May 8, 2023 | By Ellen O'Shea
NAC International is pleased to present its versatile OPTIMUS-L transport solution in action.

In this timelapse video, we can follow the simple procedure workers use to open an OPTIMUS-L package, remove materials inside for disposal, and close the package ready for transport.

With the help of a crane or forklift, the large outer packaging assembly lid is removed and placed to one side. Then the containment vessel lid is also removed. After materials have been removed, the process is reversed, with each lid replaced and closed by a set of bolts. The OPTIMUS-L package is then ready for transport.

The video was filmed at Waste Control Specialists' facility in Andrews Country, Texas.

The OPTIMUS system provides versatility for shipping through optimization of content shielding, payloads, and configuration for a specific project.

OPTIMUS-L accommodates lower activity materials such as low-level wastes, mixed wastes, contact-handled transuranic waste (TRU), lower activity intermediate-level waste, low-enriched uranium (LEU) fuel materials including HALEU, and other low-activity contents.

OPTIMUS-L has a cousin, OPTIMUS-H, which uses the same cask containment vessel, but placed inside a ductile cast iron outer shield vessel and impact limiters, making it suitable for high-activity materials like remote-handled transuranic waste (RH TRU) and spent fuel.

Both the OPTIMUS-H and OPTIMUS-L packages have been certified for use in Canada, while the U.S. NRC has certified the OPTIMUS-L, and its analysis of OPTIMUS-H is progressing.

Learn more about OPTIMUS here.