Category: Status

All equipment status updates.

E-SEM AZTEC Updates

I have good news and better news. Good news is we have a work around for the software issue with AZtec. We will be able to capture images and perform EDS using another software package called INCA. The even better news is that our new EDS detector, which comes with a computer upgrade, will be here in May.

I can assist with training on the INCA software. It is very similar to AZtec so most usera will pick it up quickly.

FESEM Down

April 19

Good news. The parts have arrived and the technician will be on site tomorrow. Hopefully repairs will be completed soon.

April 18

The FESEM is down due to computer issues. I’m working to resolve the problem and will update you as soon as I can.

Unfortunately we will need to bring in a service engineer to repair the FESEM. The FESEM will be unavailable until the repairs are completed. They are currently ordering the necessary parts and will be scheduling repairs ASAP.

ACMAL Status During Spring Break

During spring break the facility will be open during normal business hours (Monday through Friday,  8am – 5pm). I will be out of the office starting today (3/4) and returning on Monday 3/14. During my absence you can contact Ed Laitila for any facility emergencies. 
If you need sample coated please contact Joshua King (jorking@mtu.edu) or Keith Pickelmann (krpickel@mtu.edu). 
Hope everyone has a nice spring break!

ACMAL Lab Cleanliness Reminder [Action Required]

ACMAL staff have noticed many unlabeled samples being left in the labs and sample prep areas. Our stated policy is “When exiting the lab, be sure that all personal items are removed, any specimens are removed or disposed of..” However, we do allow some samples to be stored for a short period of time. Those samples should be properly labeled with your name, email address, and date. Any unlabeled samples will be thrown away.

Please take a minute to review ACMAL’s cleanliness policy. These are shared labs and it is important that we work together to create a clean and safe environment for all facility users.