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Synchrotron radiation: The "success story" continues!

What do measurements on Mars have to do with the German capital? How can an action in Berlin influence processes on the red planet – hundreds of millions of kilometers away? The answer is found at the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt Berlin (PTB). The synchrotron storage ring Metrology Light Source (MLS) is used, for example, to calibrate sensors of the famous remote-controlled Mars rovers. The necessary technical equipment to monitor and control these high-precision applications was supplied by JST – Jungmann Systemtechnik®. A new control room offers the scientific staff not only ergonomically best conditions for the extensive tasks, but also an innovative control system.

The resonant name “BESSY II” has gained worldwide recognition over the past decade. Researchers from Germany and abroad, the Who’s Who from business and politics, even the former chancellor – they have all been able to convince themselves of the potential applications of the electron storage ring in the JST control room at the Berlin Helmholtz Center. The MLS system of the neighboring Federal Institute is also controlled from the BESSY control center. A supplementary control station on the PTB site is used additionally, in the case of lengthy series of experiments, for example. Researchers and specialist groups benefit from the synergy effects of both facilities.

“It was simply a matter of tidying things up”

As Operations Manager responsible for control center management, Ingo Müller is well aware of the background: “The PTB is a close cooperation partner that enjoys a high status in our institution.” However, since the so-called MLS control station had more of a laboratory character, had grown historically and was correspondingly confusing, the desire for an upgrade arose. “It was simply a matter of tidying things up”, says Ingo Müller, who had already implemented the “BESSY control room” project together with Jungmann Systemtechnik. His summary: “That not only went well, it’s a huge success story – to this day!”

JST Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin PTB Leitwarte vor dem Umbau JST Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin PTB Leitwarte nach dem Umbau

PTB control room before and after renovation

Two control center are connected with each other

Against this background, the renewed cooperation with JST was obvious. “We didn’t want to establish a second system. The existing system had to be expanded, so to speak. The two control rooms should be able to communicate with each other; after all, they are connected. In addition, it was important to me to work with JST again because of the good experience,” explains Ingo Müller.

Geo redundancy and a "little spatial miracle"

Whether space probes, detectors for industrial customers or metrological research – with the new monitoring center for the MLS facility, a separate, high-quality installation with geo-redundancy was created for the scientists of the Berlin institute. At the same time, “a little spatial miracle” could be realized here: Physicists monitor many thousands of parameters of the storage ring in just 18 square meters.

A whole control room world on 18 square meters

In addition to the flexible KVM technology MultiConsoling® and intuitive operation via the myGUI® interface, the scientists also have a modern video wall and ergonomic control station consoles at their disposal. The innovative OPAL X11® acoustic ceiling sail is also part of the new equipment, as are integrated QI charging zones in the console surfaces and an AI-supported air sensor that issues a warning message directly via the user interface if limit values are exceeded.

"With combined forces and know-how made possible"

For Ingo Müller, one thing is certain: “The installation is a complete success and has been very well received. Everything is easy to operate, the ergonomics are right and the room has a good atmosphere.” Looking back, he assesses the individual development phases of the MLS installation: “The special achievement was essentially the preparation and planning to use a difficult room efficiently and optimally. In joint appointments on site, we made the whole thing possible with combined forces and know-how.”

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