30 Nov '16, 4pm

Silicon Wafer Transfer Machine Is Beautifully Expensive

Silicon Wafer Transfer Machine Is Beautifully Expensive

Looks like a fairly mundane industrial robot to me, I would not go so far as to say that the engineers didn’t have any budget–just that they were asked to build a robot that is absolutely going to work for the lowest total cost of parts+engineering hours. Things like having an alumina tray to hold the wafers may be expensive, but required for the machine to work reliably. Things like using a commercially packaged right angle breakbeam sensors where a simple LED and photodiode would have worked saves a lot of engineering time, since instead of wasting their time designing a reliable breakbeam sensor (designing the electronic circuity to be able to reject stray light, setting the thresholds, designing the mounting arrangement, etc as is required for an absolutely reliable sensor) they can buy one for a few hundred bucks and focus on engineering the parts of the system that c...

Full article: http://hackaday.com/2016/11/30/silicon-wafer-transfer-mac...

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