Applied Materials: advanced equipment and process control solution
“Customers understand that equipment automation is a huge opportunity to exploit the unused potential of their existing assets and to reduce costs,” said Manfred Kerschbaum, senior vice president and general manager of Applied Global Services. “The E3 system revolutionizes equipment automation and control technology, which has historically been complex and expensive to implement and maintain. With its graphical development environment and pre-configured modules, the Applied E3 system is quick to deploy and easy to update and extend, offering a fast and cost-effective route to raise factory output. The Applied E3 system has been enthusiastically received by multiple major manufacturers and is currently being used in volume production.”
sing an advanced, scalable software architecture, the Applied E3 solution provides a powerful combination of modules. Equipment automation, data collection and logic handling simplify the construction, deployment, and maintenance of automated process control (APC) applications. Fault detection and classification (FDC) collects and analyzes equipment parameters to provide rapid feedback on process performance issues and avoid unexpected failures that decrease productivity. Run-to-run control (R2R) uses patented feedback algorithms to reduce process variability by adjusting processing parameters in real time, enabling more consistent output, higher yield and greater productivity. Equipment performance tracking (EPT) monitors every processing tool in the factory and provides visual and statistical reporting tools to identify bottlenecks and improve factory performance.
The Applied E3 system is part of a broad portfolio of manufacturing automation solutions and services designed to help companies improve their factories’ productivity and reduce costs by managing, controlling and automating all aspects of their factory and tool operations. As a leading supplier of capital equipment and processing technology, Applied has effectively utilized its unique experience in equipment design, process control and automation to improve predictability, reduce waste and maximize overall equipment effectiveness.
Applied Materials, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMAT - News) is the global leader in Nanomanufacturing Technology™ solutions with a broad portfolio of innovative equipment, service and software products for the fabrication of semiconductor chips, flat panel displays, solar photovoltaic cells, flexible electronics and energy efficient glass. At Applied Materials, we apply Nanomanufacturing Technology to improve the way people live. Learn more at www.appliedmaterials.com.
Linda Heller, 408-986-7977
Source: Applied Materials, Inc.