Tim de Bruin, HFML Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Tim de Bruin (Photo: Gideon Laureijs)

I am an industrial automation software engineer, which means that I have knowledge to work with the many different software components in the power converters, cooling installations and other apparatus that are needed to create and maintain magnetic fields. I design, develop and test the PLCs (programmable controllers) that are used to control the HFML equipment.

In a business environment, an 8 is considered a perfectly fine end result. As long as the product works and the costumer is happy, the company is happy as well. But I don’t like to work that way. I strive for perfection, so I want to polish-up even the smallest details. That is why the High Field Magnet Laboratory matches my personality. Here, I am given the space to aim for a 10 and I feel supported in my mentality of not being satisfied with an 8.

I am an industrial automation software engineer, which means that I have knowledge to work with the many different software components in the power converters, cooling installations and other apparatus that are needed to create and maintain magnetic fields. I design, develop and test the PLCs (programmable controllers) that are used to control the HFML equipment.

I started working at the HFML pretty recently, in August 2015. But I’ve already given a group of high school students a guided tour around the installation. It was great to see their faces when I told them that all the equipment in our building results in a high magnetic field of only a few square centimetres! I previously worked in various kinds of industrial automation. For example sea and inland shipping, the food industry and the yacht and aircraft industry.

You could say I am a science-minded guy: I have always had an above average interest in physics. That is why I am so excited to be working at the HFML. I will focus on the hybrid system that is currently being built. That will be an enormous job. For the moment I am busy establishing a library filled with different programming components that we can use for all the different systems in the HFML. That will make the difficult job of designing the hybrid software a bit easier to tackle. Ultimately, I want the 45 T software to be good, but also easy to use by both internal and external users.