Author: Giacchini, M.G.
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Industrial Control System for IFMIF EVEDA RFQ Power Test  
  • L. Antoniazzi, A. Baldo, M.G. Giacchini, M. Montis, A. Pisent
    INFN/LNL, Legnaro (PD), Italy
  In the IFMIF EVEDA project*, normal conducting Radio Frequency Quadrupole (RFQ) is used to bunch and accelerate a 130 mA steady beam to 5 MeV. RFQ cavity is divided into 18 modules. The final 3 modules are under test at high power to validate the most critical RF components of RFQ cavity and, on the other hand, to test performances of the main ancillaries that will be used for IFMIF EVEDA project (vacuum system, tuning system and control system). In order to perform RFQ power tests at Legnaro National Laboratories (LNL)**, the RFQ Local Control System (LCS) was extended in order to include also the functionalities and services that, in the final installation, will be in charge of different control systems (e.g. Central Control System, RF system, etc.). The Experimental Physics and Industrial Control System (EPICS) environment*** provides the framework for any equipment and service connected to it. Industrial controls and automation (e.g. Vacuum, Cooling, MPS, PPS and tuning system) are in charge of SIEMENS PLCs and SIEMENS Modular Safety System (MSS)****. This paper reports the configuration and usage of these industrial controls during the RFQ power tests at LNL.
Upgrade to the Control System Based on EPICS for the Beam Transport in SPES Project  
  • M. Montis, G. Bassato, M.G. Giacchini
    INFN/LNL, Legnaro (PD), Italy
  • M.A. Bellato
    INFN- Sez. di Padova, Padova, Italy
  Beam diagnostics and magnet control systems of ALPI-PIAVE accelerators* have been recently upgraded by migrating the control software from a custom solution to EPICS(**,***). While for the diagnostics hardware, based on VME solution, has been left unchanged to reduce the upgrade costs and software has been rewritten from the scratch, the new magnet system has been totally re-implemented using new low cost embedded hardware equipped with custom Linux and EPICS framework. Particular attention has been paid for the Human-Machine Interface realized with Control System Studio framework in order to satisfy the end user requirements from the "look and feel" point of view and, at the same time, exploit all the featured provided from a distributed control system framework like EPICS.
WEM307 Custom Hardware Platform Based on Intel Edison Module 1
  • D. Pedretti, D. Bortolato, F. Gelain, M.G. Giacchini, D. Marcato, M. Montis, S. Pavinato, J.A. Vásquez
    INFN/LNL, Legnaro (PD), Italy
  • M.A. Bellato, R. Isocrate
    INFN- Sez. di Padova, Padova, Italy
  The Computer-on-Module approach makes cutting edge technology easily accessible and lowers the entry barriers to anyone prototyping and developing embedded systems. Furthermore, it is possible to add all the system specific functionalities to the generic PC functions which are readily available in an off-the-shelf core module reducing the time to market and enhancing the creativity of system engineers. The purpose of this paper is to show a custom hardware platform based on the tiny and low power Intel Edison Compute Module, which uses a 22nm Intel processing core and contains connectivity elements to ensure device-to-device and device-to-cloud connectivity. The Intel Edison carrier board designed is expected to act as a local intelligent node, a readily available custom EPICS*,** IOC for extending the control reach to small appliances in the context of the SPES project. The board acts as an Ethernet to RS232/RS422 interface translator with Power-Over-Ethernet supply and network booting as key features of this platform. The x86 architecture of the Edison makes standard Linux software deployment straightforward. Currently the board is in prototyping stage.
slides icon Slides WEM307 [1.052 MB]  
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RF System and Calibration Tool for RFQ IFMIF Project  
  • M. Montis, L. Antoniazzi, A. Baldo, M.G. Giacchini, A. Pisent
    INFN/LNL, Legnaro (PD), Italy
  Legnaro National Laboratories* is involved in IFMIF EVEDA Project** in order to realize the Radio Frequency Quadrupole (RFQ) required to bunch and accelerate a 130 mA steady beam to 5 MeV. Because of the high performances required by this part of the apparatus, one of the most critical task is the RF signals acquisition and the mathematics needed to provide correct parameters for realizing closed loop controls coordinated with other sub-systems composing the RFQ ancillary equipments, the interlocks required by the Machine-Protection System (MPS) and the data for post-analysis. The RF acquisition has been implemented with VME based hardware equipped with VxWorks OS and EPICS framework***,**** while the numerical elaboration has been entrusted to a EPICS softIOC runned on a KVM***** virtual machine. A very important aspect was line calibration; for this purpose a dedicated EPICS tool was developed to standardize and automate the job.
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