TANGO Controls is an open-source community collaborating on the development of the TANGO control system framework eco-system.
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TANGO is an Open Source solution for SCADA and DCS. Open Source means you get all the source code under an Open Source free licence (LGPL and GPL). Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems are typically industrial type systems using standard hardware. Distributed Control Systems (DCS) are more flexible control systems used in more complex environments. Sardana is a good example of a TANGO based Beamline SCADA.
The TANGO community meetings take place each year alternately in one of the 15 institutes members of the TANGO consortium.
They group together all the members of the community with the developers. They present the last technical progress and agree on the development strategy and roadmap
A new era has about to start in the Tango Controls community with the Tango Controls Collaboration Contract! Four institutes, Elettra + Solaris + MAX IV + ESRF, have signed the Collaboration Contract. They will soon be joined by four other institutes. The Collaboration Contract will allow the Tango Controls community to have funds to maintain the common core of Tango. The signatories of the Collaboration Contract will together form the Executive Board which will be in charge of deciding what the finances should be spent on. The budget will help ensure the sustainability of Tango. Tasks which are lacking resources today can now be addressed in the interests of the whole community. The new contract is another step of Tango Controls in the direction of a long life with continuous improvements!
I'm happy to announce that the Solaris finished the first stage of the commissioning. We have injected 200mA into the storage ring as well as ramped the beam to full 1.5GeV energy at more than 100mA. So, the Solaris future shines brightly :).
Thank you All !!!
Coming two months we have upgrade shutdown. We will install some additional RF cavities (so called Landau) into the storage ring, finish construction of the PEEM beamline and upgrade the control system to Tango 9. Next year we will proceed with commissioning of beamlines .
A TANGO workshop was held at the ICALEPCS 2015 conference on Sunday 18 October. Approximately 40 people attended. The workshop introduced new users to the concepts of TANGO and then went on to describing the new features in TANGO 9. All demos were done using the TANGO Virtual machine. There were many questions and discussions were lively. We thank the participants for their contribution. The format of the workshop proved to be well adapted to the audience.Most people found it useful to attend and learned a lot (even the old hands).