By Chris Jones, Edwards Vacuum In the last post to this blog, we introduced the theme of sustainable manufacturing, which will be our ongoing focus. We described the evolving framework for limiting carbon emissions and reviewed the vocabulary we will use going forward. This post will briefly overview the materials released off-site during semiconductor manufacturing – what they are, where they come from, and where they go.
Regular followers of this blog will notice a shift in focus with this post. For the last year or so we have covered issues related to service and support for vacuum and abatement systems that enable semiconductor processes. With this post we will shift our focus to the more general topic of sustainability in semiconductor manufacturing.
By Alan Ifould This is the 10th post to this blog in a year where change has been an overriding theme.
By Alan Ifould In our last post to this blog, we described Edwards’ service maturity model*, which establishes a framework for understanding the service and support approaches most appropriate for customers based on their position within an evolutionary hierarchy that goes from run-to-fail to preventative, predictive, and, ultimately, prescriptive maintenance models.
By Alan Ifould At a time of renewed focus on digital transformation, business leaders are seeing just how importantoperational resilience is when meeting performance objectives. Fast and flexible operations from the clean room to the subfab are propelling customers ambitious growth targets, but how are customers navigating this landscape of change and where remains the unlocked potential?
By Alan Ifould This post looks at how we train and motivate people to strive for excellence in their own environment and in collaboration with others, drawing heavily on insights from Richard Swayne, Head of Training and Development at Edwards.
By Alan Ifould Data collection and analysis, more specifically, turning data into useful information and actionable insight, is the necessary foundation for any progress toward the benefits promised by Smart Manufacturing and Industrie 4.0.
By Alan Ifould, Edwards Vacuum Edwards is uniquely positioned to understand the differences between the cleanroom and sub-fab.
By Alan Ifould, Edwards Vacuum Obvious benefits accrue to the environment and society from the adoption of a circular economic model that reduces waste and conserves energy, but that model will not be embraced by businesses until stakeholders become aware of the tangible benefits the approach can deliver.
By Alan Ifould, Edwards Vacuum In a recent webcast at SESHA 2020, the high-tech industry’s international environmental, health, and safety association, Alan Ifould, with input from Richard Meredith, Edwards’ senior manager for safety, health, and environment, explored several scenarios for driving continual improvement in sub-fab safety.