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UK SBS Compact Accelerator Control System Reference Design

UK Shared Business Services Ltd. | Published November 14, 2014  -  Deadline November 28, 2014
48151000, 73220000, 72220000, 31643000, 44316400, 48000000, 72000000

1. SCOPE This specification covers the supply of a reference design for a generic compact accelerator control system. 2. BACKGROUND The Science and Technology Facility Council (STFC) at Daresbury Laboratory are currently developing a compact 1-3 MeV electron linear accelerator for use in a variety of industrial and research applications. One of the key requirements of this accelerator is for a versatile control system to enable the remote operation, monitoring and optimisation of the facility. In recognition of the fact that a control system of this type will have potential application to other similar compact accelerator projects it has been decided to commission a reference design that can be easily adapted to current and future needs. It is expected that the reference design will be developed in close cooperation with the Control Systems Group at STFC Daresbury Laboratory. Although all potential solutions will be considered strong preference will be given to designs based on the EPICS software toolkit and PC hardware platform. 3. DELIVERABLES The supplied reference design will consist of the following key deliverables: 3.1 Hardware design document – details the architecture of the proposed design including: 3.1.1 Control computer(s) specification 3.1.2 Baseline Input/Output specification 3.1.3 Interlock subsystem 3.1.4 Ancillary equipment 3.2 Software design document – details the software architecture of the proposed design including: 3.2.1 Baseline operating system 3.2.2 Additional operating system packages 3.2.3 Operating system configuration details 3.2.4 Control software baseline 3.2.5 Baseline for Input /Output system software 3.2.6 Baseline software configuration 3.2.7 Build Process definition 3.3 Test plan document – details of how an implementation of the reference design should be tested 3.4 Configuration management document 3.5 System maintenance document 3.6 Installation of appropriate source and configuration control systems at STFC Daresbury Laboratory (STFC will provide necessary server hardware and software). 4. REQUIREMENTS 4.1 ESSENTIAL The offered hardware design MUST : 4.1.1 Have the ability to Interface to a broad range of sub-systems and devices including (but not limited to): • Vacuum pump and gauge controllers • Programmable power supplies • Diagnostic devices (cameras, beam position monitors, x-ray detectors, etc.) • RF power generation equipment (magnetrons) • Industrial PLC systems (standard and safety) 4.1.2 Be able to support, as a minimum, the following interface standards: • RS232/RS485 • Ethernet (TCP/UDP/IP) • Analogue Input/Output (+/- 10V) • Digital Input/Output (24V) 4.1.3 Be able to geographically separate the I/O from the control system server(s) and console(s) 4.1.4 Make effective use of Commercial off the Shelf (COTS) systems and components 4.1.5 Be easily expandable The offered software design MUST: 4.1.6 Be easily scalable over the range of 10 – 100 devices. 4.1.7 Be capable of monitoring any given I/O point at up to 10Hz 4.1.8 Support the design and use of easily modifiable Graphical User Interfaces 4.1.9 Support the implementation of user-defined scripts for accelerator automation/optimisation. 4.1.10 Provide software tools to support data archiving/retrieval, alarm display and management and real-time trend plotting. 4.2 DESIRABLE Although not essential, the following requirements are considered to be desirable: 4.2.1 Software design based on EPICS toolkit [1]. 4.2.2 Hardware platform based on PC x86 architecture. 4.2.3 Design expandable to provide HTTP access to the control system 4.2.4 Design expandable to support process control interfaces (e.g. OPC etc.) 5. CONTRACT DURATION It is anticipated that the duration of the contract will be approximately 2 months. About UK Shared Business Services Putting the business into shared services UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS) brings a commercial attitude to the public sector; helping our customers improve efficiency, generate savings and modernise. It is our vision to become the leading provider for our customers of shared business services in the UK public sector, continuously reducing cost and improving quality of business services for Government and the public sector. Our broad range of expert services is shared by our customers. This allows our customers the freedom to focus resources on core activities; innovating and transforming their own organisations. Core services include Procurement, Finance, Grants Admissions, Human Resources, Payroll, ISS, and Property Asset Management all underpinned by our Service Delivery and Contact Centre teams. UK SBS is a people rather than task focused business. It’s what makes us different to the traditional transactional shared services centre. What is more, being a not-for-profit organisation owned by its customers, UK SBS’ goals are aligned with the public sector and delivering best value for the UK taxpayer. UK Shared Business Services Ltd changed its name from RCUK Shared Services Centre Ltd in March 2013. Our Customers Growing from a foundation of supporting the Research Councils, 2012/13 saw Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) transition their procurement to UK SBS and Crown Commercial Service (CSS - previously Government Procurement Service) agree a Memorandum of Understanding with UK SBS to deliver two major procurement categories (construction and research) across Government. UK SBS currently manages £700m expenditure for its Customers, our growth projections anticipate this will rise to £1bn in 2013/14. Important information From the 2nd April 2014 the Government is introducing its new Government Security Classifications (GSC) classification scheme to replace the current Government Protective Marking Scheme (GPMS). A key aspect of this is the reduction in the number of security classifications used. All potential suppliers should make themselves aware of the changes as it may impact on this Requirement. The link below to the website provides information on the new GSC:
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