Within the process of step-by-step transition from Co-60 to an electron accelerator, Beamcomplex engineers study the customer's site and the possibility of using the existing infrastructure systems:
- the existing bunker and thickness of its walls,
- type of the existing conveyor system,
- electrical power supply,
- ozone exhaust system,
- radiation control systems, etc.
Based on the findings, Beamcomplex engineers work out the project on electron accelerator installation considering the required infrastructure changes (installation of a new conveyor system, construction of a new bunker, or using the existing one and manufacturing of additional parts of the labyrinth-type bunker for continuous supply of products on the conveyor system).
Options of Electron Accelerator Installation
1) The electron accelerator will be installed in the existing bunker when Co-60 isotopes are spent and disposed.
2) The electron accelerator will be installed in the existing bunker where Co-60 source is installed underwater.
3) The electron accelerator will be installed in a new bunker built adjacent to an existing Cobalt-60 bunker.
Beamcomplex engineers may propose to make a window between the existing bunker and the bunker where an electron accelerator is installed when Co-60 isotopes are spent. If this is the case, X-Ray beams of the electron accelerator are directed to the old bunker where Co-60 source was installed.
When executing the project, the scope of work includes:
1. Delivery of the electron accelerator and all necessary additional equipment.
2. Construction of a new radiation bunker or upgrade of the existing one.
3. Coneyor system mounting
4. Mounting of electron accelerator's cooling system
5. Mouning of radiation control system.
6. Installation of the electron accelerator and pre-commissioning.
7. Training of the customer's personnel how to operate the electron accelerator.
8. Commissioning of the facility with the electron accelerator.
With the option of an electron accelerator installed in a new bunker, trained personnel can proceed immediately to irradiate product in parallel using the electron accelerator and continuing to irradiate products with Co-60. Once the Co-60 irradiator are removed, trained personnel having experience in operating on the electron accelerator will continue to work only with the electron accelerator. Thus, there will be a smooth transition from Co-60 to the electron accelerator for product processing.