Project Description: 

Developed during CERN’s Long Shutdown 1, this orbital cutting machine has been designed to cut a broad range of pipes of different diameters and materials located in places which are particularly difficult to access. Once mounted on a pipe, the cutter operates autonomously without manual assistance, making it suitable to cut pipes which present health hazards, such as radioactively contaminated pipes.


Some projects using this technology: 
  • The compact universal orbital cutter: a tool for industrial piping needs
    CERN technician Didier Lombard developed a compact new pipe-cutting tool for the Large Hadron Collider, with potential applications in the gas and petrol industry.

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