AMS secures NRC approval for its online monitoring technology in nuclear power plants

As we celebrate entrepreneurship in the Knoxville region during “Innov865 Week,” we took note of this news release (AMS_NRC News Release) from Analysis and Measurement Services Corporation (AMS), the Knoxville-based nuclear engineering company with a worldwide list of clientele that was co-founded by H.M. (Hash) Hashemian.

AMS announced that it has received formal approval from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for implementation of its online monitoring (OLM) technology in nuclear power plants. The technology promises to save nuclear plants millions of dollars in maintenance costs while improving plant safety and reducing radiation exposure to plant personnel.

Hash Hashemian

“Today, nuclear plants calibrate hundreds of pressure, level, and flow transmitters about every two years, although only a few of them normally need a calibration,” Hashemian said in the news release. “With the regulatory approval of AMS’s OLM technology, plants can identify if and when a transmitter needs a calibration and thereby reduce the number of unnecessary calibrations by as much as 90 percent. AMS first implemented the OLM technology at the Sizewell B Nuclear Power Plant near London, England in 2005 saving the plant as much as five million dollars in maintenance and production costs every 18 months. The implementation of OLM in U.S. plants was pending NRC approval which was just issued to AMS.”

Hashemian is one of the “Knoxville Entrepreneurial Legends” that we have been spotlighting this year in He launched the company in 1977. You can find our most recent article on AMS and its Co-Founder here.

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