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BART: Development of a Sample Exchange System for MX Beamlines

DOI: 10.18429/JACoW-ICALEPCS2017-THPHA200 DOI Help

Authors: J. D. O'hea (Diamond Light Source) , M. H. Burt (Diamond Light Source) , S. Fisher (Diamond Light Source) , K.m.j. Jones (Diamond Light Source) , K. E. Mcauley (Diamond Light Source) , G. Preece (Diamond Light Source) , M. A. Williams (Diamond Light Source)
Co-authored by industrial partner: No

Type: Conference Paper
Conference: ICALEPCS2017
Peer Reviewed: No

State: Published (Approved)
Published: January 2018

Abstract: Automation plays a key role in the macromolecular crystallography (MX) beamlines at Diamond Light Source (DLS). This is particularly evident with sample exchange; where fast, reliable, and accurate handling is required to ensure high quality and high throughput data collection. This paper looks at the design, build, and integration of an in-house robot control system. The system was designed to improve reliability and exchange times, provide high sample storage capacity, and accommodate easy upgrade paths, whilst gaining and maintaining in-house robotics knowledge. The paper also highlights how peripheral components were brought under the control of a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) based integration unit, including a vision system.

Journal Keywords: ion; controls; EPICS; PLC; software

Subject Areas: Technique Development, Information and Communication Technology

Technical Areas: Controls

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