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FESEM data bar on images

June 15, 2017. After 2 hours on the phone, the Hitachi engineer and I found out why the data bar was positioned so far into the images. Someone had changed a software setting – a box was checked that shouldn’t have been. Needless to say, he and I had other …


FESEM operational

June 1, 2017. The Hitachi engineer replaced a suspect board in the FESEM and the system is working after running overnight. He wants us to use the microscope today while he is here at the lab in case the problem reoccurs. I have opened up the calendar so you can …


FESEM problems

May 31, 2017. The Hitachi engineer (FESEM) is here now and thinks there may be 2 problems. One is lines in the image and the other is the computer locking up. When I called them the first time the lines were the problem then, while I was away, the computer …


Lines on FESEM screen are back

May 22, 2017. I called Hitachi to come in and make the repair. They tried to help me last week without apparent success. They think it might have something to do with heat so I pulled that back panel cover off and put a fan on the guts (technical term!). …

Minerals and Materials Engineering Building

Electricians in labs

May 11, 2017. Electricians are installing fire alarm circuits in the 6th floor microscopy labs. I am having to cover the equipment when they are in a lab. I’m blocking out a lot of time on the calendars for this project and will release it when they are done.


FESEM back online

April 27, 2017. The FESEM is back online now. The engineer rebuilt the hard drive, installed a new image board and performed routine maintenance. The software runs faster and we should not see computer lock-ups. Let me know if you see any odd behavior.

TEM is down

March 24, 2017. The accelerating voltage system is not working correctly and the TEM cannot be used. I have a call in to the technician. Look for updates as this repair progresses. UPDATE March 27, 2017. The TEM is down bad. There is a failed or partially failed electrical component …