Division of Research Services

Asher Bar-on, Head

The division consists of highly skilled technicians and engineers, grouped into professional working units.

The division provides support to the Weizmann Institute's research program, based on an inter-departmental charging system. The division is also in charge of the Security and Fire Department of the Institute.

The Division's organizational structure consists of two main branches and two sections. Each branch is headed by a branch head. The branch of Engineering & Instrumentation, headed by Eng. Arik Velner includes both machine shops, the Instrument Design Unit, the Glassblowing Unit and the Scientific Instruments Maintenance Unit.

The second branch Design, Photography and Printing combines these three units and at the moment is without a branch head. Both branch heads work directly under the division head as well as the two other section heads. These sections are the Security section and the Moving, Distribution and Postal section. The division's organizational structure is now pyramidal thereby allowing for much better managerial and control capabilities.

Scientific Instrumentation Production - Rothberg
Avi Einhorn, Head

The workshop consists of a group of highly skilled technicians able to construct laboratory equipment from a wide range of materials. The workshop's machinery is designed to accommodate the demands of modern research laboratories, lathes, milling machines, sanders, drills and all other necessary equipment.

With our recently acquired CNC milling machine our capabilities to produce more complicated and intricate devices has been greatly enhanced.

The workshop includes the following disciplines as well: raw material warehouse, welding shop, sheet metal shop, sign production facility and production of unique laboratory apparatus made from plastic and PVC.

The design of the instruments is drawn up either by the scientist/student working in conjunction with the technicians or through the Instruments Design Unit using advanced CAD technologies.

The workshop produces and stocks a large range of Perspex appliances mainly for the use of the Biology faculties.

Instrument Design Unit
Benny Pasmantirer, Head

The Instrument Design Unit, a team of skilled engineers, designs prototypes of versatile laboratory instruments according to specific research needs. Innovative solutions to technical problems that arose during the design process are worked out by the team in conjunction with the requesting scientist.

The design process is implemented using parametric software, which simulates the assembly as a solid on the screen, allowing quick changes until the final product is realized.

The team accompanies the manufacturing process of the prototype from the workshops of the Weizmann Institute (Precision Instrument and Engineering Workshop and Instrumentation Workshop, Physics) through its installation and finally to its successful operation in the laboratory.

We are in the process of recruiting a new design engineer who will replace one of the team's engineers who recently left the unit.

Scientific Instrumentation Production - Physics
Shlomo Asayag, Head

This unit's vast capabilities and experience enable it to produce custom made instruments for all the research laboratories in the Institute.

Available to the skilled technicians are lathes and milling machines that allow high precision metalwork in the range of 1mm-2000mm. The workshop is fully equipped with drills, sanders, guillotines and all other necessary equipment needed to produce instruments of such high precision and quality.

Our technicians are able to produce equipment from plans drawn up after meetings and discussions with scientists or students. The Instruments Design Unit using CAD programs works in conjunction with the machine shop creating technical plans for scientific instruments to be produced in the workshop.

Scientific Glassblowing Unit
Danny Nutman, Head

Provides services for scientific research in the campus including advice and design of special glassware.

Creation and modification of pyrex and quartz glass laboratory instruments.

This year the head of the unit Yossi Novema retired and was replaced by another experienced and capable blower Danny Nutman. We also recruited a new blower who will take over when Danny retires towards the end of 2011.

Scientific Instruments Maintenance
Chaim Yadin, Head

This unit specializes in the repair and maintenance of laboratory equipment. The unit is divided into the following sections: centrifuges, vacuum pumps and lab equipment. The centrifuge team repairs and maintains all types of centrifuges in the Institute: floor, tabletop, cooled, ultra etc.

Lab equipment ranges from small equipment such as Pipetman/ Pipetaid, stirrers, mechanical balances, hot plates to larger equipment such as shakers, electrophoresis cells, lyophilizes and ice machines.

With the merging of the Vacuum unit over 1,000 laboratory vacuum pumps are now being maintained by the unit's technicians. The unit has recently begun daily maintenance of a number of X-Ray film developing units.

This year the unit expanded its range of instruments that it is able to repair and maintain namely incubators. There are approximately 400 incubators at the Institute. The team underwent an extensive technical instruction program and are now fully qualified and capable to repair and maintain these instruments.

Moving, Distribution and Postal Services
Ehud Idan, Head

This service is responsible for all handling and moving all goods within the campus, from the campus and to the campus. Besides regular distribution of items/requests from the different warehouses to the Institute departments, this team has vast experience in moving delicate/heavy/bulky equipment, (e.g. centrifuges, hoods, freezers, optical tables) from place to place.

The unit is also responsible for cleaning out basements, labs and offices and often makes use of special cranes and handling equipment.

At the disposal of the unit are three medium sized trucks with loading ramps, a forklift and numerous carts of different types and sizes.

A limited amount of storage space is available, which can be used by special request.

Recently the Institute's Postal unit was moved from the Human Resources Division to the Division of Research Services and placed in the Moving section. The merge has been very successful and the option of utilizing all this section's manpower and vehicles has greatly raised the level of service in the postal unit.

Photography Laboratories
Shalom Nidam, Head

Documentation of experiments, often live, at Institute laboratories, professional photography, developing and processing of photographs.

Video - shooting and editing. Digital photography, screening of photos, computerized photo processing and producing CD ROM discs. We recently purchased a digital video camera and digital editing equipment, which increased our support capabilities for the scientific staff.

In our archive section hundreds of thousands of important historical photos of the Institute have been cataloged. We can now easily retrieve photos from the archives. This is an ongoing project and should be funded at Institute level.

Duplication and Printing Unit
Natan Kronenberg, Head

Printing, duplication and publishing all scientific work produced at the Institute, assisting in the preparation of materials for various forms as well as large format posters of scientific publications and presentations using new advanced digital duplicating machines for color prints.

Educational booklets and flyers of various types are also produced for many departments especially The Davidson Institute of Science Education and young@science.

This year we are enjoying the fruits of a substantial renewal of printing and copying machines. These new machines some of which replaced machines of over twenty years old have enhanced our printing capabilities both in quantity and especially in quality.

Graphics Department
Haya Yoskovitch, Head

From the initial idea to the final product

The Graphics Department at the Weizmann Institute of Science, housed in the Goldsmith-Maltz Building, was established in 1975 to supply the graphic requirements of all the scientists, technical workers and administrative staff.

From a nucleus of two, using pencils, rulers, letter-sets, rapidographs and similar old-fashioned equipment, we have now grown to a very respectable staff of ten.

Sharing our knowledge is important; whether it be through volunteering our educational services to the Institute retirees, or one-on-ones and small group instruction for specific programs. Special workshops, (such as Adobe Acrobat) offering basic information needed by the majority of our scientists, students and staff, are also organized.

Using updated multimedia technology, powerful computers, scanners, high-quality printers, digital recorders, video cameras, and the latest computer programs available on the market; we provide state of the art designs according to the specifications and requirements of our clientele. This year we continued investing in more powerful computers for graphics allowing us to keep up with the continual advance of graphics programs.

Security Department
Moshe Gat, Head

The Security Department is in charge of all internal security, including fire alarm systems, fire-extinguishing equipment and security alarm systems. They are also involved in assisting social events at the Institute.


Engineers and Laboratories Staff

Asher Bar-on, MSM, Boston University and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva
Arik Velner, B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva
Iris Mazor, B.A. English Lit. and History, Tel-Aviv University
Tali Wiesel, B. Business, Management College, Tel-Aviv
Lilia Goffer, M.Sc., Polytechnic Institute, Chelabinsk
Benjamin Pasmantirer, B.Sc., Tel Aviv University, Tel-Aviv
Natan Kronnenber, B.A. Humanities, Israel History, Hebrew University of Jerusalem