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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 …


6400 online

August 27, 2018. I got the 6400 stage back online this morning and tried to reproduce the problem without success. If the stage runs away (moves quickly out of control) turn off the red button on the SEM table top below the LH CRT monitor. Call for help. 906-369-1875.

Hitachi FB-2000A FIB

FIB stage

March 26, 2018. I still have the SEM stage in the FIB. I’d like to leave it in until next week if that’s okay with users. Let me know if this will cause you problems.


FIB stage

March 20, 2018. I’m removing the TEM stage and replacing it with the SEM stage for a few days work.  The TEM stage should be reinstalled on Friday afternoon.


6400 SEM stage

November 8, 2016. The 6400 stage control misbehaves occasionally by “running away” when the stage cannot be controlled as it drives towards an end stop. If this happens to you turn off the control box with the red button above the joystick. The company gave me some ideas that I …

TEM is back online

May 28, 2014. The problem with the gionomatere stage turned out to be an easy fix.  Lucky us. BUT, the delay in y motion when the ball is rolled or the button is pushed remains a problem.  I am working with the service engineer to schedule a  visit in the …