Winter Internship 2018

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31 May 2018
The MSE Department of the Paranal Observatory provides technical support to the four VLT 8-m telescopes, to the VLT Interferometer with its auxiliary telescopes and to all instruments available for scientific observations. The telescopes and instruments are complex systems that involve many advanced technologies and require a high level of engineering support. The MSE Department of Paranal has a total workforce of 67 engineers and technicians distributed in 5 engineering groups.
The three projects for the period 2018 are: 
I. Study the Increase of the VLTI Delay Line Stroke to Improve Sky Coverage
Summary of the Project: The limited stroke of the delay lines (DL) severely restricts the sky coverage in some cases, for example, when
the baseline is large, and when the stations are not located symmetrically around the laboratory. One can think of several solutions to overcome those limitations.    
II. Predictive Maintenance Routine Based on Tools: Vibrations and Ultrasound. 
Summary of the Project: The Mechanics Group acquired two measuring and monitoring tools, which require a learning process and the re-definition of the actual Predictive Maintenance Plan. The two-measurement equipment are:
  • Vibrations Instrument: Adash VA4Pro.
  • Ultrasound Instrument: UE Ultraprobe 9000.
III. Industrial Computer Monitoring 
Summary of the ProjectWe lack monitoring points for the computers installed in the UT enclosures. We are now installing Wi-Fi in order to read data from new devices in the field. We expect to improve our capability of predictive and on-condition maintenance and save some money on spares, as well as prevent unexpected failures in electronics racks.

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