Author: Cosic, D.D.
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WEPV005 Experiment Automation Using EPICS 625
  • D.D. Cosic, M. Vićentijević
    RBI, Zagreb, Croatia
  Beam time at accelerator facilities around the world is very expensive and scarce, prompting the need for experiments to be performed as efficiently as possible. Efficiency of an accelerator facility is measured as a ratio of experiment time to beam optimization time. At RBI we have four ion sources, two accelerators, ten experimental end stations. We can obtain around 50 different ion species, each requiring a different set of parameters for optimal operation. Automating repetitive procedures can increase efficiency of an experiment and beam setup time. Currently, operators manually fine tunes the parameters to optimize the beam current. This process can be very long and requires many iterations. Automatic optimization of parameters can save valuable accelerator time. Based on a successful implementation of EPICS, the system was expanded to automate reoccurring procedures. To achieve this, a PLC was integrated into EPICS and our acquisition system was modified to communicate with devices through EPICS. This allowed us to use tools available in EPICS to do beam optimization much faster than a human operator can, and therefore significantly increased the efficiency of our facility.  
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About • Received ※ 08 October 2021       Accepted ※ 21 November 2021       Issue date ※ 16 February 2022  
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