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Working with Silicon Wafers
Semiconductor manufacturing May 19, 2022
Send-Ahead Wafers: why this advanced capability should be native in your MES

The ability to split a production lot such that the send-ahead lot or wafers are processed in the least possible amount of time, with complete traceability, parametric recording and automated process or equipment adjustment before the bulk lot is processed or a second send-ahead wafer lot is issued, can all be controlled and executed through the same MES platform. For process owners, this is the fastest way to ensure critical process steps are executed with minimum wastage of time, capacity, labor and material, with highest possible visibility and throughput.        

Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems IMS Semiconductor R&D
Semiconductor manufacturing April 27, 2022
MES for Semiconductor R&D

For any R&D lab, the priorities might differ, but the need to graduate from old, cumbersome and outdated systems is the same. Whether you are a semiconductor R&D facility or a high volume manufacturer, choose an MES that offers system scalability, data visibility, and advanced functionality.

Wire Bonder Used for Attaching Silicon Chips and Electronic Devices to a PCB Printed Circuit Board
Semiconductor manufacturing March 10, 2022
Reimagining Semiconductor MES

Typically, semiconductor fabs have an array of IT applications covering WIP, track & trace, scheduling, maintenance, reporting and analytics. While this approach might have worked in the past, the high demand from the market subjected the industry to a great deal of pressure. Legacy MES needs to evolve from a traceability solution to a full-fledged platform supporting advanced scenarios in Semiconductor.

Silicon Wafers and Microcircuits
Semiconductor manufacturing February 4, 2022
The Future of Digital Transformation in the Semiconductor Industry

The future of digital transformation in the semiconductor industry is to pursue industry 4.0 to go beyond chips. It begins with a re-engineered operation and a re-imagined business, which at its core needs a MES capable of supporting this large scale and all-pervasive strategy.

Female Scientist Carefully Inspect A Silicon wafer
Semiconductor manufacturing October 7, 2021
Predictive Maintenance: A Reality for Semiconductor Manufacturing

Predictive Maintenance becomes a strategic initiative in a highly complex, automated semiconductor fab. Predictive Maintenance equips process owners and maintenance personnel to proactively detect equipment-related issues before there is a breakdown, allowing owners to eke out the last bit of performance. Production and schedule adherence are protected, and unplanned stoppages avoided. 

Manufacturing Facility Team of Scientist Wearing Sterile Protective Coverall Set's up / Programs Modern Industrial 3D Printer, High Precision Manufacture of Semiconductors under Process
Semiconductor manufacturing September 9, 2021
What does full automation mean for Semiconductor Manufacturing?

The 2021 global chip shortage bears testimony that the industry’s perceived capabilities have fallen short on reaping the full potential of digital transformation and automation.

Female Scientist Working on Silicon Wafer Fabrication in Cleanroom in Semiconductor fab
Semiconductor manufacturing July 9, 2021
IoT Data Platform – A Necessity for Semiconductor Manufacturing

A truly Industry 4.0-enabled semiconductor fab needs more than a MES. It needs an IoT data platform, which encompasses the core MES functionality, but has the capability to unleash the potential of IoT through enhanced data storage and manipulation capabilities.

Semiconductor chip
Semiconductor manufacturing June 25, 2021
Semiconductor Industry: sluggish digitalization and a way forward

The Semiconductor Industry has been at the forefront of digitalization. Chips manufactured by the industry have enabled increased data storage, real- time data processing at the edge and the very manifestation of IIoT and AI in value chains worldwide. However, the automotive and medical device industries are outpacing semiconductor in terms of digitalization, with the semiconductor industry lagging behind.

Clean Room
Semiconductor manufacturing July 12, 2019
Effective, Speedy Experiments

Speed, efficiency and effectiveness. These are three very different things but are often associated with each other. According to folklore, the fastest doesn’t always finish first – so is efficiency and effectiveness what you should be striving for? Design of Experiments (DOE) is like this. You can conduct experiments fast, but what if you miss an important interaction because you can only experiment with one factor at a time?