Obsolescence is one of the most serious issues facing the nuclear power industry today. Of the 100,000 parts a plant typically relies on every day to stay up and running, one in five will be difficult – or impossible - to replace (as defined in INPO NX-1037). That’s 20,000 potential obsolescence issues quietly waiting to make themselves known when least expected or desired. Failure of an obsolete part can lead to extended outages, loss of revenue and greater operating costs. Having a proactive strategy in place will help avoid costly maintenance and repairs due to a part being unavailable.
Nova, a product and service brand of Curtiss-Wright Nuclear, provides a low cost solution to obsolescence with the reverse engineering of precision machined components for ASME Section III, safety-related, commercial products and systems requirements.
Nova’s parent company, Curtiss-Wright Nuclear, has a major role in obsolescence solutions and has partnered with PKMJ to develop the ObSolutions Program. This program enables Curtiss-Wright Nuclear and PKMJ to team with nuclear utilities to develop generic solutions to obsolescence that affect multiple utilities. Nova’s role as a short-term solution for quick turnaround and emergency response is to provide the necessary precision machined components and replacement parts necessary to keep equipment running until a longer-term solution can be met by another Curtiss-Wright Nuclear product or service brand.