University of Auckland to Host 2020 NIBS conference
At the 2018 International Symposium on Negative Ions, Beams and Sources (NIBS) conference held in Novosibirsk, Russia, the University of Auckland won the hosting rights for the 7th NIBS conference to be held in New Zealand in September 2020. This will be the first time a major accelerator physics conference has been held in New Zealand and reflects the historical ground-breaking work done through the University’s collaboration with the Ion Source Test Facility (ISTF) research group at Buckley Systems’ manufacturing headquarters.
Buckley Systems CSIO, Dr Morgan Dehnel, was one of the main drivers behind the bid and is very excited about the event. “Hosting NIBS’20 brings the world experts in negative ion beams to New Zealand, which facilitates exposure to this field for professors and students in the Australasia region and provides a huge boost to our own negative ion beam collaboration with the University of Auckland, University of British Columbia, Buckley Systems Ltd and D-Pace Inc.”
A key highlight of the conference will be a tour of Buckley Systems’ impressive manufacturing facility with a chance to meet with the physics, design and operations teams, see the ISTF in action and talk to the researchers working on it. Buckley Systems’ founder Bill Buckley has been involved in manufacturing particle physics equipment since 1968 and built his business on manufacturing specialist, high precision electromagnets, vacuum chambers and support equipment for research institutes and industry. Realising that if you are the very best in your field, people will seek you out no matter where in the world you are. Bill takes a hands-on role in his business, continually developing custom-made machinery and manufacturing techniques in addition to increasing plant capacity in innovative ways, ably supported by a highly experienced team of specialists.
Bill comments, “Many people don’t realise how big Buckley Systems is in terms of manufacturing capability until they see it for themselves. The volume of steel, aluminium and copper that is processed every month is enormous. We even have a regional steel mill make our own, ‘Buckley’s Recipe’ low-carbon, low coercivity, steel. To maintain the accuracy and quality demanded by our clients, we have made a conscious decision to be able to manufacture all our key components in-house. This allows us to take on multiple large projects knowing we won’t be let down on supply or quality.” Buckley Systems is proud to be associated with the NIBS’20 conference and we look forward to opening our doors to the visiting delegates.
This piece was reprinted by D-Pace, Inc. from the Buckley Systems Spring 2019 technical bulletin with permission from Buckley Systems Ltd. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source.