Author: McAuley, K.E.
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THPHA200 BART: Development of a Sample Exchange System for MX Beamlines 1919
  • J.D. O'Hea, M.H. Burt, S. Fisher, K.M.J. Jones, K.E. McAuley, G. Preece, M.A. Williams
    DLS, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
  Automation plays a key role in the macromolecular crystallography (MX) beamlines at Diamond Light Source (DLS). This is particularly evident with sample exchange; where fast, reliable, and accurate handling is required to ensure high quality and high throughput data collection. This paper looks at the design, build, and integration of an in-house robot control system. The system was designed to improve reliability and exchange times, provide high sample storage capacity, and accommodate easy upgrade paths, whilst gaining and maintaining in-house robotics knowledge. The paper also highlights how peripheral components were brought under the control of a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) based integration unit, including a vision system.  
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