Today’s #InuktunInTheWild sighting features repeat customer Florida Power & Light Company (FPL), who deploy Inuktun’s Spectrum™ inspection cameras for the remote visual inspection (RVI) in various areas at St. Lucie Nuclear Plant.
The St. Lucie Plant is located on Hutchinson Island near Port. St. Lucie, Florida, USA, and consists of two power units. The first one went online in 1976, the other in 1983 — both generating 1,700 million watts or enough to supply power to over 500,000 homes.
FPL previously purchased a Spectrum 90™ pan, tilt and zoom camera for routine nuclear inspections, and when they needed to see inside a containment structure, they turned to Inuktun for a solution. With valve openings 5.5 metres (18 feet) off the floor and a valve entrance of 30 centimetres (12 inches) diameter, the Spectrum 90™ camera needed to assess the containment structure up to 6.7 metres (22 feet) high in an environment with radiation present. The in-house engineering experts created an extended mast system for FPL’s existing Spectrum 90™ PTZ inspection camera. The operators reported successful operation with this OnSpec Custom Solution.
It was so successful that FPL just purchased a similar system for ongoing nuclear inspections. The latest innovation is a six metre (20 foot) mast crawler that consists of a Spectrum 120HD™ high definition PTZ inspection camera with lasers and LED lights, extended length stainless steel Minitracs™ for stability, a six metre (20 foot) pneumatically telescoping mast (from Clark Masts) with custom chassis support, 150 metres (490 feet) of Versatrax™ tether and a portable control system that includes Clark Mast controls. Check out the behind-the-scenes testing of the system here.
The adaptable nature of IM3™ (Inuktun Multi-Mission Modular) technology ensures that operators can inspect the unexpected, just like this example shows. Looking for more information? Contact our friendly and knowledgeable staff for solutions to your inspection challenges today!