CRL’s Waste Drum Transfer System (WDTS) was developed as a safer method of transferring hazardous waste from gloveboxes and hot cells, utilizing the proven technology and containment of the Rapid Transfer Port (RTP). Replacing bag-out operations with this engineered operation reduces operator exposure and avoids contamination issues by minimizing and simplifying the transfer operation.
This patented system has been engineered to allow rapid and repeatable transfers without breaking cell containment.
The Waste Drum Transfer System combines a modified Alpha port and a mobile drum system. Electric motors raise and lower the drum, as well as rotate in and out of a locked position on the Alpha port. Acting as a standard Beta container, the drum only opens when safely attached to the Alpha through an interlock system. This drum uses a liner, which replaces the typical use of bags, sleeves, or tape to provide leak-tight containment.
The WDTS’s drum liners eliminate all bag and tape waste from the transfer process. This significantly reduces the final TRU waste volume. Drum can also be connected, disconnected, and reconnected until full.
The WDTS can be re-docked and opened at any time to be refilled or adjusted to lower threshold levels and significantly reduce incurred disposal costs.
The CRL WDTS replaces the bag with a drum liner, allowing remote waste removal without operator exposure. Ergonomic safety is improved with the process being performed in an upright, standing position.