: sales@otekcorp.com

NuScale Brings SMR Technology to Canada

NuScale, the American company behind the development of the forthcoming small modular reactors (SMR), has made a push to bring their potentially revolutionary technology to Canada. Last month the company submitted the first of four proposals to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (the CNSC) for a review of their SMR design as a way to streamline the potential implementation of their technology on Canadian soil.

Based out of Oregon, NuScale has been working closely with Idaho National Labs to bring the SMR design to life in the United States, but the NRC, the American version of the CNSC, has traditionally been slower to move on decisions within the nuclear industry than their neighbor to the north. With the submission of the first vendor design review, NuScale hopes to have more immediate success with the Canadian government. “This pre-licensing process allows our design to be reviewed by another highly respected regulator, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission”, John Hopkins, NuScale CEO, said, “And we look forward to their thorough evaluation of our innovative safety features. We are thrilled to continue our path to introduce our scalable, economic, carbon-free, and safe SMR technology to Canadian customers.”

This initial submittal covers four highlight areas of interest: general plant description; classification of structures, systems, and components; vendor research and development program; & design process and quality assurance.

As a company built on efficiency and innovation, OTEK has long kept a close eye on technological developments within the nuclear industry, such as the SMR’s. That’s essentially what led our creation of the industry’s first Solid State Analog Meter, or SSAM—our answer to rising cyber security concerns as older nuclear plants move toward digital instrumentation. The SSAM was designed to be exempt from the cyber security provisions listed by the NRC under NEI 08-09, by way of containing no critical digital assets such as microprocessors. By welding our advanced digital technology to analog hardware, we’ve made the SSAM immune to the current capabilities of criminal hackers.

In addition to cyber security provisions, the SSAM also features signal and external power options (4-20mA current loops, V/A AC/DC, Watts & Hertz signal options), OTEK’s patented signal failure alarm that notifies an operator in the event of a signal or power loss over a minute long, a 4 ½ digit 0.6” LED display at 0.1% accuracy, optional isolated H.V> SPDT alarms for enunciator panel lamps and 4-20mA outputs, and our unique “One Size Fits All” scale plate design which allows for unlimited custom color displays that are as easy to interchange as removing the scale plate and sliding in another.

If NuScale’s design proposal is met with success up north, perhaps the American nuclear fleet will follow suit and usher in a whole new decade of nuclear technological growth.

For more information on the SSAM or OTEK’s nuclear effort, please call 520-748-7900 or email our sales department at sales@otekcorp.com

Trump Eyes 2021 for a $1.2 Billion Budget Proposal in Nuclear R&D

President Donald Trump remains committed to bolstering the nuclear industry in wake of Obama-era rollbacks. Following his proclamation that the “revitalization of the domestic industry and the ability of domestic technologies to compete abroad”, President Trump recently signed a proposed budget of $1.2 billion for 2021 for the nuclear industry to invest in the research and development of new technological applications.

Since assuming the mantle of president, Trump has routinely pushed to maintain and expand the country’s nuclear fleet—often in response to global powers like China and Russia collaborating with each other as each country attempts to supplant the U.S.’s global nuclear supremacy. This latest proposal by Trump tops last year’s budget of $824 million, and is a clear sign the president intends to capitalize on recent moves within the industry such as awarding funds (via the Department of Defense) for the creation of a Versatile Test Reactor run by Idaho National Labs, as well as various bills designed to expedite the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s process for awarding building permits on new facilities.

With Trump clearly signaling that nuclear will play a major role in shaping America’s energy future, Otek intends to be with the industry step for step by providing innovative and efficient technological solutions—such as our NTM-9 model from our award-winning New Technology Series.

Designed as a vertical unit with dimensions of 2.16” W x 6”H, the NTM-9 form, fit, and function replaces popular but obsolete analog nuclear instrumentation such as the GE/Yokogawa 180, Weschler VX251 & 252, Dixon BB101, Sigma 1151, and the Crompton 128 among a host of others. The NTM-9 also features an automatic tricolor bar with intensity control and 4 digit display, an input fail alarm with runtime stamp, self-diagnostics, isolated serial I/O, USB/RS485, math functions, 4 relays or O.C.T., over 30 isolated input signals, a configurable bar direction (up/down/center zero), and power requirements of only 100mW@5VDC. The NTM-9 also comes with Otek’s lifetime warranty and is highly customizable to a vast array of consumer-driven applications.

With the industry reawakening under President Trump, Otek will be working overtime to meet the technological needs of an industry on the verge of digital modernization.

If you’re interested in our Class 1E qualified nuclear products, or any of our other instrumentation, please call 520-748-7900 or email our sales office: sales@otekcorp.com

U.S. Reactors Pushing to Become Earth’s Oldest

Twenty-Five miles south of Miami, two nuclear reactors loom against the Atlantic horizon: on one side of this picture the twin Turkey Point reactors draw reflections in the glass water—on the other side, behind them and up the coast line, a country simmers their shadow. The decision by the federal government in December of last year to extend the life of the two 60-year-old reactors by twenty more years, will effectively make them the oldest reactors anywhere on Earth at 80 years of age.

Owned by the Florida Power & Light company (FPL), the Turkey Point reactors have served as a benchmark to a larger discussion by way of the ripples they’ve released across the U.S. nuclear industry and its critics. Supported largely by the Trump administration’s rollback of Obama-era nuclear restrictions, compatriot utilities of Turkey Point are submitting their own requests to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for plant life extensions—Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station in southeast Pennsylvania (owned by Exelon corp) is seeking two extensions, Dominion Energy seeks the same quantity for two of its reactors at their Surry plant in Virginia as well two more further up north, and Duke Energy Corporation has submitted extension requests for all 11 of its reactors along the east coast.

The logic is rather straightforward from the industry’s view—“It’s simply cheaper to continue operating our existing nuclear fleet than replacing it” says Rounette Nader, Director of Nuclear License Renewal at Duke Energy.

Most statistics do back up Ms. Nader’s claim:

  • 80% of Nuclear Power Plants in the U.S. are 30 years or older
  • The majority of these are riddled with inefficient and obsolete analog instrumentation
  • The popular flat screen technology to replace these obsolete analogs requires an entire new facility with a 5-year building plan and an estimated $200 million in construction expenses. (Ref: Oconee NPP, INL [NN:6-2017])

The obvious solution, as Ms. Nader highlights, is to retain the current fleet by way of making componential/structural changes that allow the plant to continue to function efficiently and safely through the next twenty years of life. Mary Korsnick, president of NEI, the Nuclear Energy Institute, agrees, “I don’t think you should look at a plant just on calendar years, but rather the way that plant has been maintained, so many components have been replaced over the years. There is nothing magic about 80.”

It is specifically this approach that Otek has spent the last decade developing our cutting-edge new technology for. Specializing in highly customizable Form, Fit, and Function replacements for obsolete analogs in nuclear I&C rooms, we design our “New Technology Series” models to serve as Plug & Play enhancements on present archaic meters simply by the ease of removing the old analog from its panel cutout and inserting the Otek meter using the same panel, wiring, and even with minimal operator training to boot.

As our engineering team is want to do, we even went a step further and addressed the rising cyber security expenses of adhering to NEI 08-09, by designing at meter that is completely immune to cyber security attacks by way of containing no critical digital assets, such as microprocessors. The Solid State Analog Meter (colloquially known as the SSAM) makes use of a unique marriage between non-digital hardware as defined by NEI 08-09 and our award-winning patented technology, such as pure white LED displays. The SSAM also boasts 4-20 & 10-50mA current loops, V/A AC/DC (also Watts & Hertz) for external power options, a 4 ½ digit display at 0.1% accuracy, optional dual alarm for enunciator panel lamps, 4-20mA outputs, and unlimited custom scale plate display colors using our “One Size Fits All” LED technology.

If the Turkey Point reactor extensions are both a reflection of the industry now, as well as where it may be heading twenty years from now, we would do well to be practical, mindful, and innovative with the technology we are using to advance the world’s most combustible and cleanest source of energy. And innovation is the backbone of Otek’s forty-six years of instrumentation success.

For more information on the SSAM or our pledge to the nuclear industry, please call 520-748-7900 or contact our sales department: sales@otekcorp.com

 

True Climate Change Goes Beyond Reducing Carbon Emissions

For this point in human history, where we have the most advanced and powerful tools ever known to man at our fingertips, where we have mapped the earth and drawn designs upon the stars, split molecules and are knocking very resoundingly on the door of artificial intelligence—we sure seem to have a very jejune view of how our planet actually works. Or at very least, how to heal it. What we’re talking about here, of course, is climate change—but also the technological solutions that should be utilized in combating the problem.

At this juncture in our society, even a 5 year old with a lollipop in his mouth can regurgitate the climate change mantra: carbon dioxide emissions have created an greenhouse effect in the atmosphere that is trapping heat and warming our planet….REDUCE CARBON EMISSIONS REDUCE CARBON EMISSIONS….you hear everyone from politicians who claim they’ve been green for decades to your local coffee barista wearing his save-the-earth pin, going on and on about carbon footprints, renewable energy resources, global net-zero emissions by such and such a year or we’re all going to die—and this contagious naivety would almost be wonderfully comedic if it didn’t belie a deeper, more penetrating sadness: our planet IS in danger and the vast majority of us don’t have a clue as to what an actual and viable solution looks like.

Unfortunately for the attention-starved politician and your barista trying to hook into a current fad, reaching net-zero carbon emissions all over the world actually does nothing to impede the current problem. Even if a wand could magically be waved over the earth and not a single carbon molecule flew into the air, if all the gas plants and oil refineries withered to dust and our vehicles suddenly were pictures of clean energy, the planet would still continue to warm up every year.

This is because the damage as already been done.  In the nearly two centuries since the industrial revolution humanity has flung more than 1 trillion tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere—and unfortunately in this case, what goes up does not necessarily have to come back down. In fact, these gases essentially hang in the air like release or control valves, increasing the rate at which heat from the sun is trapped and held within the planet’s atmosphere—thereby gradually altering the earth’s temperature. Simply by ceasing to emit more carbon does not erase that which we already have strung across the earth like dark tapestries.

What’s needed is a way to “scrub” or “vacuum” the atmosphere, to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases already in the air in an effort to restore what scientists refer to as radiative balance—and there is only one energy source that can achieve that: nuclear power. Instead of negotiating the energy between two atoms, such as is done with everything from fossil fuels to wind farms, nuclear harnesses the energy inside the atom to produce nearly 3 million times the energy output with a carbon footprint that is so small it’s essentially negative. It follows that if it requires energy to remove carbon from the atmosphere, then the energy source with the absolute lowest footprint would be the best solution to not only stopping current and future emissions, but cleansing the damage already floating all around us.

If nuclear energy is going to be the solution to this looming planetary crisis, then it is going to need precise measurement and control processes—which is exactly where Otek envisions our NTM-V model taking shape within the industry. Designed for the nuclear industry and qualified to the requirements of 10VFR50/Appendix B under our NQA-1 program, the NTM-V replaces popular Versatile, Sigma or VMI 9200 Series meters, in addition to boasting highlight features of self-diagnostics, an automatic tricolor bar graph with intensity control, 4 digit display, isolated serial I/O with USB/RS485/Ethernet options, a configurable bar direction (up/down/center zero), power inputs of 5-32VDC & 90-265VAC, as well as the OTEK lifetime warranty. Several nuclear power plants within the United States have already experienced much success with the NTM-V in their I&C rooms.

While we all agree that curbing CO2 emissions is paramount, restoring balance to our atmosphere is the ultimate goal of any successful effort to preserve our planet’s future—and the only way to achieve that is through nuclear energy.

For more information on the NTM-V or Otek’s efforts to help the nuclear industry, please call our office at (520) 748-7900 or email our sales department sales@otekcorp.com

 

U.S. Department of Energy Invests in New Test Reactor

Despite the recent sensationalist maelstrom twisted with partisan politics that has become nuclear energy discussions in this United States, the Department of Energy is reaching above the fray in pursuit of innovative technologies to propel the industry forward—and this time it enlisted some seriously deep and well-connected pockets. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his armada of resources (both financial & technological) intends to partner his nuclear reactor start-up, TerraPower, with GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy to design and build a research reactor for the DOE, colloquially known as the Versatile Test Reactor (VTR).

Interested in pursuing new research and testing avenues for the wave of small modular reactors that will be ushered into the market in the coming years, the DOE intends to use the VTR to explore up and coming materials, fuel (including thorium), and safety-related components/instrumentation at energy conditions exceeding what present technology is capable of handling. In utilizing the VTF’s full capabilities, the DOE hopes to reinvigorate the country’s appetite for nuclear energy and streamline the process for introducing innovative methods into the industry.

To achieve such a massive undertaking, the DOE has placed renowned research behemoth Idaho National Laboratories (INL) to oversee the project, as well as establish financial partnerships to pick up the tab— “Achieving nuclear energy’s full potential, will require businesses and government to work together to invest in both testing new materials and demonstrating advanced technologies”, Chris Levesque, TerraPower’s CEO, commented this week.

Otek has long served the innovative efforts of INL with a little innovation of our own. Following on the heels of our popular HI-Q119 model, we designed its replacement for use in INL’s applications, the NTM-9.

Standing vertical at dimensions of 2.16”W x 6”H, the NTM-9 serves as a replacement for obsolete analogs such as the GE/Yokogawa 180, the Weschler VX251 and Dixon BB101 among others—as well as boasting an automatic tricolor bar display with intensity control, 4 digits, self-diagnostics, isolated serial I/O, USB/RS485, math functions, 4 relays, a configurable bar direction, and requires only 100mW@5VDC.

Hopefully the DOE’s Versatile Test Reactor does in fact bring fresh enthusiasm to the nuclear debate in America, and if so, Otek fully intends to continue its proud tradition of lending our award-winning technology to the cause.

For more information on the NTM-9 or any of our other products, please call 520-748-7900 or contact our sales department: sales@otekcorp.com