Recently, the world’s largest manufacturer of semiconductor chips, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC), was hit with the WannaCry worm. A supplier installed software containing the infection to a tool and connected it to the network. More than 10,000 unpatched Windows 7 machines became infected, leading to substantial losses in production while machines were down as a result of the worm and the subsequent efforts to repair the damage.
Installing the patches themselves requires taking the machines down and coordinating tool recovery with equipment suppliers.
You can read more about the event here.
As more and more systems in manufacturing facilities are networked together, the threat of worms like WannaCry increases. Managers need to trade off the improved productivity of networked systems against the downtime needed to properly secure those systems against viruses and worms, also considering the threat of greater downtimes from an infection.
Most of the NanoScope® brand AFM’s are controlled by Windows XP computers. Accordingly, the computers supplied by Advanced Surface Microscopy for refurbished systems run Windows XP to retain compatibility with older hardware. Systems installed after May 2017 have the XP WannaCry patch that was provided by Microsoft.
If you have an XP system, here’s how to confirm the patch is installed:
- Open Windows Explorer and browse to the indicated folder and file.
- Highlight the file srv.sys and read the file version in the status line.
- Srv.sys version 5.1.2600.7208 is good. If you have this version, the patch is installed.
- Then close the Window.
If the patch has not yet been installed, then:
Download and install the patch Security Update for Windows XP SP3 (KB4012598).
You can find this at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=55245
The file to download is
Date Published: 5/15/2017
File Size: 666 KB
For all other operating systems, go to the authoritative Microsoft page.
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Repair your NanoScope AFM or STMWe can perform many repairs on older NanoScope Brand Atomic Force Microscopes.
Now: Z drift repair
Repair your Veeco/Bruker Dimension Vx Atomic Force Profiler and Dimension 7000 and 9000 Atomic Force Profilers.
We can help with other Automated NanoScope brand AFMs (Dimension 7000 and Dimension 9000) and with Dimension 3100 and 5000 that also use the Veeco Metrology closed loop scanners.
Calibration SpecimensLength calibration specimens in the nanometer to micron range for AFM, STM, SEM, and others.We also offer Traceable Calibration Specimens (XY length scales traceable to international standards)
This page contains [will contain] links to several pages describing used (second-hand) NanoScope equipment we have for sale and seek to buy.
ASM buys, refurbishes, and sells and installs used AFM and STM equipment. The equipment shown on these pages is representative of what he have bought and sold in the past. Similar systems are generally available, but current stock may not match the exact configurations shown here.
Ask us for details of currently available systems.
Would you rather fix what you have then buy? We also repair NanoScopes.
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Why Buy from ASM
Since 1990 we have bene providing skilled analytical services specializing in Atomic Force Microscopy and related techniques. We have made significatn scientific contributions in AFM. Since 1993, we have been buying, refurbishing and selling, second-hand NanoScope AFM’s and related equipment for customers around the world. All the equipment we sell is tested and repaired as needed to meet our professional standards. We provide skilled techinical support to our customers, covering both instrument operations and application advice.
What Customers Say
“I thought the AFM purchased by Molecular Reflections was an excellent instrument. No surprises. I also think that you and your colleagues wanted us to succeed, not only in getting the instrument functioning but beyond, in terms of guidance for techniques and such. I would highly recommend Advanced Surface Microscopy as a source for renewed equipment.” – Dr. Boyce Collins, USA.
“I always thought it was a great idea to have a company that sells used SPM equiment. Advanced Surface Microscopy provides an excellent service to the SPM community with its products.” Prof. Ricardo Garcia, CSIC-Madrid Microelectronics Institute, Spain.