September 30, 2018 to October 5, 2018
Charles B. Wang Center
US/Eastern timezone

ALBA Operators outside Operations

Oct 4, 2018, 3:30 PM
Theater (Charles B. Wang Center)


Charles B. Wang Center

Stony Brook University 100 Nicolls Rd, Stony Brook, NY 11794
Oral Operator roles outside of Operations Operator roles outside Operations


Montse Pont (ALBA Synchrotron)


ALBA is a 3 GeV storage ring running 6000 h per year. While in operation the control room is manned 24/7, while in shut downs only the morning shift is covered. The operators ensure efficient operation of the machine and provide support for the coordination of the tasks during the shut-down by working between 50 and 60% of their time in shift. The other 40 to 50% is dedicated to work in areas other than operation or to improve operation.
According to their background and preferences, the operators have the opportunity to contribute to other sub-systems under the leadership of the accelerator division (e.g. RF group, pulsed elements, linac group...). Each operator is assigned a specific sub-system. In addition contributions related to their job in the control room are encouraged, mostly taking place in the form of programming or improving diagnostics.
This scheme has resulted in having a crew of operators, with very specific and detailed knowledge on different sub-systems areas as well as very knowledgeable with Python and the TANGO control system. The additional work helps to keep operators motivated and provides room for further formation and training.

Primary author

Montse Pont (ALBA Synchrotron)

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