Equipment policy?

Mary Tang mtang at
Tue Jul 1 09:27:57 PDT 2003

Hi all --

There have been several questions recently about enabling equipment...
First, it seems that there are four kinds of equipment (with regard to
Coral) in the lab, would you agree:

1.  Equipment that is single-user, and must be enabled to be used (most
equipment in the lab.)
2.  Equipment that is not on Coral (microscopes, mainly...  anything
3.  Equipment that is on Coral (primarily for problem reporting
purposes) but does not require enabling to be used (dektaks, nanospecs,
what else?)
4.  Equipment that is on Coral but is multi-user -- that is, only one
person can enable at a time, but multiple people can use it at the same
time (wet benches, svg tracks.)

Second, with regard to multiuser equipment -- it seems that, as a
courtesy, whoever wants to share the equipment should check with the
person who has enabled it (since it's that person's dollar and his/her
responsibility if a problem is to be reported -- and also to ensure
everyone knows what's going on with, say, acid changes.)  Also, if the
person who has enabled is done, then whomever is sharing should enable
over the first person.

How's that sound?  (If there are no objections, I'll add it to the
intro/policy manual.)


Mary X. Tang, Ph.D.
National Nanofabrication Users' Network
Stanford Nanofabrication Facility
CIS Room 136, Mail Code 4070
Stanford, CA  94305
mtang at

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