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EPICS at the Protein Crystallography Beamlines of the SLS. The Beamlines PX and PXII. PX – in User Operation (since 2001) EPICS 3.13.2 PX II – under Construction (Operation start 1/2005) EPICS 3.13.9. Beamline Schematic. Experimental Station:

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The beamlines px and pxii
The Beamlines PX and PXII

PX – in User Operation

(since 2001)

EPICS 3.13.2

PX II – under Construction

(Operation start 1/2005)

EPICS 3.13.9


Beamline schematic
Beamline Schematic

  • Experimental

  • Station:

  • Detectors

  • Sample Mount

  • Microscope

  • Beam Conditioning:

  • Monochromator

  • Mirror

  • Slits

  • X-BPMs

  • Filters


Using epics for beamlines
Using EPICS for Beamlines?

  • What is the difference between an accelerator and a beamline?

  • different hardware (motors …)

  • experiment stations change frequently

  • beamline users are less experienced in controls

  • beamlines are smaller

  • more beamlines and all different


Using epics for protein crystallography beamlines
Using EPICS for Protein Crystallography Beamlines!

  • users change only crystals, not experiments

  • hardware is already supported

  • there are many Protein Crystallography beamlines

  • BUT:

  • need VERY easy to use software


How to use epics at beamlines
How to use EPICS at Beamlines?

  • mono-layer PVs between hardware and

  • high level software

  • + quick and easy to implement

  • - every program has to do calculations itself

  • - programs may be started twice ....

  • 2.complex structure of PVs and SNL programs

  • + calculations done centrally

  • + central functions prevent dual starts

  • - not so quick and easy to implement

  • - you need documentation to understand it next year


Problems and challenges at real beamlines
Problems and Challenges at Real Beamlines

  • VERY tight schedule – „no“ time at the beamlines

  • demand of high reliability

  • permanent upgrades of hardware

  • GUIs have to be fail save (inexperienced users)


Epics 3 14 beamline simulation
EPICS 3.14 Beamline Simulation

  • simulate the hardware on an office pc

  • (all time available, no problems with

  • cabling and adjustment)

  • use an EPICS 3.14.x IOC

  • (reboot in 3 seconds)

  • use the same configuration files

  • (templates and substitution files)

  • some additional work for correct

  • reactions


Future prospects of the simulation
Future Prospects of the simulation

  • simulate the experiment

  • simulate the beam for the whole beamline

  • status simulation of error states

  • use simulation for operator training

  • expand simulation to other beamlines


Summary
Summary

  • EPICS is a good choice for PX beamlines

  • on the way to a complex but „standardised“

  • EPICS database

  • use a simulation to develop, test and debug

  • database

  • (many thanks for developing 3.14!)



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