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Oothoudt, M. A.

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MOPAS052 The LANSCE Control System Current State and Upgrade Outlook 554
  • M. Pieck, E. Bjorklund, G. P. Carr, J. A. Faucett, J. O. Hill, D. M. Kerstiens, P. S. Marroquin, P. McGhee, M. A. Oothoudt, S. Schaller
    LANL, Los Alamos, New Mexico
  The LANSCE (Los Alamos Neutron Science Center) runs its LINAC control system based on 30(+) year old technology. While some peripheral upgrades have been made over the years, the control system will need some major improvements over the next five years in order to continue to support the user facility's mission. The proposed multi-million dollar LANSCE-R (Refurbishment) project creates a unique opportunity to upgrade the existing control system. We intend to use the EPICS (Experimental Physics and Industrial Control System) control system with the following goals for effective control at modest cost: (1) Replacing our VMS basedμVAX's; (2) Replacing the RICE (Remote Instrumentation and Control Equipment) subsystem with Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) to handle regular data acquisition and control, and custom hardware to handle "flavored" data acquisition; (3) Replacing the Master Timer subsystem with a modern event system; (4) Converting Fortran programs running on VAX/VMS computers to Java Programs running on Linux-based desktop PCs. The boundary condition, as usual, is that we must implement these major changes on a running accelerator.  
MOPAS053 LANSCE Vacuum System Improvements for Higher Reliability and Availability 557
  • T. Tajima, M. J. Borden, A. Canabal, J. P. Chamberlin, S. Harrison, F. R. Olivas, M. A. Oothoudt, J. J. Sullivan
    LANL, Los Alamos, New Mexico
  The Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) accelerator, an 800-MeV proton linac with a storage ring, has been operated over 30 years since early 1970s. Due to the aging and radiation damage of equipment, cables and connectors, the number of troubles is increasing. In order to reduce the time for unscheduled maintenance, we have implemented a system to catch a symptom of degrading vacuum and send an email automatically. We have been testing this system since July 2006. This paper describes this alert system and our experience. In addition, we will describe our plan for modernizing the vacuum system in the next few years.  
FRPMS051 Proposed Beam Diagnostics Instrumentation for the LANSCE Refurbishment Project 4099
  • J. D. Gilpatrick, B. Blind, M. J. Borden, J. L. Erickson, M. S. Gulley, S. S. Kurennoy, R. C. McCrady, J. F. O'Hara, M. A. Oothoudt, C. Pillai, J. F. Power, L. Rybarcyk, F. E. Shelley
    LANL, Los Alamos, New Mexico
  Funding: *Work supported by the U. S. Department of Energy.

Presently, the Los Alamos National Laboratory is in the process of planning a refurbishment of various sub-systems within its Los Alamos Neutron Science Center accelerator facility. A part of this LANSCE facility refurbishment will include some replacement of and improvement to existing older beam diagnostics instrumentation. While plans are still being discussed, some instrumentation that is under improvement or replacement consideration are beam phase and position measurements within the 805-MHz side-coupled cavity linac, slower wire profile measurements, typically known as wire scanners, and possibly additional installation of fast ionization-chamber loss monitors. This paper will briefly describe the requirements for these beam measurements, what we have done thus far to answer these requirements, and some of the technical issues related to the implementation of these instrumentation.