fiji systems back online

Noureddine Tayebi ntayebi at
Fri May 25 09:24:19 PDT 2012

Not sure if I released my time on coral or not for this morning (don't have access to it from where I am) as I saw last night the machine was still down (before J sent e-mail). So if I did not and someone wants to use it, please go ahead.

Apologies for any inconvenience in case I did not.


----- Original Message -----
From: "J Provine" <jprovine at>
To: fiji1 at, fiji2 at
Sent: Friday, May 25, 2012 1:53:51 AM
Subject: fiji systems back online

ald enthusiasts, 
fiji1 and fiji2 are back online for us (although i'm running on fiji1 now).  both transfer arms were disassembled, reassembled, cleaned, reset, coaxed, encouraged, mollified, and finally convinced to behave once again.  fiji2 is not as "sticky" or rough in action as before, but still isn't perfectly smooth.  fiji1's substrate transfer is fine.   

in both cases, definite care should be taken to make sure you properly transfer the substrate holder.  very little force is needed at any time and there should never be sudden movements with the transfer arm.  if you are in doubt at all or concerned please call me at 650-644-9403 at any time.  i will be in the snf quite a bit in the coming 4 days so i should be able to look in or help as you load/unload. 

finally, special thanks to max shulaker, hai wei, and fabian purkl for their assistance today in the repairs or freeing up time for me to work on the systems.  also noted thanks to kaveh and joe m for being willing to help as well. 


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