Danfysik has selected Heason Technology to supply a control system and software package for micropositioning magnetic array insertion devices for the NSLS-II National Synchrotron Light Source.
Currently under construction and due for completion in 2015, the NSLS-II is located at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York, US.
The project involves the supply of six complete EPICS-based control systems, with each controller capable of four-axis synchronised motion control, interfacing with the Danfysik-built advanced permanent insertion devices, which are known as Moveable Gap Damping Wigglers.
Insertion devices are used to generate synchrotron radiation and the damping wigglers reduce the beam emittance so as to ensure the optimum luminosity as well as provide a broadband, high-intensity source of x-ray radiation.
The new Brookhaven electron storage facility will have a beam intensity that is some 10,000 times larger than its predecessor and one important and topical area of science that will be explored is to investigate the potential for clean, affordable energy.
Heason Technology will undertake the design, production and development of the control system hardware and software with assembly and local testing at their facility in Horsham, as well as on-site installation and test in Denmark during 2012.
The scope of supply includes an I/O controller for general-purpose machine interfacing; temperature and other system-critical sensors; a Delta Tau Geo Brick motion controller with stepper motor drives; and additional I/O for high-resolution encoders, motor brakes and limit switches for four-axis motion control.
A GUI will provide user-level screens for the operational use of the wiggler, as well as lower-level engineering control and status screens for testing, fault-finding, calibration and commissioning.
The Brookhaven NSLS-II facility will eventually accommodate at least 58 beam lines, using 27 straight sections for insertion-device sources and 31 bending-magnet wiggler sources, with additional beam lines possible through canted insertion devices and multiple branches.