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Technician with wafer in semiconductor FAB
Semiconductor manufacturing September 8, 2022
Understanding Acceptable Cycle Times in Semiconductor Fabs and How to Improve them

In processes where total FAB cycle time is 130 days but should be 80 days there is something wrong. The reason may be underutilization of process equipment, or other underlying challenges optimizing capacity. A modern MES platform helps reduce wait times across fabs. An MES can shorten cycle times without compromising the number of wafers started per day.

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Semiconductor manufacturing July 21, 2022
Wafer Fab Size and its Effect on Cycle Time

Why tool redundancy matters when it comes to improved cycle time, and how MES can help reduce CAPEX towards tool redundancy while maintaining the desired throughput.

Young Woman in Clean Suit Working in Semiconductor Manufacturing Environment or Cleanroom
Semiconductor manufacturing July 7, 2022
Is AaS the new frontier for the semiconductor industry? 

Understanding the role of the modern MES platform in helping Semiconductor manufacturers adapt to the AaS paradigm.

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

When a send-ahead wafer is executed through the same MES which is responsible for the overall process execution, all the delays and lack of traceability disappear.

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For any R&D lab, the priorities might differ, but the need to graduate from old, cumbersome and outdated systems is the same.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.