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PAR Systems Takes Home the Tekne Award for Advanced Manufacturing

November 18, 2015


SHOREVIEW, MN, September 28, 2015 – PAR Systems, Inc. (, a world leader in specialty cranes, aerospace manufacturing, material handling, automation, and robotic solutions since 1961, has been selected as the winner in the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) Tekne Awards for the Advanced Manufacturing category for the world’s most sophisticated remote robotic nuclear crane, the Main Crane System (MCS) and TensileTruss™ design. The 2015 Tekne Awards were held at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Thursday, Nov. 18. The Tekne Awards honor Minnesota companies and individuals who have shown superior technology innovation and leadership.


The MCS will be used exclusively for the cleanup efforts of the destroyed nuclear reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine. PAR Systems is providing their patented TensileTruss® technology which enables a rigid lightweight extendible Mobile Tool Platform (MTP), along with a full suite of specialized technologies, for robotic cleanup. This TensileTruss® technology was also provided by PAR to support the cleanup activities at the Fukushima nuclear site in Japan.


The MCS is enormous in size, measuring in at 96 meters long, which is taller than the Statue of Liberty. The MCS is made up of the four major components: two 96 meter (315 feet) bridges, a classic carriage hoist, a secure carriage hoist, and a Mobile Tool Platform (MTP) utilizing PAR’s TensileTruss® technology. The major components of the MCS required extensive engineering and reliability analysis to ensure it could operate in the harsh radioactive environment. PAR Systems’ sophisticated crane system will be instrumental in safely cleaning up of one of the world’s worst nuclear accidents at the Chernobyl Reactor 4 site. The structural elements being dismantled will be large and heavy, so this massive and thoroughly engineered MCS is required for the safety of the citizens and the environment.


About PAR Systems

PAR Systems, a portfolio company of MML Capital Partners (, is a world leader in providing advanced intelligent solutions for critical material handling, automation, and robotic applications that drive customer quality, safety, and productivity. Since 1961, PAR has created fully integrated systems, which are often first-of-a-kind manufacturing solutions, for a broad range of industries including aerospace, hazardous material/nuclear, life science and process automation, marine/defense, heavy material handling, and industrial. Headquartered in Minnesota, PAR Systems has global engineering and manufacturing centers of excellence. For more information on PAR Systems, visit