December 7, 2011 Late last week we migrated the computer logbook system to a client-server network environment. Since then, we have found that it is not possible to add new account indexes. Everything else works fine. We are working on it, but you may be delayed it you need a new number added.
September 13, 2011 The online reservation calendars are working again.
September 12, 2011 You cannot make reservations now – the website is down.
July 11, 2011 We are transitioning over to a server-based logbook system. The Apple computers are being replaced with a very simple client box, however the USER INTERFACE IS UNCHANGED. The FIB system is first to be replaced.
Let me know right away if you observe an error of some sort or become confused.
January 5, 2011 EDS systems are working. Sorry for the delay.
December 21, 2010 The EDS system on FESEM, 6400 SEM and TEM will now offline and cannot be used.
I will bring them back online Monday, Jan 3rd..
October 7, 2010 Students often take the SEM course(s) and first use the scope months to years later. You can work independently after we insure that you remember how to use the scope. If this is your situation, please make an appointment. You can’t show up and expect that we can drop what we are doing. Also, bring your MTU ID and the account number you’ll be charing for the work.
August 24, 2010 FYI. This may affect high resolution work. If so, high res work may have to be done in the evenings.
Construction of the Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) will involve driving approximately 400 pilings into the ground. Below you will find information from Facilities Management about the process. Note that plans call for careful monitoring of the installation. If you have concerns or experience problems due to the installation of the pilings, please contact me or Gregg Richards, the Facilities Engineer on the GLRC job.
Michael Abbott Director Great Lakes Research Center Operations Michigan Tech 906/487-3165 http://greatlakes.mtu.edu/
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From: “Gregg Richards” <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: “Michael Abbott” <email@example.com> Sent: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 7:45:59 AM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern Subject: Re: GRLC Pilings
The piling contractor will be on site next week setting up, the plan is to install the test piling the week of Sept 6th and run the tests. The week of September 13th, the remaining pilings (400+/-) will start and it is planned to be complete by the beginning of November. Once the test pile is completed and tested and the job progresses we should have an idea if the schedule will change.
We are setting up settling and crack monitors on the Dow building during the pile driving and they will be checked every hour to determine if we have any issues.
March 29, 2010 There is a input box in the electron microscope and x-ray equipment online calendars for your name titled, “Enter text for a new event:” Please enter your full name, first and last, in this box. Not your initials, nor first name, nor senior design group name.
March 19, 2010 I’m writing to remind you that we will offer a graduate-level SEM course this summer -MY5200. We do permit undergraduate registration with instructor permission. Please remember that successful completion of the course and practical exam are pre-requisites to independent use of the SEM’s. Pass this on to anyone in your research groups who may be interested. Contact me or Dr. Drelich (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
March 4, 2010 Calendars are back online.
March 4, 2010 The calendar server is down. I’ll get more info and get back to you. In the meantime it has to be 1st come 1st serve
March 1, 2010 Dr. Levy has located a wire saw in the sample prep lab for his group. It is not a multi-user tool, i.e, you need his permission to use the saw. His student found that the wire was broken yesterday and I have not received any notification that it was broken. The saw has been repaired, although wire blades are expensive. It is our policy that I receive notice of equipment that is damaged during use. Unintentional damage to this kind of equipment can occur and there is no penalty for unintentional damage if notice is given. BUT, failing to notify me of damage can lead to expulsion from the labs.
January 20, 2010 I’ve lifted the USB drive restrictions provided that you following this procedure. This is important – if you contaminate the microscope PC’s the microscopes may be unavailable for you and others to use.
January 18, 2010 Occasionally, users fail to swipe their ID after using the microscopes. In that event, the clock runs until the next users swipes into the system. This can result in a very large monthly charge. My system creates the MTU invoices automatically and I have no way of knowing whether the charges are the result of this problem. There is no effective way to program the logbook system to automatically end a session. All users are instructed to use the system properly. At that time I specifically ask that you place your ID card near the sample exchange area of the scope to make sure you don’t forget to swipe out. I’m instituting a new policy to discourage the practice, The first time a user fails to swipe out of the system I will charge you for the time you reserved in the online calendar. After that, you will be charged 2X the calendar time.
January 11, 2010 Do not use USB thumb drives in the ACMAL labs. I have put tape over the USB ports to remind you. In meantime, you can move your images with Zimbra. I’ll let you know when we get this worked out.
January 9, 2010 Be warned that the microscope computers are infected. We are working to get them clean and I’ll let you know which ones are ready.
January 6, 2010 Most of the PC’s in the electron optics labs are infected and most viruses are spread on USB or Jump drives. Here are links to 2 free programs to clean your drives. Note that McAfee is not catching these viruses. http://www.malwarebytes.org/ http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/ Please clean your drives!! Remember, I do not backup your data!.
December 14, 2009 Most of you know this. All experimental data is stored locally on the PC, not the network. It is not backed up. Take all experimental data you collect in the electron microscopy with you after each session. That includes images, and all x-ray data. I do not take responsibility for your data.
December 9, 2009 We will not retroactively increase use charges. Only in circumstances where a rate drops, the FIB in this case, would this happen.
December 8, 2009 The electron microscope use charges have changed effective Dec 1. The new rates are: Hitachi S-4700 FESEM is now $39/hr for internal use and $130/hr for external use. JEOL JSM-6400 SEM is now $33.50/hr internal and $100 external. The Hitachi FB200A FIB rate has dropped to $22/hr internal. External FIB use will still be charged at $130/hr. That change will be effective retroactively to October 1. These rate increases only offset the actual expenses of operating the microscopes. Rates are reviewed annually. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments
November 6, 2009 please remember to use 24 HR clock time when you signup on the web calendars.
October 27, 2009 Everyone will need to cancel appointments. The trick is to give adequate notice so someone else may take that time slot. I want no less than 4 hours notice if you need to cancel an appointment. One excuse for late cancellations that I regularly hear is “my samples weren’t ready”. This is easy enough to solve – don’t sign for scope time UNTIL your samples are ready! It can difficult to predict how much time will be required to image your samples until you have gained some experience. Even so, it is not okay to sign up for a 4 hours session and only use 1 or 2 hours of that time. If this is happening you need to schedule 2 shorter sessions on consecutive days. These are important issues for several reasons. First, a few of the scopes are used most of each day and wasting time slows everyone down. Next, the hourly cost to use the microscopes is based on the total number of hours the instrument is used each year. The more the scope is used the lower the hourly cost. I suspect this is important to your advisors.
August 27, 2009 This may be useful to some of you. http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/332/332336.html
August 12, 2009 I’m frequently asked about image analysis software. We exclusively use NIH Image or now ImageJ. NIH Image is written for Macs. A PC version, Scion Image is available that runs on PC’s. ImageJ can be run on any operating system platform. This software package is a) used by many scientists, b)well documented and c) free. Actually, its not free, we pay for it through taxes 😀 Here are some links to tutorials and FAQ’s about using the software. Note that there are many plug-ins available that perform sophisticated tasks.
NIH Image and ImageJ website. http://rsb.info.nih.gov/nih-image/
ImageJ wiki. http://imagejdocu.tudor.lu/doku.php
Image and ImageJ manuals. http://depts.washington.edu/if/use_ij.shtml digital.bsd.uchicago.edu/pdfs/ImageJ%20basics%20tutorial.pdf Others are available – use ImageJ tutorials in a Google search.
We’ll add this to the ACMAL webpages.
March 19, 2009 Calendar is back online.
March 19, 2009 The ACMAL policy for equipment damage reads, << There is no penalty for reporting accidental damage to equipment. Deliberate misuse of equipment will not be tolerated. Deliberate or negligent misuse of the equipment may result in the assessment of repair charges to faculty. Unauthorized use of the equipment or failure to correctly use the logbook will result in disciplinary action.>>. The EOF policy page can he found here http://mcff.mtu.edu/acmal/eofpolicy.htm Regarding damage caused by new users. We make every effort to adequately prepare and train students to safely use the equipment but ignorance of proper procedure is not an excuse because I am available to answer questions.
Regarding supplies. We provide common consumables, supplies and parts like SEM mounts, adhesives, gloves, solvents, air dusters and common TEM grids. We currently provide AFM cantilevers, but that may change. The expense for these items is built into the use fee. We do not supply unusual or special supplies and parts.
This policy includes supplies and parts for attachments that belong to individual faculty. This issue is of particular relevance as we put a few very special TEM sample holders into service. These holders belong to Dr. Yasser (ME.EM) and are critical to his research efforts. They are complicated to use and supplies/parts are very expensive. Those who wish to use these items must first be qualified to use the TEM, must obtain his permission, will be trained to use them and will assume responsibility for all parts/supplies and any damage that might occur.
Please let know if you have any questions or comments about this policy.
March 19, 2009 As of 3 PM today the calendar system is not loading. I expect it to be back online soon. Thanks for your patience.
March 18, 2009 Pre-registration is open for MY5200, Advanced Scanning Electron Microscopy. The description follows.
Basic design and operating principles of scanning electron microscope (SEM) with discussions on interactions of electrons with solids and resulting signal production, for analysis of heterogeneous materials using X-ray microanalysis, and applications to surface science. Includes practical training on advanced operation of SEM instrument with an emphasis on the production of high resolution images and quantitative X-ray analysis of specimen composition based on real and virtual standards.
Successful completion of the course will qualify you to use the JEOL 6400 SEM. Seminar-style training for use of the Hitachi S-4700 FESEM and FB-2000A FIB will follow for interested course graduates. Please be aware that only trained users are permitted to operate the equipment. Certification is achieved through successful completion of the electron microscopy courses.
Please contact me with any questions.
March 17, 2009 Message from Andy Niemi about Summer 2009 Cliff Drive Traffic:
There will be a road reconstruction project on US-41 through the campus starting May 4, 2009. With this reconstruction project, MDOT has set up Cliff Drive as a detour route. All north bound US-41 traffic will be detoured onto Cliff Drive for the duration of the project. Cliff Drive will remain as a two way street for the project but will see a large increase in north bound traffic, this is from east to west on Cliff Drive.
Why am I telling you this? With the increase in traffic, there will be an increase in traffic noise and an increase in vibrations felt in the buildings. For those of you that deal with the lasers, electron microscopes and any other vibration sensitive equipment used in some of the labs this may present some problems. The detour route is not up for debate, it has been set up and will be used. The speed limit will remain at 25 mph. I am going to set up some traffic control devices to keep the speeds down around the cross walk areas, these will not be speed bumps.
Start date for detour: May 4, 2009. End date for detour: August 21, 2009.
March 3, 2009 This is a reminder you that if you do not swipe out of the logbook system at the end of your session, the clock keeps running and you (your advisor) accrue charges for that time.
March 2, 2009 The new use fees are approved and we’ll begin charging them March 1st. The only changes are for the TEM, AFM & XRD. New TEM rate is $30/hr (down from $75/hr), AFM is now $12/hr (up from $7.50) and XRD is now $5.25/hr (up from $5/hr).