TECHNICAL SUPPORT

In the main building of the Department parts for experimental apparatus and prototypes are designed and accomplished in the fine mechanics workshop by three permanent staff members.

The machines and devices of the workshop are of high quality. Two Swiss Schaublin peak anchorage lathes have diverse extensions facilitating advanced workmanship necessary for preparation of difficult precision components. There is also a Schaublin milling machine and a recently purchased CNC (computerized numerical control) Maho milling machine which can be programmed with a Master Cam program package.

Not only metals such as aluminium, brass, stainless and acid resisting steel but also special plastics are used as materials.

The Accelerator Laboratory has a workshop with two experienced workers. The machinery includes for instance three lathes (one of which can work with exceptionally large objects), a milling machine and different types of welding apparatus. A lot of experience has been gained in producing vacuum equipment, mainly of stainless steel. Leak testing with a helium leak detector is a standard procedure.

The Electronics Research Laboratory can provide measurement services in fibre optics, ultrasonic and thermal non-destructive testing (NDT) and characterization. Parameters for materials such as thermal diffusivities or elastic parameters can be determined for various materials. NDT measurements can be performed with an infra-red line scanner and using ultrasonic testing equipment. For testing fibre optic cables and devices there is optical time-delay refractometer (OTDR) equipment.

The electronics workshop can manufacture small series of one- or two-sided printed circuit boards (pcb). The equipment is complete and a fast method is used for producing experimental or prototype pcb cards. In addition the Electronics Research laboratory has computer aided design (CAD) programs for mechanical and electronics designing and a computer aided engineering (CAE) system for direct pcb card manufacturing. Various lasers can be used for technical purposes.

The electronics workshop provides support for Macintosh networking and Ethernet connections and has the capability of repairing electronic equipment.