Nuclear power's biggest trade group in the U.S. has announced its yearly honors for leaders in the industry, with Constellation Energy's Calvert Cliffs plant earning high praise for an innovation that cuts nozzle installation time by more than 75 percent.The Nuclear Energy Institute recently awarded the plant's employees the 2013 B. Ralph Sylvia Best of the Best Award for their innovative Mini-ID temper bead welding process. While installing pressurizer lower head heater nozzles and level nozzles, their process reduced the volume of weld material by 90 percent, according to an NEI release. It slashed the weld time for a single installation from 18 hours to four hours and saved the company $17.5 million during a recent maintenance outage. What's more, the NEI said the technology can also be applied at nearly 70 other U.S. reactors.The award is the most vaunted of the Top Industry Practice awards issued in a range of categories. From NEI:2013 TIP Vendor Awards
TIP Process Awards
Materials and Services
The TIP Vision & Leadership Award
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