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August 2017


FESEM online

August 25, 2017. The FESEM is online right now. After I repaired the vacuum problems I had trouble with the computer. I finally got it to boot and the SEM software working but it took many tries. Hitachi is sending us a replacement computer in case it fails again. In …


FESEM status

August 23, 2017. I replaced the vacuum pump yesterday and that fixed one problem. However, I found that the SEC vacuum gauge failed. That part will be here tomorrow and I’ll get it installed right away. Look for a status update tomorrow around noon.


FESEM is down

August 21, 2017. 1:14 pm. The likely problem is a bad vacuum pump. The company is going to try to get us one for delivery tomorrow. If the problem is the pump the repair will be quick. Stay tuned. 8:56 am. There is something wrong with the vacuum system. I’m …

Hitachi FB-2000A FIB

FIB online

August 10, 2017. he FIB is back online…. but you can’t turn off the FIB power else an air leak is produced. I put a note over the FIB power button to remind you. Also, there is a problem with the UPS backup power system and I have it in …


FESEM logbook

August 9, 2017. The FESEM logbook system isn’t working right now. IT is working on the problem. We are trying to make it a more reliable system, but we aren’t there yet. I’ll let you know when it’s back online.