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Equipment Integration/Automation

We provide equipment integration services in integrating your process equipment, semi-conductor equipment, PCBA machine, QA Measuring equipment (gages, CMM, load testers, etc.) to enable shop floor data to be capture accurately in real-time. The vertical integration truly realized the vision of "boardroom to shop floor" Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) concept.

Due to different industrial needs, Equipment Integration can be divided into 3 categories:

A. Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA). Use in Automotive, chemical and mining process industries. The main objective is to integrate with equipment control systems, PLC, DCS, to collect data directly, monitor and in some cases closed-loop feedback control.

B. Semiconductor Equipment Automation (EA). Use in semiconductor FAB and Backend Assembly and Tests to integrate production equipment via SECS/GEMS protocol to certified equipment setup, recipe for correct production order execution as well as collect production/equipment/quality data.

C. Production Machine/Measuring Equipment & Instrument Integration. Use mainly in electronic components, assembly operation, house-hold appliances, precision machining/injection molding industries. Mainly to integrate with production equipment such as SMT, automatic production machines, quality measuring equipment (Laborator testers, CMM, Smart Scope, etc) for direct data collection.

Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) solution provides the main communication link between each individual process tool and device on the factory floor and the factory MES. SCADA enables direct and distribution of information across a factory automation network trough OLE/OPC via equipment controller, PLC, DCS. Simplifying the access and transfer of factory information through an automated software system improve efficiency, ensure control, and eliminates scrap due to operator error and undetected process problems or tool mal-functions. This module used widely in Process Industries such as steel mill, oil & gas, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, some usage are now getting more wide-spread in highly automated factory manufacturing plant, (TV Tube, Hard disk Assembly, etc.)

Semiconductor Equipment Automation (EA) solution provides the main communications link between each individual assembly and tests equipment on the factory floor and the factory MES. EA enables direct control, collection and distribution of information from the assembly equipments thus improve efficiency, ensure control, and eliminates scrap due to operator error and undetected process problems or tool mal-functions.

Our Equipment Automation Capability
Diagram below show the architecture of a cell controller developed to control a series of in-line back-end assembly and test equipment making SDRAM with high volume/high speed throughput of a FBAG Process. The capability of this solution enable tracking of WIP at substrate level as well as Defect Mapping to achieve improve yield and traceability; similar concept to front-end wafer mapping tracking.

Other than back-end assembly and test, we have capability and experience to implement equipment manager, CIM for equipment in FAB. Please contact our Sales to find out the specific equipment type that we had implemented in the past.

Equipment SECS/GEM Implementation
We have developed a complete set of SECS/GEM drivers which enable semi-conductor equipment makers to implement their equipment to be SECS/GEM compliance. It provides a full set of Application Program Interface (API) and ActiveX component for user to integrate into their Equipment GUI. The overview functional block diagram illustrates how the driver is being design and how it interfaces with equipment GUI.

The following type of equipments had been successfully implemented with our SECS/GEM drivers:

  • Automold
  • SBP Machine
  • Test Handler
  • Measuring Equipment/Instrument Integration
    Manufacturers of precision engineering metal component, automotive industries, mills, and many other electronic components and assembly industries make use of CMM, smart scope and other measurement gauges to measure and collect SPC data, for ensuring their production product accordance to their customer standard. iDimension customizes set of data collection module, to achieve the direct machine integration, flexible SPC data collection to part dimension, automated SPC data collection system and online production line monitoring and alarm trigger.The diagram below show the schematic view of a integrated system in the Precision Stamping factory to collect data automatically from electronic gauges, CMM, and Smart Scope. We had project experience in integrating Siemens Controller Machines in Refrigerator factory, Plastic compound chemical process factory, as well as coils making/note($) printing factory.

    Key Benefits
    Experienced in semi-conductor equipment integration enable valuable learned lessons to be passed on to our client and become integral part of our solution.

    Accumulated library of know how in process engineering, production methodology, management philosophy enable us to provide a practical and feasible IT solution aiming at solving the real issues at hand in the manufacturing operation.

    One-Stop, vertical and horizontal implementation services eliminate bottle neck and mismatch communication between systems and vendors.

    SECS/GEM Equipment Integration connects your equipment to your MES.
    E. g Die Attach, Wire Bonder, Mold, Tester, Finishing, PCBA equipment
    PCBA SMT assembly equipment.
    E.g. Chip Shooters, IC Mounter, Reflow Oven, etc..
    Integration to serial-com equipment, measuring instrument (CMM, Optical Comparator, Tensile Tester), assembly machine, etc., to capture process, product measurement data.

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