Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) completed demonstration work of its MEISTeR remote controlled robot to help with decommissioning efforts inside Unit 1 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan.

"H igher-power lasers are predominately used for fabrication, but sometimes we use them for slightly off-the-wall applications," said Dr. Jon Blackburn, Section Manager - Laser and Sheet Processes with TWI.

The modular snake robot developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute made big news this summer when it successfully inspected the bowels of Austria's dormant Zwentendorf nuclear power plant.

Manufacturers of nuclear power plants operate in a unique sphere, where design tolerances are razor-thin, safety requirements unrelenting, and standards for initial quality never bend.