SC11 Auto Survey System

The SC11/Auto is a fully populated configuration of the SC11/SI system. With 2 DC magnetic field sensors, 3 accelerometers and a precision microphone, it provides all the sensors needed for a full automated site survey for an SEM or TEM. All the sensors connect to an SC11 Sensor Interface, which is AC powered and connects to a Windows laptop PC via USB. The whole system including a tripod and laptop fits into a rugged custom carrying case for ease of portability.

Manufacturer

Spicer Consulting

Spicer Consulting has built a world-wide reputation in magnetic field cancelling for electron microscopes and similar instruments. Today, working with equipment manufacturers and users alike, the company is recognised as an industry expert in maximising the performance of electron microscopes, electron beam lithography systems, CD-SEM and focused ion beam tools. Spicer Consulting magnetic field cancelling systems protect sensitive equipment in the world's leading laboratories, universities and semiconductor manufacturing plants, as well as in the test facilities of electron and ion beam equipment manufacturers. Its magnetic field, vibration and acoustic analysis systems have been adopted as standard equipment for the conduct of site surveys by leading equipment manufacturers.

Key Features

  • Automated site surveys for SEM and TEM installations
  • Full SC11/SI system with 2 x 3-axis DC magnetic field sensors, 3 x Wilcoxon 731A accelerometers, Brüel & Kjær precision microphone
  • Measures: Magnetic field at 2 heights, Floor vibration in 3 axes, Acoustic levels
  • SC11 Survey 5.6 software automates multiple unattended site
  • Self Test feature checks all the sensors before making measurements
  • Templates and a step-by-step guide aid novice users to perform site surveys
  • Predefined setup scripts run the spectrum analyser, chart recorder, oscilloscope and plot results

Overview

The SC11/Auto is a fully populated configuration of the SC11/SI system. With 2 DC magnetic field sensors, 3 accelerometers and a precision microphone, it provides all the sensors needed for a full automated site survey for an SEM or TEM. All the sensors connect to an SC11 Sensor Interface, which is AC powered and connects to a Windows laptop PC via USB. The whole system including a tripod and laptop fits into a rugged custom carrying case for ease of portability. The software suite includes “SC11 Survey”, which automates a complete survey and “SC11 Wizard”, which aids in setting up a single measurement. These call up three virtual instruments, an oscilloscope, a spectrum analyser and a chart recorder that display results graphically on the laptop screen. Also included is “SCplot”, a comprehensive results plotting program.

Sensor Interface

The Sensor Interface operates from universal AC power (100-240 V ~ 50/60 Hz) which is used to power all the sensors and its embedded Analog Devices Blackfin microcomputer. For long term monitoring applications, where loss of data would not be acceptable, the sensor interface can be powered from an un-interruptible power supply. Our tests with a fully charged 350W UPS from APT provided up to four hours of operation. There are inputs for two Spicer Consulting 3-axis magnetic field sensors. There are inputs for three Wilcoxon 731A accelerometers. The inputs provide the constant current load and power supply for each Wilcoxon 731A and are suitable for most other types of piezo accelerometers when using the spectrum program. There is an input for a Brüel & Kjær 4190/2669L precision microphone. The Interface provides the special power supplies for the 2669L microphone pre-amplifier to enable the microphone to operate to its full specification. There is a general purpose DC coupled auxiliary input via a BNC connector at the back of the interface.

A multi-channel 13 bit ADC controlled by an embedded Analog Devices Blackfin Microcomputer acquires all the signals in digital format inside the Interface. The microcomputer performs extensive signal pre-processing before the signals are sent to the laptop computer through the USB connection.

Sensor SC24/DC+AC

This is the 3-axis magnetic field sensor supplied with the SC11/Auto system. It can measure DC and AC fields, e.g. changing DC fields from trams and elevators and AC power line fields. It has internal bias coils that are used to null the Earth’s field. The bias coil currents are reset by clicking an icon on the program screen, each time the sensor is moved. The measurement range is ± 20 mG. The sensor has low noise and when fully warmed up the DC drift is below 20μG/day.

Wilcoxon Research model 731A accelerometer

The Wilcoxon Research model 731A has a measurement range of 200 mg's Pk-Pk and a bandwidth of 0.1 Hz to 500 Hz when used with SC11/Auto system. It is suitable for the measurement of extremely low level vibrations. Its noise limit is 0.03μg/ √Hz at 2Hz. The system supports simultaneous measurements by three accelerometers. Each accelerometer measures along one independent axis. With three correctly oriented accelerometers, vibration can be measured in three orthogonal axes.

Brüel & Kjær 4190/2669L microphone

The Brüel & Kjær 4190 microphone with 2669L preamplifier connects directly to the sensor interface. It provides acoustic measurements to acoustic laboratory reference standards. It measures sound levels from 20dB to 110dB and 1.5Hz to 20kHz. It measures infrasound levels (i.e. frequencies below 20Hz) which can limit the performance of transmission electron microscopes by vibrating the sample. (The Sound Level Meter supplied with the SC11/Compact is also supported).

Product range

SC11 Compact Analysis System
SC11 Sensor Interface Analysis System
SC11 Auto Survey System
SC28 Monitoring System

Software

Calibration

The magnetic field sensors are manufactured and calibrated by Spicer Consulting. Their calibration is NAMAS traceable. The Wilcoxon accelerometers are supplied by Wilcoxon Research Inc. Germantown MD, USA with a calibration certificate traceable to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, USA. The Brüel & Kjær 4190 microphone is supplied with a calibration certificate traceable to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, USA. We provide a re-calibration service for the entire system.

SC11 Survey

SC11 Survey automates a complete survey by calling other SC11 instruments using Active X technology. It uses a macro that can run several measurements and automatically save the results. Survey guides you through the choice of sensors, a self test to ensure all the sensors are working and then the survey itself. Survey enables first-time users to set up the equipment and run a standard survey using a macro and setup files that have already been created by an expert user. This program is designed to work with the full SC11/SI system with 2 DC magnetic field sensors, 3 accelerometers and a precision microphone. Self test can be customised to omit magnetic field, or vibration or acoustic tests if required. Survey macros are very flexible, but once written, they require the sensors for which they are designed.

SC11 Wizard

The SC11 Wizard quickly and easily starts a single pre-defined measurement using the spectrum analyser, chart recorder or oscilloscope program. It guides you through the choice of sensors, the instrument for which the environment is to be checked, the type of analysis and the type of measurement. The Wizard helps new or occasional users to get started with making measurements as simply as possible, using setup files that have already been created by an expert user. It also helps experienced users to organise their setup files.

Oscilloscope

The oscilloscope program is useful for initial investigation of magnetic fields during trouble shooting of electron microscope imaging problems.

Spectrum Analyser

The spectrum analyser program enables in-depth analysis of magnetic field, vibration, sound and other sources such as the video output from an SEM in spot-mode. It displays the waveforms and spectra of up to 8 channels. It highlights the selected channel. It has a wide range of units for use with all the sensors. An example of floor vibration analysis using 3 Wilcoxon 731A accelerometers is shown below. When measuring vibration with the Wilcoxon 731A accelerometer, the software integrates its output to provide velocity and displacement units as well as acceleration.

Chart Recorder

The chart program is used to record events that change relatively slowly. It simulates plotting on a paper chart which is up to 20 screen pages wide. It displays in page mode (one screen width at a time) or as a continuous scroll. The most recent 20 pages of data are retained in memory (2 hours 46 minutes at slowest chart speed). Controls for vertical range, chart speed and bandwidth are provided. Pan and zoom controls enable any section of the plot to be examined. You can mark events that occur during measurement of any chart, such as the movement of trains. The markers are exported with the results. The example below, in 4 channel mode, is a chart of the total Pk-Pk AC magnetic field in the 1Hz to 2500Hz range. The program is calculating the Pk-Pk values in real time and charting the result. It shows that the X field was steady at 1.05mG Pk-Pk and the Z field varied from 0.1 to 0.3mG Pk-Pk during the 100 second period of the chart. By selecting the narrow band option the program can chart the field at a specified frequency, e.g. 50Hz or 60Hz.

SCplot

SCplot is a comprehensive results editing program that enables results exported as text files or Matlab level 5 files from the Oscilloscope, Spectrum and Chart recorder programs to be formatted for published reports. It is particularly useful for formatting the large text files that result from long term data logging. It supports all the units and formats that are used in the Oscilloscope, Spectrum and Chart recorder programs. It enables units conversion and can post-process results with user specified formulas. SCplot can show multiple results measured at different times on a 3D waterfall plot and it can append plots to a document in Microsoft Word. The acoustic measurement shown on page 6 is reproduced below as an image exported from SCplot after formatting.

Downloads

SC11 Auto Survey System Brochure

SC11 Auto Survey System Brochure

DC Magnetic Field Sensor Option Brochure

DC Magnetic Field Sensor Option Brochure

Transfer Function Analyser Option Brochure

Transfer Function Analyser Option Brochure

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