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Control system for BCP processing facility at FNAL

By Cristian Boffo et al.


The surface processing is one of the key elements of superconducting RF cavity fabrication. Safety and reliability are the main requirements for the chemical surface treatment facility being developed at FNAL. Accepting the Buffered Chemical Polishing (BCP) as the baseline process, a ''gravity feed and open etching tank'' approach has been chosen at this stage. This choice resulted in the introduction of a control system with a strong automation since the number of elements to be controlled at different steps of the process is rather big. In order to allow for maximum flexibility, two operational modes were defined within the control system: semi-automatic, which requires an operator's decision to move from one stage to another, and manual. This paper describes the main features of the control system for the BCP facility that is under development at FNAL

Topics: Superconductivity, Processing, Surface Treatments, 43 Particle Accelerators, Etching, Automation, Control Systems, Reliability, Flexibility, Chemical Polishing, Fabrication, Safety
Publisher: Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Year: 2003
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Provided by: UNT Digital Library
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