January 31, 2018. My bad for only letting you know now, but the ESEM is down with a power supply problem. We are working to acquire a repair part now.
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November 28, 2017. I took the EDS detector (in need of repair) off of the TEM yesterday. This morning I started a bake of the column which will take 20 hours. The scope should be ready by tomorrow morning. I’ll send you a followup email to confirm.
November 15, 2017. The FEI engineer will be here on Monday afternoon and probably Tuesday. The scope won’t be available then. I’ll send you updates.
September 28, 2017. The JEOL TEM is still down due to a grid dropped into the specimen chamber that is blocking the beam. This is a serious problem that could lead to an expensive repair bill. It was easily avoidable.
September 25, 2017. My first try at removing the grid from the beam path in the TEM failed. I’m going to repeat but I’m not sure there is enough time this afternoon. That would mean I’ll be doing it tomorrow morning. Tomorrow morning’s TEM schedule is cancelled. September 22, 2017. …
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 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 …
July 31, 2017. We are conducting some vibration isolations system test this afternoon and tomorrow morning so the TEM will be unavailable. It should be back online tomorrow afternoon.
July 24, 2017. 2:09 pm FIB is back online (NM) July 24, 2017. 11:08 am There is an air leak on theFIB. I am working on it now.