(Yogyakarta, 20/07/2020) Head of the Nuclear Energy Supervisory Agency (Bapeten), Jazi Eko Istiyanto visited the flagship facilities of the Polytechnic Institute of Nuclear Technology (STTN) namely Betatron and Iradiator, Wednesday (08/07). The visit to the two STTN facilities aims to find out in detail the facilities and their use in supporting learning tasks and functions for universities and the wider community while ensuring their safety.

Director of Inspection of Radiation Facilities and Radioactive Substances, Zainal Arifin said, Betatron is a tool for detecting cracks in concrete. In its utilization, this Betatron has been equipped with an operational permit and has already conducted trials. Betatron is a high-tech tool and is currently widely used for testing cracks in toll road construction.

The chairman of STTN, Edy Giri Rachman Putra said, this high-tech Betatron was ordered in 2018 and in 2019 it has been tested in Jepara. It is hoped that in the future, mastery of this tool will be one of the selling points of STTN alumni, where the industrial sector will take advantage of it a lot. Betatron also supports the development of STTN as a Vocational University with the concept of Teaching Industry.

STTN has obtained a permit to use Betatron for further use in the field. Not only industry, other institutions also have the potential for cooperation to take advantage of the Betatron facility, including with the LAPAN (Pustekroket) in preparing propellant standards to support the movement of 1000 rockets.

Meanwhile, Jazi Eko in his speech said that licensing creates high economic value (increases), but also takes into account the burden (responsibility) for the permit holder. This visit was the beginning of inspection activities which had stopped due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This visit still takes into account the applicable health protocols, followed by routine (annual) inspections of the use of tools used for research purposes, radiographs and irradiators at STTN by the inspection team from Bapeten. (rtm/fm)