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Framework-Based Manufacturing Control

The Paradigm Shift
: Kaufmann, T.; Suntrup, M.; Seidelmann, J.

Bright, G. ; University of Natal, Durban, Mechatronics and Robotics Research Group; International Society for Productivity Enhancement -ISPE-:
CAD/CAM, Robotics & Factories of the Future. Vol. 1 : Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on CAD/CAM, Robotics & Factories of the Future CARS & FOF 2001, 10th-12th July 2001, Durban, South Africa
Durban, South Africa, 2001
International Conference on CAD/CAM, Robotics & Factories of the Future (CARS&FOF) <17, 2001, Durban, South Africa>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IPA ()
computer aided manufacturing; computer integrated manufacturing; flexible manufacturing system; cellular Manufacturing; manufacturing IT; semiconductor industry; manufacturing execution software; equipment integration; framework-based software; distributed system

According to SEMATECH the industry has the goal to reduce the cost per chip function from 25% to 30% each year. This is necessary to retain competitiveness within this highly aggressive market. Reducing feature sizes, increasing wafer sizes, maximization of yield and improving equipment productivity all contribute to this goal. Shorter time-to-market, higher scheduling stability, higher number of products and product developments, and of course minimized costs together with top quality are essential. A successful semiconductor manufacturer has to accommodate to a lot of these complex, sometimes opposed and contradictory requirements to fulfill the customer demands as well as to ensure the own profitability. Thus optimization of the manufacturing process with enabling a highly flexible manufacturing strategy will play a major role.
Upcoming challenges as manufacturing 300 mm wafers and its impact on a higher degree of automation and flexible manufacturing strategies put new demands on manufacturing execution systems (MES) and the whole IT-infrastructure.
IT frameworks are playing an important role in enabling the paradigm shift to MES systems that enable agile manufacturing including the creation of a mutually successful virtual organisation in which suppliers and end-useres continuously deliver manufacturing information and control solutions. The IT framework's focus on a multi-supplier application interoperable architecture which is an important step to leverage agility concepts to quickly deliver solutions that enrich the MES customer.