September 6, 2017. The FESEM and FIB are both online and ready for use.
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Hitachi S-4700 FE-SEM
August 31, 2017. Hitachi will come next week to service the FIB and FESEM. I’ve blocked out time in the reservation calendar for that work. He will start on the FIB and most likely finish it Wed night. Then he will start on the FESEM and likely finish it Friday …
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 …
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.
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 …
August 9, 2017. The FESEM is ready to be used. We made a few hardware changes to isolate the problem. This is a test – we may still have trouble, but what we just finished should help us finally identify the problem.
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.
August 8, 2017. The FESEM and its logbook is working. The FIB shutdown sometime in the last few days, so I’m restarting now. Not sure why it shut off. I’ll let you know when it is back online.
August 7, 2017. Logbook system is on the fritz and the imaging system on the scope isn’t connecting. I’ll get it all straight tomorrow
August 5, 2017. Joe got the logbook system working last night. Let me know if you have any more trouble.