Fuel-handling Equipment


Westinghouse, through its subsidiary PaR Nuclear, Inc., has designed fuel-handling equipment that minimizes the potential for human performance (HuP) errors. It is designed to improve the physical layout of bridge and trolley structures, reduce operator stress-induced errors and provide clear sight lines to fuel.

Constant improvements to actuators, software and interlocks reduce the possibility of fuel-handling errors, and the training Westinghouse technicians receive helps to maintain industry knowledge and safety standards related to the safe installation and maintenance of the fuel-handling equipment.

New plant refueling machine
New plant refueling machine


The range of fuel-handling equipment offered by Westinghouse includes:

  • Refueling machines, refueling platforms and manipulator cranes
  • Spent-fuel-handling machines, spent fuel pit cranes and pond fuel-handling machines
  • Fuel transfer elevators
  • New fuel elevators
  • Auxiliary platforms

The fuel-handling equipment applications range from new plant equipment to upgrades for the operating fleet. Equipment upgrades range from full machine replacement to control system upgrades.


The PaR Nuclear fuel-handling equipment offers:

  • Reliability
    • Wide use of commercially available components for easy access to replacement components
    • Asset management program to track and maintain equipment health
  • Efficiency
    • Improvement in the efficiency of machine operation and movements that results in higher productivity
    • Axis speeds and positioning capabilities that provide faster fuel moves
    • Simultaneous multi-axis movements
    • Positioning through fine-speed controls
    • Off-index maximum hoist speeds
  • Higher productivity that results in:
    • An increase in the number of fuel assembly moves per hour
    • The potential for shorter outages
    • A rapid payback on investment in upgrading fuel-handling equipment


With more than 50 years of experience, the PaR Nuclear facility and staff are strictly focused on the design, manufacture, installation and operation of fuel-handling equipment and cranes.

The technical staff is experienced in designing to a wide range of regulatory requirements and the qualified field service technicians are experienced in managing the complexities of outage scheduling and installation.