Author: Hendricks, M.R.
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TUPP005 PLC Based Flexible and Scalable Vacuum Control at the Argonne Tandem Linear Accelerator System (ATLAS) 280
  • Y. Luo, D.G. Bilbrough, C. Dickerson, A.E. Germain, M.R. Hendricks, C.E. Peters, S.I. Sharamentov
    ANL, Lemont, Illinois, USA
  Funding: This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Physics, under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357. This research used resources of ANL’s ATLAS facility, a DOE Office.
The beamline sections of an accelerator and different ion sources require a vacuum system capable of providing pressures down to 10-10 Torr. To control, monitor, and provide interlock protection of the vacuum equipment, a PLC-based vacuum control system was developed and tested at the Argonne Tandem Linear Accelerator (ATLAS). This system was designed to be highly flexible and scalable to meet the variety of equipment and configurations at ATLAS. The current FGPA-based system is reliable and fast, but is very difficult to maintain and upgrade. Particular attention was paid to the signal distribution to promote standard cable connections, minimize the usage of terminal blocks, and reduce the time to troubleshoot problematic channels. The system monitors the status of fast acting relays for interlock or control purposes, and utilizes RS-485 communication to gather lower priority information such as pump speeds or vacuum pressure readouts. The vacuum levels are monitored to interlock the high voltages of some beam instruments to protect against sparks as the Paschen minimum is approached. This paper mainly presents work on hardware interface to various vacuum devices.
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About • paper received ※ 30 August 2019       paper accepted ※ 07 September 2019       issue date ※ 10 November 2019  
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