First Assembly of MuLan at UIUC, 9/03

The steel support structure, hex and pent cans were all pre-assembled at the NPL barn at UIUC in September to make sure everything fit together before being disassembled and shipped to PSI in Switzerland. I wasn't able to be there during the assembly, but it was very gratifying to see photos of the whole thing together. Congratulations to you all and my warmest wishes for a productive run at PSI!

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The components of MuLan

The photo on the left shows a collection of hex and pent cans ready to be mounted on the support structure. The photo on the right shows the steel support structure that cradles the cans. Automation International in Danville, IL did a great job fabricating this structure.

Photos of the initial assembly

Better to find out at UIUC whether or not the cans all fit together, than to find out at PSI in Switzerland. I know I breathed easier when I found out the last can on top went in. Tolerances can be a bear in many-part structures like this one. My congratulations to Eric Thorsland for a fantastic job of welding the cans so that the can shape tolerances did not bite us.

You can clearly see the two pent-shaped spaces in the structure that allow the beam to enter and exit.


Congratulations to all of the MuLan team on a first step well taken! Shortly after this photo was taken, all of the pieces were disassembled and packed for shipping to Switzerland.

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