Monday 21 August 2017

5 years - ITER project completed successfully

In the South of France, 35 nations are collaborating to build the world's largest magnetic fusion device that has been designed to prove the feasibility of fusion as a large-scale and carbon-free source of energy based on the same principle that powers the sun. From 2012 to 2017 Kersten Europe GmbH has been actively involved in the ITER project. Kersten produced 10,670 curved stainless steel profiles with different raw lengths and radii, for the radial plates (13,8 x 8,7m) to be finished by our customers SIMIC and CNIM.

The prestigious ITER project requires great precision. In order to meet the high requirements a team of experienced and skilled workers was involved in the production. The curved profiles had to fit exactly in the construction. Tight tolerances of only 0.3 mm and 0.1 mm had to be adhered to during bending and mechanical processing. The radii varied from 1,800mm to 10,000mm. All these profiles have been bent, marked, drilled, measured, chemically cleaned and refined by Kersten.

Kersten Europe GmbH has invested in a clean and climate controlled production hall equipped with a 25t CNC bending machine, two marble measuring tables with tooling and templates and a machining centre with a 4,200mm long working table.

The successful delivery of the 70 radial plates of SIMIC and CNIM was celebrated in La Seyne-sur-Mer in France on May 23rd 2017. As the main supplier, Kersten Europe GmbH was invited for the festivities and to present its contribution to the project to the other guests.

Thanks to SIMIC and CNIM for the order.

More information about ITER:  https://www.iter.org/news/videos/396.

In October, we already reported about this High Tech project with the companies SIMIC and CNIM

https://www.kersteneurope.com/de/neuigkeiten/high-technology-project-kersten-europe-biegt-fur-den-iter-reaktor

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