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Computer Controlled Vacuum Control System for Synchrotron Radiation Beam Lines

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3 Author(s)
Goldberg, S.M. ; Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory SLAC Bin-69, P.O. Box 4349 Stanford, CA 94305 ; Yang, J. ; Wang, C.

The increasing number and complexity of vacuum control systems at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory has resulted in the need to computerize its operations in order to lower costs and increase efficiency of operation. Status signals are transmitted through digital and analog serial data links which use microprocessors to monitor vacuum status continuously. Each microprocessor has a unique address and up to 256 can be connected to the host computer over a single RS232 data line. A FORTRAN program on the host computer will request status messages and send control messages via only one RS232 line per beam line, signal the operator when a fault condition occurs, take automatic corrective actions, warn of impending valve failure, and keep a running log of all changes in vacuum status for later recall. Wiring costs are thus greatly reduced and more status conditions can be monitored without adding excessively to the complexity of the system. Operators can then obtain status reports at various locations in the lab quickly without having to read a large number of meter and LED's.

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Nuclear Science, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:30 ,  Issue: 4 )