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Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 5:34pm

With Y12’s new paper disintegrator, all of the site’s sensitive and nonsensitive paper will be disintegrated onsite.With Y12’s new paper disintegrator, all of the site’s sensitive and nonsensitive paper will be disintegrated onsite.

Y-12 recently completed installation and startup testing of a new dual-stage paper disintegrator to better support site information security and sustainability practices. Now, 100 percent of Y-12’s sensitive and nonsensitive office paper is disintegrated on-site and available for recycling into compressed paper products.

Processing this paper on site reduces potential security risks. “The new disintegrator allows for expanded control of unclassified workrelated paper, ensuring all paper is properly destroyed,” said Marcia Baird, manager of Information Security.

Moreover, the new disintegrator system produces paper briquettes to be used by off-site recycling vendors to make compressed paper products, such as egg cartons. “Our old disintegrator cut paper into such small pieces that the paper fibers weren’t long enough to go through the recycling process,” said Jan Jackson, program manager for Sustainability and Stewardship. “The new dual-stage disintegrator system first shreds, then fine cuts paper, and finally compresses the disintegrated paper into recyclable briquettes.”

Y-12’s new disintegrator replaces equipment that had exceeded its design life and was no longer a reliable, cost-efficient option. The new disintegrator will process more than 300,000 pounds of paper annually, nearly doubling the quantity previously processed on-site.

Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 2:44pm

B61-12 Life extension poster

It’s a go.

Y-12 recently received the Qualification Evaluation Release for the B61-12 Life Extension Program canned subassembly. Receiving this QER was the final step to authorize CNS to begin manufacturing and delivery of the program’s first production unit, scheduled for March 2019.

Y-12 Site Manager Bill Tindal said, “We are delivering a key contribution to global security through this program. I couldn’t be more proud of how all organizations pulled together to accomplish this difficult task.”

Posted: Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 4:18pm

Tom Hayden (center) listens to Y-12 interns share results from their projects.Tom Hayden (center) listens to Y-12 interns share results from their projects.

Last month, CNS’s 47 summer interns gave employees an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the valuable work they performed at Pantex and Y‑12 over the past 10 weeks.

Of the interns (11 at Pantex and 36 at Y-12), eight returned to CNS for a second stint. The students represented 24 universities, including the United States Military Academy at West Point, and worked with one of six CNS organizations. More than 20 were part of NNSA’s Minority Serving Institution Partnership Program or other university partnership programs and consortia.

Amanda Muirhead, Talent Management consultant and Y‑12 Summer Intern program manager, said, “This 2018 summer intern class was an extremely bright and engaged group, and they served as a great reminder of the importance of taking initiative in your work and in what you care about. Something unique about this class in particular were the friendships that were made and care they displayed for each other. This class not only demonstrated they are book smart, but that they are overall well‑rounded people who we had the pleasure to get to know.”

Nicole Eminger, acting senior manager of Diversity and Talent Management, said, “Last fall when we began reviewing resumes, I knew that the caliber of students for the 2018 Intern Program was going to raise the bar. This group of interns certainly did not disappoint. As a whole, the intern class inspired me and reminded me that tomorrow’s workforce is innovative, passionate to affect change, willing to learn, and ready to take on any challenge we put in front of them.”

Twenty‑three interns were selected to receive full‑time employment offers to join CNS after graduation with an additional 11 being considered for returning internships.

Evan from @school (right) talks with Morgan Smith (left) and Mike Beck at the Pantex Intern Expo.Evan from @school (right) talks with Morgan Smith (left) and Mike Beck at the Pantex Intern Expo.

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Posted: Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 12:35pm

Watch the Computed Tomology Technology videoWatch the Computed Tomology Technology video

For decades, Y-12 has used x-ray technology to inspect parts for reliability issues.

This two-dimensional process is not only time-consuming, the rising costs of the technology make it prohibitive to operate in a production environment.

Developers at Y-12 are taking Computed Tomography (CT) technology and using it to produce high-fidelity data for batches of parts in a quick, efficient manner, which makes quality checks a one-stop evaluation.

Take a look at how Y-12 is seeing the unseen—quickly and accurately.

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Posted: Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 11:41am

 Y-12 Procurement Coordinator Derek Raby, left, and Dennis Lorick of onsite vendor Tevet discuss some of the items that will be available at the new tool crib and parts station.Y-12 Procurement Coordinator Derek Raby, left, and Dennis Lorick of onsite vendor Tevet discuss some of the items that will be available at the new tool crib and parts station.

The way parts and materials will be ordered, handled, and distributed at Pantex and Y-12 is changing—instead of going out to get parts and tools from a vendor, the vendor is coming to us, and it’s not costing us anything—in fact, it’s saving taxpayer dollars.

Known as vendor-managed inventory, the concept basically brings the supplier and materials to the point of use, similar to having an on site storefront. It was piloted at the new John C. Drummond Center at Pantex where a catalog of 10,000 office supplies was reduced to 1,000 approved items that are delivered directly to the employee. Until the items are delivered to the worker, they are owned and managed by the supplier.

The savings come from bulk ordering, reducing redundant ordering by various departments as well as more costly emergency ordering. CNS does not own or pay for materials until they are issued to a work order or end user. The small business provider will manage the materials and ensure stock levels are maintained.

Once the tool crib station at Y-12 is up and running, a second station will be opened. Both the office supplies and the tool crib/parts models will eventually expand to include both sites.

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