Microelectronics / Advanced Technology

TARGETING PURE PERFORMANCE

Semiconductor and other advanced technologies are the ultimate expression of harnessed obsession. With tolerances so fine, depositions so precise and varied, as well as performance standards so tight, margins are miniscule.

That applies to the chemicals, slurries, gases and water intrinsic to the process. As in their purity, steady-state flow rates and availability. Reliable delivery through high purity process piping is a necessary element in both R&D and production environments.

Since 1973, Kinetics has been an industry leader in designing, fabricating, installing and certifying high-purity systems for chemicals, slurries, gases and ultrapure water required for semiconductor and other advanced technology applications — all against elevated standards.

Kinetics has installed critical process systems in more than 150 factories, for 50 of the world’s largest semiconductor manufacturers. Kinetics focuses its extensive experience on the turnkey design and installation of critical process systems while serving as the single point of responsibility.

It all begins in close collaboration with clients to understand their technical, schedule and budget requirements to develop optimized factory designs and process solutions. In the fab, Kinetics’ tool hook-up teams enable the installation and ramp of critical production tools within strict scheduling windows.

Proven project management and quality assurance processes enable Kinetics to meet tough customer requirements either as part of new factory construction, or the expansion of existing facilities. This includes high-purity process piping. Then, during operation, Kinetics’ TCM and TCGM (total chemical & gas management) on-site teams operate critical chemical and gas systems to high standards of safety, efficiency and reliability.

Kinetics provides process systems for a range of demanding applications:


THE LATEST

What’s stopping you from operating the most productive facilities?  Find out more in “Barriers to Excellence: Part 2.”

BARRIERS TO EXCELLENCE: Top clarity questions > Part 2 of 2

In Part 1, Kinetics posed the first five of 10 questions that facility managers and process engineers should consider. The goal: Achieve higher performance at every step and stage, both in microelectronics and advanced technology.

Click HERE to read Part 1

As previously stated, it is difficult to design, fabricate, install and certify the high-purity systems for chemicals, slurries, gases, and ultrapure water required for semiconductor and other advanced technology applications. Collaborating effectively with others to achieve these goals is an additional challenge.

Answering these five additional clarity questions help pave the way to clearer discussion and decisions with an elevated level of documentation. Used consistently and patiently, they can result in greater unity among talented experts across all disciplines.

The TOP TEN QUESTIONS to employ in implementing a system: Part 2 of 2

  1. HOW HAVE WE EXCELLED IN THE PAST (AND PRESENT)? This question prompts discussion around the core strengths of the team, process, and existing systems. Examples can include process control and quality assurance of incoming materials.
  2. WHERE ARE LIKELY BOTTLENECKS? With metrics in mind (question #2 from Part 1), which steps or stages have the tightest tolerances or are anticipated to operate close to their limits even at the onset?
  3. WHEN SHOULD SYSTEM PEFORMANCE BE REVIEWED? Apart from regular monitoring, how often – and by whom – should audits be scheduled to offer a more objective view of the remaining barriers to overcome?
  4. CAN COMPARATIVE DATA BE EMPLOYED? What performance data and problem-solving methods can be garnered from industry sources, contractors and suppliers who use similar processes?
  5. IS THIS A CASE OF “NOT KNOWING WHAT WE DON’T KNOW?” What lessons can be learned from other industries and processes to avoid become too circular in the team’s thinking?

If helpful, review the five questions Part 1 in tandem with considering these additional five. Also, know that Kinetics stands ready to discuss an upcoming project as part of a success-focused team; with questions at the center of a productive relationship from the start.