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  11124   Mon Mar 9 16:50:35 2015 Champagne DuckFrogsTreasureCelebrating Lock

  11369   Mon Jun 22 14:21:42 2015 SteveMetaphysicsTreasureJenne and Den graduated

Last supper before departing at  "Grazie" El Portal. All the best on your journey!

  11986   Thu Feb 11 14:28:50 2016 SteveUpdateTreasure091415 declared

   Beautifully Done

   Chirp

  what is next?

Atm 3, Ron Drever could not celebrate with us because of health issues.

 

  12007   Wed Feb 24 09:06:25 2016 SteveUpdateTreasurethe way it happened

 Celebration

Quote:

   Beautifully Done

   Chirp

  what is next?

Atm 3, Ron Drever could not celebrate with us because of health issues.

 

 

  12562   Fri Oct 14 15:47:00 2016 ranaUpdateTreasurefilters + clip

I say just fix the clipping. Don't worry about the PRM OSEM filters. We can do that next time when we put in the ITM baffles. No need for them on this round.

  12694   Fri Jan 6 17:00:26 2017 ranaFrogsTreasureVideo of Lab Tour

In this video: https://youtu.be/iphcyNWFD10, the comments focus on the orange crocs, my wrinkled shirt, and the first aid kit.

  12917   Wed Mar 29 16:38:00 2017 SteveOmnistructureTreasuresus fiber illluminated
  12919   Thu Mar 30 10:41:56 2017 ranaOmnistructureTreasuresus fiber illluminated

Very, very cool!  yes

  12922   Fri Mar 31 16:10:33 2017 SteveUpdateTreasureLes Guthman

Les Guthman interviews  gradstudent Graig.

Main laser emergency shut off was acuated by accident during this fiming. The laser is turned on.

  13140   Tue Jul 25 00:03:01 2017 ranaOmnistructureTreasurecoffee pot lid

I have recommissioned the Zojirushi coffee pot lid. You may, once again, align the dots in order to make the carafe pourable.

Details:

The Zojirushi lid is a two part mechanism:

  1. The top part of the lid must be removed for cleaning.
  2. When replacing the lid the two components must be aligned to < 3 mrad precision so that the "teeth" are able to land in the groove.
  3. There is a 4-fold degeneracy in this process. To break the degeneracy, align the dot on top with the spout gap (visible from the bottom view).
  4. After proper alignment and mating, the two parts should snap together and the relative alignment wiggle available should be < 2 mrad.
  5. After screwing the two-piece lid onto the carafe, ensure that the 2 dots are separated by < 170 deg in the closed position.
  14124   Thu Aug 2 16:30:08 2018 SteveUpdateTreasuretime capsule location

I 've just found this time capsule note from Nov. 26, 2000 by Kip Thorne:  LIGO will discover gravitational waves by Dec.31, 2007

Quote:

   Beautifully Done

   Chirp

  what is next?

Atm 3, Ron Drever could not celebrate with us because of health issues.

 

 

  14265   Fri Nov 2 09:47:57 2018 SteveMetaphysicsTreasureZojirushi is dead

     It took at least ten years to rust away. crying

  14271   Mon Nov 5 15:55:39 2018 SteveMetaphysicsTreasureZojirushi is dead

We have no coffee machine.

We are dreaming about it

We still do not have it.

  14272   Tue Nov 6 09:45:32 2018 aaronMetaphysicsTreasureZojirushi is dead

New all organic machine.

  16441   Sun Oct 31 14:21:31 2021 ranaHowToTreasureIFOCad

IFOcad model/video of the AEI 10m interferometer:

https://10m.aei.mpg.de/design-and-sensitivity/

  16727   Tue Mar 15 13:49:44 2022 Ian MacMillanBureaucracyTreasureNew Screwdriver Bits

I have received the new screwdriver bits that will work with the two electric screwdrivers we have. I have distributed them in the 40m. Some are in the electronics stations and some are in the toolbox in the lab. The new electric screwdriver (which looks like a drill but takes typical screwdriver bits) is in the room with the workshop. It is in the blue Makita box. For some reason, lots of the old bits were rounded because of incorrect use. I have thrown the unuseable ones out.

I also requested some screw extractors in case we need them. the one we have now is really big and may not work on smaller screws.

  17139   Wed Sep 14 15:40:51 2022 JCUpdateTreasurePlastic Containers

There are brand new empty plastic containers located inside the shed that is outside in the cage. These can be used for organizing new equipment for CDS, or cleanup after Wednesday meetings

  14153   Fri Aug 10 11:29:39 2018 aaronConfigurationUpgradeParts list for BHD

I've started putting together a list of things we'll need to buy to do BHD readout. I'm still messing around with more detailed optics layouts, but wanted to get a list started here so people can let me know if I'm missing any big, obvious categories of goods.

My current plan makes minimal changes to the signal path going to the OMC, and tries to just get the LO beam into the OMC with minimal optics. I'm not thinking of any of the optics as suspended, and it requires several reflections of the LO beam, so probably this is not an excellent configuration, but it's a start for getting the parts list:

  1. My current thought is to use the MC reflection, the beam that heads from MC1 to MCR1, as the LO beam
    1. From MCR1, send the LO to a BS that directs it into an MMT, oriented along x (and lets us keep the MC refl PO)
    2. After the two MMT optics, the beam will be traveling along -x, and can be directed to a mirror that sends it towards -y to two steering mirrors that send it along -x then +x near the top of the table (perpendicular to the signal MMT.
    3. Then, send it to a PBS, which replaces the mirror directly after the signal MMT. This is where it combines 
  2. Beam is then sent to the steering mirrors to bring it into the OMC
  3. In parallel, the signal beam is going through the same path it has now, including the pickoff beam, with the one change that we need a HWP somewhere before the PBS, and the PBS replaces the mirror directly after the MMT (and needs to move a bit closer to have the beam properly directed)

I started making a layout of this scheme, but it's probably not going to work so I'm going to make a quick layout of this more major modification instead:

  1. Both the MCR beam and the AS beam come in about parallel. Send each to a PO mirror.
  2. The PO mirror directs both beams into parallel MMT aligned along x
  3. From the MMT, each is directed to a pair of steering mirrors located where the OMC MMT is located now
  4. From the steering mirrors go to the PBS that combines the signal and LO
  5. Then to two more steering mirrors to get into the OMC, which may be moved towards +x
  6. From the OMC go to the BHD PBS

What we need

Optics

  • HWP for just before the LO combines with the signal
  • HWP for just before the signal combines with the LO (is this necessary?)
  • PBS to replace OM5 (combines the LO and the signal)
  • Two MMT optics
  • Two piezo-driven TT optics for steering the LO to the PBS
  • One additional non-piezo optic for between the LOMMT and the LO-TTs
  • One additional BS to get the LO into the MMT (and to let us still have the PO)
  • -1 optic—we pick up one mirror that we replace with the PBS

Optomechanics

  • 2x HWP mounts
  • 1x PBS mount
  • 2x mounts for piezo-driven TT
  • 2x MMT optic mounts—I didn’t take a close enough look at these during the vent to know what we need here
  • 2x mounts for ordinary optics
  • 9x clamps for optics mounts (maybe fewer if some are on blocks)
  • 9x posts for optics mounts

Electronics

  • Additional TT driver
  • HV supply for the new TTs
  • Are the HWP actively controlled? We might need something to drive those?
  • Do we have enough DAC/ADC channels?

Questions

These are mostly just miscellaneous

  1. What of these optics need to be suspended? If we need suspensions on all of the LO optics, including the MMT, I’m not sure we’re going to be able to fit all of this on the table as I envision it…..
  2. What if anything can we put out of vacuum (HWP for example)?
  3. Do we actually need two MMT?
  14154   Fri Aug 10 16:43:50 2018 gautamConfigurationUpgradeParts list for BHD

Can we use the leakage beam from MMT2 on the OMC table as the LO beam? I can't find the spec for this optic, but the leakage beam was clearly visible on an IR card even with the IMC locked with 100 mW input power so presumably there's enough light there, and this is a cavity transmission beam which presumably has some HOM content filtered out.

Quote:

My current thought is to use the MC reflection, the beam that heads from MC1 to MCR1, as the LO beam

  14155   Sun Aug 12 10:59:34 2018 aaronConfigurationUpgradeParts list for BHD

That seems fine, I wasn't thinking of that beam. in that case could we just have a PBS directly behind MMT2 and send both beams to the same OMMT?

Alternatively we can move OM5 and the beam path OMPO-OMMTSM towards -y, then put the LO-OMMT parallel to the existing OMMT but displaced in +x... we'd have to move the existing OMC and BHD towards +x as well. 

Quote:

Can we use the leakage beam from MMT2 on the OMC table as the LO beam? I can't find the spec for this optic, but the leakage beam was clearly visible on an IR card even with the IMC locked with 100 mW input power so presumably there's enough light there, and this is a cavity transmission beam which presumably has some HOM content filtered out.

  14158   Mon Aug 13 17:20:07 2018 aaronConfigurationUpgradeParts list for BHD

I've attached the diagram of what I mean.

There are a couple caveats and changes that would have to be made that are not included in this diagram, because they would be made on different tables.

  1. I moved MMT2, which means the other MMT optics would have to be adjusted to accomodate this. I checked out the configuration on the BS table and this seems doable with a small rotation of MMT1 and maybe PJ2.
  2. I don't know the best way to get the OMC REFL beam out... thoughts?
  3. This diagram is kind of crappy after my edits, someone should tell me how to avoid collapsing all layers when I open these layout diagrams in inkscape, because I ended up editing the layout in Acrobat instead, where the lack of object grouping caused a bunch of the optics to lose one or two lines along the way.
  4. I didn't include all beam paths explicitly but can if this looks like a good configuration.
  5. The optic that picks off the transmission through MMT2 will need to move a bit, but there was a clamp in the way; this should be a minor change.
  6. The optic just before the OMC needs to be moved up a bit.
  7. The optic after the signal OMMT should be changed to a PBS and translated a bit; this is where the LO and signal beams will combine

Gautam also had some questions about the BHD/OMC timeline and plan. I feel somewhat on shaky ground with the answers, but figured I'd post them so I can be corrected once and for all.

  1. Is the plan really to use the current OMC setup to make a homodyne measurement? 
    1. I'm not sure where on the timeline the new OMC and BHD switchover are relative to each other. I have been imagining doing the swap to BHD before having a new OMC.
  2. I thought the current OMC resurrection plan was to do DC readout and not homodyne?
    1. I think the OMC resurrection plan is leading to DC readout, but when we switch over to BHD we'll be able to operate at the dark fringe. Is that right?
  3. Is it really possible to use our single OMC to clean both the LO and dark port beams? Isn't this the whole raging debate for A+?
    1. My understanding is yes, with the LO and DP in orthogonal polarizations. It's not clear to me why we expect to be able to do this while there is a debate for A+, perhaps our requirements are weaker. It is something I should calculate, I'll talk to Koji.
  4. A layout diagram would be really useful.
    1. Attached now.
  5. Where in the priority list does this come in?
    1. I am a leaf in the wind. I think this comes well after we have the OMC resurrected, we just want to get a sense for what parts we need so we can order them before the fiscal year closes.
Quote:

That seems fine, I wasn't thinking of that beam. in that case could we just have a PBS directly behind MMT2 and send both beams to the same OMMT?

Alternatively we can move OM5 and the beam path OMPO-OMMTSM towards -y, then put the LO-OMMT parallel to the existing OMMT but displaced in +x... we'd have to move the existing OMC and BHD towards +x as well. 

Quote:

Can we use the leakage beam from MMT2 on the OMC table as the LO beam? I can't find the spec for this optic, but the leakage beam was clearly visible on an IR card even with the IMC locked with 100 mW input power so presumably there's enough light there, and this is a cavity transmission beam which presumably has some HOM content filtered out.

 

  14311   Tue Nov 20 17:38:13 2018 ranaUpdateUpgradeNew Coffee Machine

Rana, Aaron, Gautam

The old Zojirushi has died. We have received and comissioned our new Technivoorm Mocha Master today. It is good.

  14327   Sun Dec 2 16:08:44 2018 JonOmnistructureUpgradeFeedthroughs for Vacuum Acromag Chassis

Below is an inventory of the signal feedthroughs that need to be installed on the vacuum Acromag crate this week.

Type Qty Connects to # Chs Signals
DB-37 female 1 Main AC relay box 18 Valve/roughing pump control
DB-9 female 5** Satellite AC relay boxes 3-4/box Valve control
DB-25 male 1 Turbo pump 1 controller 5 Pump status readbacks
DB-9 male 30 Valve position indicators 2/valve Valve position readbacks
DB-9 male 3 Roughing pump controllers 1/pump Pump status readbacks
DB-9 male 1 Cryo pump controller 2 Pump status readbacks

**The original documentation lists five satellite boxes (one for each test mass chamber and one for the beamsplitter chamber), but Chub reports not all of them are in use. We may remove the ones not used.

  14330   Tue Dec 4 10:38:12 2018 JonOmnistructureUpgradeUpdated Feedthrough List for Vacuum Acromag Chassis

Based on new input from Chub, attached is the revised list of signal cable feedthroughs needed on the vacuum system Acromag crate. I believe this list is now complete.

  14348   Wed Dec 12 18:27:07 2018 JonOmnistructureUpgradeAnalog signals, A/D Acromag added to vacuum system

There turned out to be a few analog signals for the vacuum system after all. The TP2/3 foreline pressure gauges were never part of the digital system, but we wanted to add them, as some of the interlock conditions should be predicated on their readings. Each gauge connects to an old Granville-Phillips 375 controller which only has an analog output. Interfacing these signals with the new system required installing an Acromag XT1221 8-channel A/D unit. Taking advantage of the extra channels, I also moved the N2 delivery line pressure transducer to the XT1221, eliminating the need for its separate Omega DPiS32 controller. When the new high-pressure transducers are added to the two N2 tanks, their signals can also be connected.

The XT1221 is mounted on the DIN rail inside the chassis and I have wired a DB-9 feedthrough for each of its three input signals. It is assigned the IP 192.168.114.27 on the vacuum subnet. Testing the channels in situ revealed a subtley in calibrating them to physical units. It was first encountered by Johannes in a series of older posts, but I repeat it here in one place.

An analog-input EPICS channel can be calibrated from raw ADC counts to physical units (e.g., sensor voltage) in two ways:

  1. Via LINR="LINEAR" by setting the engineering-units fields EGUF="[V_max_adc]", EGUL="[V_min_adc]"
  2. Via LINR="NO CONVERSION" by manually setting the gain ASLO="[V/count]" and offset AOFF="[V_offset]"

From the documentation, under the engineering-units method EPICS internally computes:

where EGUF="eng units full scale", EGUL="eng units low", and "full scale A/D counts" is the full range of ADC counts. EPICS automatically infers the range of ADC counts based on the data type returned by the ADC. For a 16-bit ADC like the XT1221, this number is 2^16 = 65,536.

The problem is that, for unknown reasons, the XT1221 rescales its values post-digitization to lie within the range +/-30,000 counts. This corresponds to an actual "full scale A/D counts" = 60,001. If a multiplicative correction factor of 65,536/60,000 is absorbed into the values of EGUF and EGUL, then the first term in the above summation can be corrected. However, the second term (the offset) has no dependence on "full scale A/D counts" and should NOT absorb a correction factor. Thus adjusting the EGUF and EGUL values from, e.g., 10V to 10.92V is only correct when EGUL=0V. Otherwise there is a bias introduced from the offset term also being rescaled.

The generally correct way to handle this correction is to use the manual "NO CONVERSION" method. It constructs calibrated values by simply applying a specified gain and offset to the raw ADC counts:

calibrated val = (measured A/D counts)  x ASLO + AOFF

The gain ASLO="[(V_max_adc - V_min_adc) / 60,001]" and the offset AOFF="0". I have tested this on the three vacuum channels and confirmed it works. Note that if the XT1221 input voltage range is restricted from its widest +/-10V setting, the number of counts is not necessarily 60,001. Page 42 of the manual gives the correct counts for each voltage setting.

  14375   Thu Dec 20 21:29:41 2018 JonOmnistructureUpgradeVacuum Controls Switchover Completed

[Jon, Chub, Koji, Gautam]

Summary

Today we carried out the first pumpdown with the new vacuum controls system in place. It performed well. The only problem encountered was with software interlocks spuriously closing valves as the Pirani gauges crossed 1E-4 torr. At that point their readback changes from a number to "L OE-04, " which the system interpreted as a gauge failure instead of "<1E-4." This posed no danger and was fixed on the spot. The main volume was pumped to ~10 torr using roughing pumps 1 and 3. We were limited only by time, as we didn't get started pumping the main volume until after 1pm. The three turbo pumps were also run and tested in parallel, but were isolated to the pumpspool volume. At the end of the day, we closed every pneumatic valve and shut down all five pumps. The main volume is sealed off at ~10 torr, and the pumpspool volume is at ~1e-6 torr. We are leaving the system parked in this state for the holidays. 

Main Volume Pumpdown Procedure

In pumping down the main volume, we carried out the following procedure.

  1. Initially: All valves closed (including manual valves RV1 and VV1); all pumps OFF.
  2. Manually connected roughing pump line to pumpspool via KF joint.
  3. Turned ON RP1 and RP2.
  4. Waited until roughing pump line pressure (PRP) < 0.5 torr.
  5. Opened V3.
  6. Waited until roughing pump line pressure (PRP) < 0.5 torr.
  7. Manually opened RV1 throttling valve to main volume until pumpdown rate reached ~3 torr/min (~3 hours on roughing pumps).
  8. Waited until main volume pressure (P1a/P1b) < 0.5 torr.

We didn't quite reach the end of step 8 by the time we had to stop. The next step would be to valve out the roughing pumps and to valve in the turbo pumps.

Hardware & Channel Assignments

All of the new hardware is now permanently installed in the vacuum rack. This includes the SuperMicro rack server (c1vac), the IOLAN serial device server, a vacuum subnet switch, and the Acromag chassis. Every valve/pump signal cable that formerly connected to the VME bus through terminal blocks has been refitted with a D-sub connector and screwed directly onto feedthroughs on the Acromag chassis.

The attached pdf contains the master list of assigned Acromag channels and their wiring.

  14384   Fri Jan 4 11:06:16 2019 JonOmnistructureUpgradeVac System Punchlist

The base Acromag vacuum system is running and performing nicely. Here is a list of remaining questions and to-do items we still need to address.

Safety Issues

  • Interlock for HV supplies. The vac system hosts a binary EPICS channel that is the interlock signal for the in-vacuum HV supplies. The channel value is OFF when the main volume pressure is in the arcing range, 3 mtorr - 500 torr, and ON otherwise. Is there something outside the vacuum system monitoring this channel and toggling the HV supplies?
  • Exposed 30-amp supply terminals. The 30-amp output terminals on the back of the Sorensen in the vac rack are exposed. We need a cover for those.
  • Interlock for AC power loss. The current vac system is protected only from transient power glitches, not an extended loss. The digital system should sense an outage and put the IFO into a safe state (pumps spun down and critical valves closed) before the UPS battery is fully drained. However, it presently has no way of sensing when power has been lost---the system just continues running normally on UPS power until the battery dies, at which point there is a sudden, uncontrolled shutdown. Is it possible for the digital system to communicate directly with the UPS to poll its activation state?

Infrastructure Improvements

  • Install the new N2 tank regulator and high-pressure transducers (we have the parts; on desk across from electronics bench). Run the transducer signal wires to the Acromag chassis in the vacuum rack.
  • Replace the kludged connectors to the Hornet and SuperBee serial outputs with permanent ones (we need to order the parts).
  • Wire the position indicator readback on the manual TP1 valve to the Acromag chassis.
  • Add cable tension relief to the back of the vac rack.
  • Add the TP1 analog readback signals (rotation speed and current) to the digital system.  Digital temperature, current, voltage, and rotation speed signals have already been added for TP2 and TP3.
  • Set up a local vacuum controls terminal on the desk by the vac rack.
  • Remove gauges from the EPICS database/MEDM screens that are no longer installed or functional. Potential candidates for removal: PAN, PTP1, IG1, CC2, CC3, CC4.
  • Although it appeared on the MEDM screen, the RGA was never interfaced to the old vac system. Should it be connected to c1vac now?
  14390   Tue Jan 8 19:13:39 2019 JonUpdateUpgradeReady for pumpdown tomorrow

Everything is set for a second pumpdown tomorrow. We'll plan to start pumping after the 1pm meeting. Since the main volume is already at 12 torr, the roughing phase won't take nearly as long this time.

I've added new channels for the TP1 analog readings (current and speed) and for the two N2 tank pressure readings. Chub finished installing the new regulator and has run the transducer signal cable to the vacuum rack. In the morning he will terminate the cable and make the final connection to the Acromag.

Gautam and I updated the framebuilder config file, adding the newly-added channels to the list of those to be logged. We also set up a git repo containing all of the Python interlock/interfacing code: https://git.ligo.org/40m/vacpython. The idea is to use the issue tracker to systematically document any changes to the interlock code.

  14493   Thu Mar 21 18:36:59 2019 JonOmnistructureUpgradeVacuum Controls Switchover Completed

Updated vac channel list is attached. There are several new ADC channels.

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Hardware & Channel Assignments

All of the new hardware is now permanently installed in the vacuum rack. This includes the SuperMicro rack server (c1vac), the IOLAN serial device server, a vacuum subnet switch, and the Acromag chassis. Every valve/pump signal cable that formerly connected to the VME bus through terminal blocks has been refitted with a D-sub connector and screwed directly onto feedthroughs on the Acromag chassis.

The attached pdf contains the master list of assigned Acromag channels and their wiring.

  14495   Mon Mar 25 10:21:05 2019 JonUpdateUpgradec1susaux upgrade plan

Now that the Acromag upgrade of c1vac is complete, the next system to be upgraded will be c1susaux. We chose c1susaux because it is one of the highest-priority systems awaiting upgrade, and because Johannes has already partially assembled its Acromag replacement (see photos below). I've assessed the partially-assembled Acromag chassis and the mostly-set-up host computer and propose we do the following to complete the system.

Documentation

As I go, I'm writing step-by-step documentation here so that others can follow this procedure for future systems. The goal is to create a standard procedure that can be followed for all the remaining upgrades.

Acromag Chassis Status

The bulk of the remaining work is the wiring and testing of the rackmount chassis housing the Acromag units. This system consists of 17 units: 10 ADCs, 4 DACs, and 3 digitial I/O modules. Johannes has already created a full list of channel wiring assignments. He has installed DB37-to-breakout board feedthroughs for all the signal cable connections. It looks like about 40% of the wiring from the breakout boards to Acromag terminals is already done.

The Acromag units have to be initially configured using the Windows laptop connected by USB. Last week I wasn't immediately able to check their configuration because I couldn't power on the units. Although the DC power wiring is complete, when I connected a 24V power supply to the chassis connector and flipped on the switch, the voltage dropped to ~10V irrespective of adjusting the current limit. The 24V indicator lights on the chassis front and back illuminated dimly, but the Acromag lights did not turn on. I suspect there is a short to ground somewhere, but I didn't have time to investigate further. I'll check again this week unless someone else looks at it first.

Host Computer Status

The host computer has already been mostly configured by Johannes. So far I've only set up IP forwarding rules between the martian-facing and Acromag-facing ethernet interfaces (the Acromags are on a subnet inaccessible from the outside). This is documented in the link above. I also plan to set up local installations of modbus and EPICS, as explained below. The new EPICS command file (launches the IOC) and database files (define the channels) have already been created by Johannes. I think all that remains is to set up the IOC as a persistent system service.

Host computer OS

Recommendation from Keith Thorne:

For CDS lab-wide, Jamie Rollins and Ryan Blair have been maintaining Debian 8 and 9 repos with some of these.  
They have somewhat older EPICS versions and may not include all the modules we have for SL7.
One worry is whether they will keep up Debian 9 maintained, as Debian 10 is already out.

I would likely choose Debian 9 instead of Ubuntu 18.04.02, as not sure of Ubuntu repos for EPICS libraries.

Based on this, I propose we use Debian 9 for our Acromag systems. I don't see a strong reason to switch to SL7, especially since c1vac and c1susaux are already set-up using Debian 8. Although Debian 8 is one version out of date, I think it's better to get a well-documented and tested procedure in place before we upgrade the working c1vac and c1susaux computers. When we start building the next system, let's install Debian 9 (or 10, if it's available), get it working with EPICS/modbus, then loop back to c1vac and c1susaux for the OS upgrade.

Local vs. central modbus/EPICS installation

The current convention is for all machines to share a common installation which is hosted on the /cvs/cds network drive. This seems appealing because only a single central EPICS distribution needs to be maintained. However, from experience attempting this on c1vac, I'm convinced this is a bad design for the new Acromag systems.

The problem is that any network outage, even routine maintenance or brief glitches, wreaks havoc on Acromags set up this way. When the network is interrupted, the modbus executable disappears mid-execution, crashing the process and hanging the OS (I think related to the deadlocked NFS mount), so that the only way to recover is to manually power-cycle. Still worse, this can happen silently (channel values freeze), meaning that, e.g., watchdog protections might fail.

To avoid this, I'm planning to install a local EPICS distribution from source on c1susaux, just as I did for c1vac. This only takes a few minutes to do, and I will include the steps in the documented procedure. Building from source also better protects against OS-dependent buginess.

Main TODO items

  • Debug issue with Acromag DC power wiring
  • Complete wiring from chassis feedthroughs to Acromag terminals, following this wiring diagram
  • Check/set the configuration of each Acromag unit using the software on the Windows laptop
  • Set the analog channel calibrations in the EPICS database file
  • Test each channel ex situ. Chub and I discussed an idea to use two DB-37F breakout boards, with the wiring between the board terminals manually set. One DAC channel would be calibrated and driven to test other ADC channels. A similar approach could be used for the digital input/output channels.
  14496   Tue Mar 26 04:25:13 2019 JohannesUpdateUpgradec1susaux upgrade plan
Quote:

Main TODO items

  • Debug issue with Acromag DC power wiring
  • Complete wiring from chassis feedthroughs to Acromag terminals, following this wiring diagram
  • Check/set the configuration of each Acromag unit using the software on the Windows laptop
  • Set the analog channel calibrations in the EPICS database file
  • Test each channel ex situ. Chub and I discussed an idea to use two DB-37F breakout boards, with the wiring between the board terminals manually set. One DAC channel would be calibrated and driven to test other ADC channels. A similar approach could be used for the digital input/output channels.

Just a few remarks, since I heard from Gautam that c1susaux is next in line for upgrade.

All units have already been configured with IP addresses and settings following the scheme explained on the slow controls wiki page. I did this while powering the units in the chassis, so I'm not sure where the short is coming from. Is the power supply maybe not sourcing enough current? Powering all units at the same time takes significant current, something like >1.5 Amps if I remember correctly. These are the IPs I assigned before I left:

Acromag Unit IP Address
C1SUSAUX_ADC00 192.168.115.20
C1SUSAUX_ADC01 192.168.115.21
C1SUSAUX_ADC02 192.168.115.22
C1SUSAUX_ADC03 192.168.115.23
C1SUSAUX_ADC04 192.168.115.24
C1SUSAUX_ADC05 192.168.115.25
C1SUSAUX_ADC06 192.168.115.26
C1SUSAUX_ADC07 192.168.115.27
C1SUSAUX_ADC08 192.168.115.28
C1SUSAUX_ADC09 192.168.115.29
C1SUSAUX_DAC00 192.168.115.40
C1SUSAUX_DAC01 192.168.115.41
C1SUSAUX_DAC02 192.168.115.42
C1SUSAUX_DAC03 192.168.115.43
C1SUSAUX_BIO00 192.168.115.60
C1SUSAUX_BIO01 192.168.115.61
C1SUSAUX_BIO02 192.168.115.62

I used black/white twisted-pair wires for A/D, red/white for D/A, and green/white for BIO channels. I found it easiest to remove the blue terminal blocks from the Acromag units for doing the majority of the wiring, but wasn't able to finish it. I had also done the analog channel calibrations using the windows untility using multimeters and one of the precision voltage sources I had brought over from the Bridge labs, but it's probably a good idea to check it and correct if necessary. I also recommend to check that the existing wiring particularly for MC1 and MC2 is correct, as I had swapped their order in the channel assignment in the past.

While looking through the database files I noticed two glaring mistakes which I fixed:

  1. The definition of C1SUSAUX_BIO2 was missing in /cvs/cds/caltech/target/c1susaux2/C1SUSAUX.cmd. I added it after the assignments for C1SUSAUX_BIO1
  2. Due to copy/paste the database files /cvs/cds/caltech/target/c1susaux2/C1_SUS-AUX_<OPTIC>.db files were still pointing to C1AUXEX. I overwrote all instances of this in all database files with C1SUSAUX.

 

  14497   Tue Mar 26 18:35:06 2019 JonUpdateUpgradeModbus IOC is running on c1susaux2

Thanks to new info from Johannes, I was able to finish setting up the modbus IOC on c1susaux2. It turns out the 17 Acromags draw ~1.9 A, which is way more than I had expected. Hence the reason I had suspected a short. Adding a second DC supply in parallel solves the problem. There is no issue with the wiring.

With the Acromags powered on, I carried out the following:

  • Confirmed c1susaux2 can communicate with each Acromag at its assigned IP address
  • Modified the EPICS .cmd file to point to the local modbus installation (not the remote executable on /cvs/cds)
  • Debugged several IOC initialization errors. All were caused by minor typos in the database files.
  • Scripted the modbus IOC to launch as a systemd service (will add implementation details to the documentation page)

The modbusIOC is now running as a peristent system service, which is automatically launched on boot and relaunched after a crash. I'm able to access a random selection of channels using caget.

What's left now is to finish the Acromag-to-feedthrough wiring, then test/calibrate each channel.

  14500   Fri Mar 29 11:43:15 2019 JonUpdateUpgradeFound c1susaux database bug

I found the current bias output channels, C1:SUS-<OPTIC>_<DOF>BiasAdj, were all pointed at C1:SUS-<OPTIC>_ULBiasSet for every degree of freedom. This same issue appeared in all eight database files (one per optic), so it looks like a copy-and-paste error. I fixed them to all reference the correct degree of freedom.

  14590   Thu May 2 15:35:54 2019 JonOmnistructureUpgradec1susaux upgrade documentation

For future reference:

  • The updated list of c1susaux channel wiring (includes the "coil enable" --> "coil test" digital outputs change)
  • Step-by-step instructions on how to set up an Acromag system from scratch
  16812   Mon Apr 25 18:00:03 2022 Ian MacMillanUpdateUpgradeCable supports update

I have designed new cable supports for the new ribbon cables running up the side of the tables in the vacuum chambers. 

The clamps that I have designed (shown in basic sketch attachment 1) will secure the cable at each of the currently used cable supports. 

The support consists of a backplate and a frontplate. The backplate is secured to the leg of the table using a threaded screw. The frontplate clamps the cable to the backplate using two screws: one on either side. Between two fascinating points, the cable should have some slack. This should keep the cable from being stiff and help reduce the transfer of seismic noise to the table. 

It is possible to stack multiple cables in one of these fasteners. Either you can put two cables together and clamp them down with one faceplate or you can stack multiple faceplates with one cable between each faceplate. in this case the stack would go backplate then cable then faceplate then cable then the second faceplate. this configuration would require longer screws.

The exact specifics about which size screws and which size plates to use still have not been measured by me. But it will happen

  16942   Thu Jun 23 15:05:01 2022 Water MonitorUpdateUpgradeWater Bottle Refill

22:05:02 UTC Jordan refilled his water bottle at the water dispenser in the control room.

  23   Mon Oct 29 09:16:31 2007 steveRoutineVACthe rga is back
We had no filament current since last power glitch of Oct. 8, 2007
First I thought that the filament was lost, but it was only bad contact.
The rga head pins were oxidized. Rga was turned back on last Friday.
It's temp is 55.3C normal
  24   Mon Oct 29 09:46:50 2007 steveRoutineVACvac & pem trend
Pumpdown 64 pumped by maglev for 125 days
pd64-m-d125

Rob, can you tell me, when did the fire start on this plot?
  38   Wed Oct 31 10:31:23 2007 Andrey RodionovRoutineVACVenting is in progress

We (Steve, David, Andrey) started venting the vacuum system at 9.50AM Wednesday morning.
  44   Thu Nov 1 09:17:27 2007 steveRoutineVACvent 64
Yesterday before vent I could not lock MC, therfore I could not measure the
transmitted power at MC2
The vent went well. We had lots of help.

We could not find the Nikon D40
PLEASE BORROW THINGS when taking them away
and bring them back promtly.

The laser was turned off for better visibility.

I see clean room frorks laying around here and there.
Please put them away so we do not carry excess particles into the chamber.
  64   Mon Nov 5 22:24:38 2007 Andrey, SteveOmnistructureVACPumping down goes smoothly

We (Steve and Andrey) started pumping down at 3.25PM today. At 9 PM we turned off the rotary pump, and turned on turbomolecular pumps.

By 10.10PM we reached the pressure 1 milliTorr, and the current status is "Vacuum Normal". We leave the turbopumps on for the night, and as it is pretty late for Steve, we are going home.

P.S. Steve was very displeased with the standard selection of "Type" of messages, he would like to extend that list.
  65   Tue Nov 6 09:14:37 2007 steveSummaryVACpump down 65
8 hr plot,
precondition: 5 days at atm,
vent objective: drag wiping mc1, mc2 & mc3 accomplished,
hardware changes: IOO access connector, mc2 chamber door south & west
were removed and reinstalled
pump down mode: slow to avoid steering up dust
One roughing pump was used with closed down valve position in the first 4 hrs

Andrey was very helpful
  76   Wed Nov 7 09:38:01 2007 steveUpdateVACrga scan
pd65-m-d2 at cc1 6e-6 torr
  129   Wed Nov 28 08:47:29 2007 steveOmnistructureVACrga is out of order
The rga is not working since Nov 10
The controller is broken.
pd65-m-d23
  139   Thu Nov 29 11:10:54 2007 robOmnistructureVACRGAlogger sleeping
Without the RGA controller responding, the RGAlogger script just hangs. Rather than fix it, I just put it to sleep by commenting out the line in op440m crontab file. Once we get it running again, we'll move the cronjob to op340m.
  310   Tue Feb 12 13:53:27 2008 robOmnistructureVACReturn of the RGA

The new RGA head was installed a few days ago. I just ran the RGAlogger script to see if it works, which it does. I also edited the crontab file on op340m to run the RGAlogger script every night at 1:25 AM. It should run tonight.
  322   Tue Feb 19 10:14:13 2008 steveUpdateVACrga logging needs help
The rga head and controller are running fine, but the data logging is not.
  344   Thu Feb 28 13:04:59 2008 robUpdateVACrga logging working again

Quote:
The rga head and controller are running fine, but the data logging is not.


It should run tonight at 1:25 AM. To get the cron job to work properly on op340m, I had to make wrapper sh script which defines the perl library before calling the actual RGAlogger script.
  351   Mon Mar 3 09:25:33 2008 steveUpdateVACrga scan logging is working now

Quote:

Quote:
The rga head and controller are running fine, but the data logging is not.


It should run tonight at 1:25 AM. To get the cron job to work properly on op340m, I had to make wrapper sh script which defines the perl library before calling the actual RGAlogger script.




Thanks to Rob, it is working !

The baked, calibrated rga head
model# M206M, s/n #c128035 was reinstalled at the 40m ifo on Feb. 8, 2008
Faraday mode dwell time was increased from 2 to 16 sec
Rga head temp at top silver gaskit 45.2 C
The noise floor is at 1E-12 Torr

There is more detail in logbook VMI-14 p 107

pd65-m-d119
  385   Thu Mar 20 15:28:20 2008 steveUpdateVACtp2 's drypump replaced
The fore pump of tp2 was replaced at fore line pressure 998m Torr
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