Dial in gas distribution for improved process outcomes
Much of what happens in microelectronic and solar manufacturing facilities is a matter of accomplishing three goals. The first is safety of people, place, process and environment in and around the facility. Without operating with this factor at the center, there’s little reason to pursue the remaining two goals.
The second goal is HVM at a high level of quality in the face of evolving specifications. This is where factors such as purity, consistency and operator vigilance come into play. The third goal? Efficiency that propels margins, recognizing each facility is accountable to the overall enterprise for reliable delivery of financial metrics.
Kinetics, a turnkey facilities company that supplies components and subsystems, never loses sight of the aims of an installation. That applies directly to gas distribution systems that include panels and cabinets. No matter the volume level or automation requirements, three outcomes are built around the goals of safety, quality and efficiency. These apply when manufacturing engineering teams are evaluating their gas distribution vendor partner options globally.
Outcome Number One: DEPENDABLE FLOW
Kinetics’ outlook translates across the breadth of a product line currently installed in the facilities of leading producers. Starting with the low-cost GP 100 nonhazardous panel, fittings, valves, gauges and controls are built around commercial-scale volumes. Along with industry-leading availability, the engineering of panels and cabinets is more heavy-duty than many options on the market. The outcome is unencumbered flow that protects purity while maintaining vigilance across all safety factors.
Outcome Number Two: OPERATIONAL CLARITY
Gases, by their nonvisible nature, make measurement, monitoring and management a matter of precise calibration over time, production runs and operators. Regardless of individual and team training, Kinetics takes the variability attached to human intervention into account. Automation is one factor, as are common sense data displays that connect directly to the panel’s or cabinet’s status. “Obvious” is the desired outcome across manual, semiautomated and fully automated platforms. Hazard materials are the most compelling reason for this operational clarity.
Outcome Number Three: SUSTAINABLE PERFORMANCE
While fully configurable gas distribution systems are available, standardized high volume models are offered for 200mm and 300mm wafer fabrication in addition to thin-film and silicon-based photovoltaic manufacturing. These represent even more scenarios where consistent, reliable delivery of all gas categories must keep pace with output goals over time. From a materiality perspective, as well as how they interface with the production line, each system’s MTBF, MTBA and MTTR demonstrate documented sustainability—another expression of Kinetics’ approach to gas distribution systems.
While they might appear to be “givens,” these three outcomes are variables across product offerings currently on the market: dependable flow, operational clarity and sustainable performance. What’s most critical is finding a company committed to delivering them, all flowing toward the goals of Safety, Quality and Efficiency. To learn more about how Kinetics delivers these outcomes, simply click HERE.