Servicing and Repair of Key Equipment When Suppliers Disappear or Stop Offering Support
Since the beginning of the industrial civil use of hot cells, remote handling is key equipment. For safety reasons, hazardous materials have to be moved or manipulated by telemanipulators.
Therefore operating companies emphasise the operativeness of manipulators and are demanding customers in regard to service and maintenance.
The nuclear industry started its expansion in the 1950s and experienced a massive growth in the period between the 1960s and the 1970s. The development of remote handling technology was associated with this expansion.
The first master-slave manipulator that Wälischmiller delivered was for the Research Center in Karlsruhe in 1963.
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