January 30, 2017. The ESEM is back online and ready to use. Best as we can tell right now, the EDS is working too. We will have the EDS manufacturer come in to check the system but we might as well use it in the meantime.
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December 21, 2016. A broken pipe poured water onto the ESEM and computers Monday. Obviously, the microscope is down. We are going to let everything dry out over the holidays and try to restart it in the week of Jan 2.
August 12, 2016. All, I have blocked out time on 3 scopes on Wednesday next week (Aug 17) for a scheduled cooling water outage. Plan your work accordingly. Thanks, Owen
December 3, 2013. The water pump in the Denton chiller failed. I have a new on order that will be here Thursday. Provided the pump arrives Thursday, I can have the Denton back online Friday morning. If you need carbon coating before then we have the Meridian coater that can …
October 11, 2013. Facilities repaired the pump and the process water is back online! I’ll be turning the scopes back on in a few hours.
October 11, 2013. Yet another problem with the cooling water – now both circulating pumps are down.. The 6400, 4000 and FIB are off-line. Facilities is working on the pumps now. I’ll send you an update later this afternoon.
October 2, 2013, 2:05 pm. I just heard from Facilities that the process water is now being cooled by the refrigeration system. All of the microscopes are back online now.
October 2, 2013, 11:08 am. Cooling water update II: The refrigeration system is working but a valve to switch between the refrigerated and air cooled process water is not working properly. Facilities thinks they can get it freed and will switch over to refrigerated process water if the process water …
September 30, 2013, 2:35 pm. Process cooling water – ACMAL facility: The process cooling water is not being refrigerated and the water temperature is 70oF. The problem is and apparently has been a refrigerant leak in the compressor system. 70 is too warm to run the electron microscopes and XRD …
June 20, 2013. The cooling water temperature for the microscopes is too high so I have shut down the 6400 SEM and TEM. Hopefully temp comes down this afternoon. I’ll keep you informed.