Category Archives: Status

All equipment status updates.

Logbook System Changes

IT has rewritten the logbook system software. There are some great new features that we will appreciate. It isn’t ready for installation – on some systems we are going to have to upgrade the thin clients (little computer boxes) to use a newer web browser. We’ll do initial testing on the FIB since it gets less use. These instruments will be upgraded

FESEM
SEM
TEM
FIB
ESEM
Confocal (has newer client – may not need upgrading)
STEM (has newer client – may not need upgrading)

I’ll let you now when we are testing on the FIB.




Sample Prep Computer Log

We have removed all of the paper logs from Sample Prep Room 637.

You will now need to record instrument and liquid nitrogen use in the Computer on the table when you come in. There are instructions on how to use the computer log next to the keyboard.

The following needs the use to be logged:

    • Liquid Nitrogen
    • Ion Mill
    • Cressington Coater
    • Electropolisher
    • Etcher
    • Carbon Coater

All Instruments (except Liquid Nitrogen), must be both Logged In AND Logged Out. Forgetting to logout of the instrument can cause issues with the program.

If you have any questions or come across issues with the logging program, feel free to let us know.


Sample Prep Computer Log System

We will be making the final switch to using the Computer Log System in the Sample Prep Room 637 by this Friday (Feb 22nd 2019).

We will be removing all of the paper logs and you will need to record instrument and liquid nitrogen use in the Computer on the table when you come in.

There will be reminder signs placed on the instruments and instructions on how to use the computer log next to the keyboard.

If you have any questions, feel free to let us know.



FESEM update

I installed the new pump this morning and the system pumped down as expected. Around lunchtime it will achieve adequate vacuum level to be used. I will check it at noon and send you another message to say all clear to use it.

Unfortunately, the problem I have been working on this week, a bad vacuum pump, is not the problem that causes the vacuum panel to shut down intermittently. There is a chance that the panel will shut down again. I am still working with the manufacturer engineer to solve that problem.

Look for my message during the lunch hour today.