What We Do
The Collider Accelerator Department (C-AD) Controls Group designs, develops and supports computing solutions for the effective and reliable control, monitoring, and analysis of the injectors and storage rings within the Collider-Accelerator Department.
C-AD Controls Systems Section
Controls Head: Kevin Brown firstname.lastname@example.org
Deputy: Ted D'Ottavio email@example.com
The Controls Systems Section is composed of two major sets of groups; Software Systems and Hardware Systems.
Front End Systems Group (FEC)
Group Leader: Jim Jamilkowski firstname.lastname@example.org
Controls Hardware Group
Group Leader: Charles Theisen email@example.com
The Controls Hardware Group maintains more than 13,000 modules, chassis, fiber optic components, PLCs, and specialty items. Together they combine to provide the approximately 2 million control points over all the systems. The primary Controls hardware platform is the VMEbus chassis, with 315 of these online throughout the facility. Each chassis contains a powerful processor card, and on average contains an additional 10 to 20 custom and commercial VME modules, providing a wide variety of functions and utilities. Some of the types of VME modules include Function Generators, Analog I/O boards, Digital I/O boards, Scalars, Motion Controllers, and specialty Timing boards.
In addition to the VMEbus chassis and their many boards, some of the more notable systems include over a 1000 Power Supply Interface modules, a large fiber optic distribution system, unique distributed timing systems (including the Real Time Data Link, Beam Sync Link, and Event Links), the Beam Permit Link (used for machine protection), a PLC based power supply control system, the Ground Fault monitoring system, and a distributed Temperature Collection system.