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Roanoke County company thinks it can assist Japan

Submitted by on May 24, 2011 – 2:04 pmNo Comment

Robatel Technologies makes equipment specifically designed for the nuclear industry.

By Jeff Sturgeon

As Japan addresses its nuclear disaster, a Roanoke County company is hoping to join scores of U.S. firms that want to help.

Teo Grochowski, an executive at Robatel Technologies, thinks the solution could be placing a hot cell — or shielded vault with windows and robotic arms — atop each damaged nuclear reactor.

Crews could then work from the outside to stabilize the damaged and contaminated equipment that is never expected to operate again, said Grochowski, who has spent 26 years in the international and domestic nuclear industry.

Now he heads Robatel, which designs and fabricates hot cells as well as casks for the transport or stage of radioactive material, glove boxes for handling nuclear applications and processing and treatment devices.

For the complete article, please visit the website of The Roanoke Times at: http://www.roanoke.com/business/wb/287279

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