Subject: RE: Loadlock problem
From: "SangBum Kim" <>
Date: Sat, 31 May 2008 00:14:29 -0700

Dear raith users,

 I have posted this message on the coral also.

While unloading and loading, I encountered robot arm error. The error
message says "Manual procedure to bring the robot arm back in its outer
position. Please follow the instruction." I followed the instruction and the
it cause fatal error while closing gate valve. I had to call James and he
helped me to clear the error. The system is ok but you might encounter the
same error. 
 The system worked fine other than the problem described above. If you
encounter this error, you might want to call James or raith champions since
you need administrator password to clear the error.

 The sample holder is empty now without any sample on it. I loaded the empty
holder back to the chamber without knowing that I don't need to do that.
Sorry for the inconvenience.


-----Original Message-----
From: [] 
Sent: Friday, May 30, 2008 11:32 PM
Subject: Loadlock problem

The loadlock apprently has something wrong.  The sample of the previous user
is till in the chamber, and I cannot unload it.  The system says something
wrong happens to the robot arm.

Does anyone have any hint to solve this problem?

Many thanks


Quoting John Shott <>:

> Raith Community:
> This afternoon Lev Markov from Raith USA came in for some additional 
> work on the problematic turbo cooling situation.  In the process of 
> investigating and localizing flow limitations in the system, a kink in 
> one of the water lines was found.  Once the kink in the line was 
> straightened, a healthy flow of about 2.3 liters per minute at a 
> chiller pressure of only about 40 PSI was observed.  Yesterday at this 
> time, it took 80 PSI to force only 1.2 liters per minute through the 
> system.
> While we will continue to monitor the flows, we are optimistic that 
> this may resolve this problematic issue.
> I'd like to particularly thank Rohan Kekatpure for finishing early 
> and, in particular, Patrick Gallagher and Kelley Riviore for giving up 
> their time slots this afternoon so that Lev could investigate this 
> problem ... had they not been so gracious, we would not have been able 
> to investigate this matter today and Lev will be in LA all next week.
> They deserve a thank you from everyone for their community-minded 
> spirit in this regard.  As you know, the system is booked around the 
> clock.  If any of you need to cancel a time slot because samples won't 
> be ready or think you may finish early, I'd like to ask you to contact 
> Patrick ( and Kelley ( 
> first to see if we can get them some "make up time" over the next 2-3 
> days.  Please let Kelley and Patrick know if you think you know of 
> some time that may open up in the near future ....
> Happy processing,
> John

Linyou Cao
PhD candidate
Dept. of Mater. Sci.and Engin., Brongersma Group President&Co-founder
Stanford Nanoscience&Nanotechnology Society Stanford University