National R&D Laboratory Data Acquisition Application Case Study

National Research & Development Laboratory Data Acquisition Applications

PXI DAQ System for Control Monitoring of Klystrons & Linacs

Customer Case

Argonne National Laboratory is one of the U.S. Department of Energy's oldest and largest national laboratories for science and engineering research. As an existing CAMAC customer of KineticSystems, Argonne was seeking a solution to migrate to a PXI-based data acquisition system for adding/updating instrumentation to control/monitor klystrons and linacs.

A majority of the channels are used to control and monitor the magnets for the linac and other channels for controlling the klystrons. They wanted to move to PXI to achieve the following:

  • Lower price
  • Faster throughput
  • Flexibility
  • Better compatibility with modern PCI-based systems
  • Easier for future channel count expansion

Beyond the basic DAQ requirements, such as channel count, channel type, sampling rate, etc., this project faced many other challenging issues related to instrument location, budgetary constraints and cabling requirements. The customer had provided data of their envisioned equipment at the beginning to KineticSystems based on other competitors' technical specifications.

KineticSystems objective was to meet and surpass all the requirements within the prescribed budget.

KineticSystems Case Solution

KineticSystems technical and sales team set up several meetings to discuss in detail Argonne's system requirements. One of the beneficial discussions was on their current implementation. By understanding how their current system work, KineticSystems was able to suggest a migration path from the installed equipment to the replacement instruments.

KineticSystems was also able to make numerous system configuration suggestions in order to satisfy Argonne's requirement, including several GaGe digitizers for a portion of the system (GaGe is another brand of DynamicSignals LLC), and the DS207/8 1U solution, 3U configuration and 3U/6U configuration. By proposing various system configuration solutions to the customer, KineticSystems demonstrated its flexibility and breadth of solving system integration issues, which in term earned us the contract for the project.

KineticSystems and Argonne finally agreed upon a hybrid system in which Argonne would use a portion of their existing CAMAC system in conjunction with the new PXI equipment. The total cost of the system was now in-line with their budget constraints.

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