Physical technology

Bake-out unit

The bake-out unit has been designed for a fully automated baking of vacuum recipients. It is divided into a controller and a power section, the latter consisting of one or more switch boxes to connect the heating elements.

The PC software with its graphical user interface allows for an intuitive and comfortable configuration of all necessary parameters, as well as the visiualization of current and previous heating cycles. The heating process itself executes independently of an external control software or PC.


UHV slit diaphragm

UHV slit diaphragms are available in sizes from CF40 upwards. The slit halves are mounted on slideways sealed by diaphragm bellows. Stepper motors position the slit halves independently, so position and width can be adjusted as required.

The control unit receives commands from a graphical user interface that enables a comfortable definition of position and width. LabVIEW VIs´, included as part of the delivery, ais integration in other programs.

Emittance measurement unit

A facility for measuring the emittance of ion beams has been developed in cooperation with Siemens Healthcare.

Measurement is based on the slit-grid principle, with two slits and two grids being moved independently. The sensitivity can be set from 1pA to 100uA per wire. In addition to displaying all relevant emittance parameters, stored data can be evaluated offline.

3D Helmholtz coil

The 3D Helmholtz coil allows magnetic fields to be generated in 3 directions (x,y,z). For example, when gauging magnetic sensors, these can be mounted on a holder which is then inserted into a cylindrical coil.

The cylindrical coil, located between two coils in Helmholtz configuration, is responsible for the magnetic field in z-direction. The Helmholtz coil is rotatable and thus provides the x-y component of the field.

A stepper motor is used to rotate the Helmholtz coil. The power supplies for the coils can be controlled via a digital interface thus allowing for predefined measurement profiles.

Magnetic field strength ca. 30 kA/m
max. angle of rotation: ca. 340°



Hyperpolarized helium is opening up new avenues of research in both experimental nuclear physics and diagnostics of the lungs.

ic-automation has developed Helios in collaboration with physicists at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. Together with the Institute of Physics, in 2005 it won an award for innovation in medical technology from the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) for its proposed 3He applicator for lung diagnostics.


Compressor for highly pure gases

The piston compressor originally developed for Helios prevents contamination of the gas with ambient air by the patented 1- or 2-stage interim pump. Operating on the universal principle of a piston compressor, the compressor can also be scaled for other gas throughputs and pressures.