With quality and safety as priority, SCX Special Projects custom designs high-integrity cranes and bespoke lifting solutions in compliance with stringent regulations and critical requirements, having installed cranes and handing solutions at nuclear facilities across the country, including Sellafield, Harwell, Hunterston, Hinkley, Trawsfynydd, Berkeley and Winfrith.
Rigorous standards, combined with in-depth consultations, flexible project management and high levels of customer care, enables SCX Special Projects to produce Class 1 nuclear cranes and robust, reliable nuclear engineering solutions designed to improve the efficiency of your operations, always with safety as the top priority.
Enhanced safety features including remote operation, automation, recovery systems, single point failure prevention, seismic testing, anti-collision provisions, condition monitoring, advanced fail-safe hoist braking systems, overload and over-speed protection, precise positioning and any number of additional safety features, ensure the reliability required during hazardous operations.
Whether your application requires a completely bespoke handling solution, or a cost-effective modified-off-the-shelf system using standard cranes with enhanced features to meet design codes and safety requirements specific to the nuclear industry, you can be sure that the final solution will be tailored to your exact specifications and needs.
Where containment is the primary concern, solutions can be created so as to be operated remotely from the hazardous environment. Remote control stations can be equipped with CCTV and all solutions will have purpose designed controls perfectly suited to the equipment in question. Solutions can then be backed up by separately controlled recovery systems with full capability, so that in the event of a breakdown on the primary system, the load can be set down in an appropriate destination before the equipment is rescued from the containment area for maintenance.
Whilst SCX Special Projects can develop cranes to lift and manoeuver virtually anything, it is our masts that provide the optimum solution for tool manipulation, due to their rigid construction and the stability provided when external forces act on the tools during use.
We can develop vertical or horizontal mast assemblies, or approach and lift solutions in any orientation, in order to access workspaces and manipulate loads wherever they may be located. Solutions can be of either a solid or telescopic design; telescopic mast assemblies being ideally suited where limited headroom or surrounding space is an issue.
SCX Special Projects has extensive experience with large mast assemblies, and as well as creating high integrity masts for use in nuclear decommissioning applications, have previously installed building maintenance units with horizontal booms of up to 32m in length. The locational possibilities reach far beyond this though, with mounting options not simply restricted to a traditional gantry construction to facilitate the X and Y motions. Bespoke solutions can be designed to fit in, on or around the available space, structure or obstructions, whilst encompassing multi-directional movement, repeatable positioning and enhanced safety features.
A wide range of tooling can be mounted onto our masts, from suction pumps or demolition equipment, to precise robotic manipulators or completely bespoke attachments, and all solutions will encompass the necessary tool control management functionality required for remote operation.
In addition to new installations, SCX Special Projects are also able to upgrade existing lifting equipment to meet evolving needs or standards. Refurbishments and upgrades can be undertaken where older handling equipment does not measure up to the UK’s ever-increasing safety standards, integrating a full range of modern safety and efficiency features to bring older systems in line with both changes in industry regulations and your evolving requirements. This service is particularly valuable in decommissioning, enabling older, obsolete lifting equipment to be re-commissioned, at a significant cost saving compared to new cranes, and then used in the disassembly and removal of old disused facilities.