After the success that was the pre-lift operation on May 5th (testing the tools, sequences, and coordination), the big lift finally happened.
The SM6 is the first module sector to be introduced in the pit of the tokamak. A first-of-a-kind operation particularly delicate because of the nature of the load : a 1,380-tonne and 18-metre-tall assembly!
An extreme precision was required as the SM6 had to be positioned in the pit with less than 20mm of margin.
The DCHLB is the intermediate tool, also developed and manufactured by REEL, attached to the 4 hooks of the crane and able to sustain the full load at one single point.
It allows also to rotate the load and orient it at the right position for installation in the pit.
Congratulations to ITER for reaching this impressive milestone!
REEL is proud to be part of such a project and support all involved teams for the next lifting to bring fusion closer.
To find out more : ITER
Groupe REEL takes over CNIM Systèmes Industriels, which designs and produces large-scale complex mechanical systems.
REEL teams are waiting for you from 27th to 29th September 2022 at the 2022 Aluminium Exhibition in Düsseldorf.