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Hitachi S-4700 FE-SEM

FESEM update

September 19, 2018. The engineers think there is some contamination on a stationary aperture in the column. It will be a big job to change it and it couldn’t be done before next week at the earliest, more likely the week after. I found that the scope works fine at …

Hitachi S-4700 FE-SEM

FESEM problem

September 19, 2018. There is a problem with the FESEM that shows up when adjusting the beam alignment. Usually we should see a nice round spot but now it is stretched our into an ellipse. I’ve contacted the engineers who have given me a few tests to run. The scope …

Hitachi FB-2000A FIB

FIB repair status

September 11, 2018. Hitachi service is here today to start FIB repairs. He has identified the problem and knows where the contamination is located in the column. The repair will require a complete column disassembly. He expects to be finished by Friday morning. I’ll confirm when we are back online.

Hitachi FB-2000A FIB

FIB status

June 20, 2018. The FIB is still down and will be until sometime in July. We have to wait until the new fiscal year on July 1 to request a service call. Since we aren’t a service contract customer we won’t be a priority for them and may have to …

Hitachi FB-2000A FIB

FIB status

June 6, 2018. The FIB is still not working. I am trying steps the engineer has nearly every day, but we are running out of ideas. We may need to bring the engineer here to make the repair. I’ll keep you updated on the status.

Hitachi S-4700 FE-SEM

FESEM down

May 11, 2018. The ion pumps shut off last night and I can’t get them restarted. Hitachi is coming Monday and they can get it back on then.   The scope will be down until the middle of next week.  Sorry.

Hitachi FB-2000A FIB

FIB update

May 1, 2018. Hitachi will come here to work on the FIB. To save money he will come in conjunction with a routine maintenance service call for the FESEM. I’ve submitted a PO for the FIB labor and it should be sent to the company before the end of day …