June 2, 2014. There was a report of unusual imaging results and maybe a hardware problem, too. I will check it out tomorrow morning but do not use it in the meantime.
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February 20, 2013. The EDS hardware card came back from the repair shop – I installed and calibrated it this afternoon. I tested it for 2 hours – EDS Spectra, SEM Imaging and X-ray Mapping. Everything seems to be working properly. Some of you have been trained to use the …
February 14, 2013. The FE-SEM is back online and we have greater confidence that the image problem is successfully repaired. For those of you who are interested, a transistor that was inadequately connected to the circuit board. The EDS is not operational yet.
February 6, 2013. The Hitachi engineers will be here Monday afternoon through Friday morning to check out the strange, intermittent image problem we’ve had. Please plan your work accordingly. Tomorrow afternoon, all day Friday and Monday morning time slots are available.
February 4, 2013. The FESEM is still not working properly. We have to limp by until next week when Hitachi is sending 2 engineers to make the repair. The scope can be used but may give problems. If you see a black screen or a distorted screen try to go to …
January 31, 2013. I’m sorry to say the the image problem resurfaced this morning. The Hitachi engineer is still in town and will begin looking for the source. I’m canceling today’s appointments.
January 30, 2013. The Hitachi engineer replaced all the relays associated with imaging. I tried for 30 minutes to make the problem return without success. I’m opening the calendar for use. Note that I have restored the appointments for those who signed up earlier.
January 29, 2013. The imaging problem is back. The problem shows up in fast scan rates. I was able to get some decent images using the fastest of the slow scans for focusing and adjusting the stigmatism. The Hitachi engineer could come tomorrow so I’ll cancel any appointments while he …
January 4, 2013. First, Happy New Year to all! After a week of FESEM use the imaging problem has not reappeared, so I’m postponing the service call. I will free up time on the FESEM next week.
December 18, 2012. The imaging problem is back this morning. I have put in a call to Hitachi for a service visit. It may be that the SEM can be used in the meantime but you may experience a problem. I am available to assist.