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A collaborator with Bosch on Industry 4.0 work is Fabmatics, a specialist in material-handling automation for semiconductor plants. Their presentation looked at automating an existing 200mm fab. 200mm fabs are experiencing a renaissance, according to SEMI, with demand continuing to grow, particularly for MEMS, Power, and Analog. Normally, advances in manufacturing automation are undertaken in new facilities. Fabmatics is working to automate a working Bosch fab. They emphasise that it is being carried out in a series of careful steps, which started with automating a single work stage by adding a robot material-handler and control station. When this was working well, it was combined with the next stage, using the same robot to transfer cassettes of wafers between the stations and linking the two station controllers. Subsequent work has created clusters of lithography and imp...

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