The full spectrum of Kinetics’ systems ranges from batch immersion to spray or single wafer applications, including wet benches. All can be configured from manual up to full, multi-tasking automation.
A belief in the power of balance is central to Kinetics’ innovative components and systems. Process efficiency is built around quality assurance so that volume contributes to overall performance. In the same way, the reliability of automation is complemented by the adaptability of manual wet bench systems.
Likewise, the cost of a Kinetics’ system is offset by easier integration into the entire production flow. Reduced maintenance requirements help counter any second thoughts about the purchase price of these products, proven to deliver in both lab settings and high-volume manufacturing environments.
In addition, Kinetics’ offers tailored configurations for a practical approach to personalized wet bench systems without the investment or delays associated with customized components or sub-systems.
Regardless of targeted process outcomes, Kinetics offers a surface prep tool and wet bench legacy of demonstrated, balanced advantages over time and geography. A growing product portfolio of batch immersion, spray and single wafer applications ranges from the common to the unusual; some requiring adept materials handling, while others operate over wider conditions with fewer performance consequences.
- FEOL, BEOL or advanced packaging modules
- Cleaning, resist strip, etch, develop, metal lift off, reclaim & IPA dry
- Support acid, base and solvent applications
- Single or multi-cassette bath sizes
- 100mm to 450mm silicon wafers, III-V materials, photomasks, glass & large panels
- Custom substrates
Volume is a given
High-volume manufacturing is when production goals rule and where Aeris excels. Customized exactly where it matters most, a full complement of wet bench process stations holds the line by adhering to current SEMI Standards. Aeris is available as manual, semi-automated and fully automated wet bench stations and fume hoods in a variety of high-spec materials that include FM-approved PVC-C as well as stainless steel.
When a manual tool is needed, look to Celera wet benches and fume hoods. The product line showcases Kinetics’ understanding of semiconductor production at every stage and step. Economical and production proven, Celera baths, rinsers, cleaners and other modules drop into demanding environments, along with a variety of fume hoods designed to suit specific applications and constrained budgets.
Make three decisions, see the results
Kinetics has become a fixture in wafer fab facilities around the world. From R&D-scale benches to HVM settings, the ability to efficiently clean, prep, and process substrates and packages continues to be documented by discerning manufacturers. With this depth and breadth of experience, Kinetics has observed three key decision points that dramatically affect production outcomes.
Whether upgrading a facility or engineering with a blank slate on a greenfield site, there’s no reason to finalize process, system and workstation specifications without considering the consequences—those well beyond lead time, budget and operational implications.
DECISION POINT #1: WHAT IS THE DESIRED MIX BETWEEN VOLUME AND DOCUMENTED QUALITY?
The “have it both ways” argument only serves to deflect from the mission-critical nature of this decision point. Clearly, some fab requirements are dictated by the size and nature of the substrates; others by the fragility of materials, or the tenuous stability (or variability) of the chemistries required.
Kinetics has counseled manufacturers that had manual, low-volume surface prep tool and bench budgets—but high-volume expectations—on how to strike a workable balance. That’s simply because some workstations aren’t designed to be upgraded, automated or take on more volatile or dangerous compounds while maintaining the integrity of human, environmental and facility safety standards.
DECISION POINT #2: HOW IS THE PROCESS—OR PRODUCT—PROJECTED TO CHANGE OVER TIME?
Kinetics centers the engineering and fabrication of surface prep tools and benches on uptime availability. Any movement of materials, device mechanics including flow and ventilation controls, along with operator intervention, is part of the calculus of system selection. That’s because some products are intrinsically less agile than others.
Far from requiring a crystal ball to make selection decisions, Kinetics’ view is that some elasticity is a positive factor in a tool or bench. But the expectation of more than slight variances in materials, process and output is normally unrealistic. With manageable breakeven points and production reliability, the useful life cycle of a system doesn’t need to be protracted to make it realistic to change it out for a new tool or bench in a period of years (rather than decades).
DECISION POINT #3: WHAT LEVEL OF OPERATOR COMPETENCY AND CONSISTENCY IS INTRINSIC TO THE REQUIRED OUTCOMES?
From Kinetics’ extended experience, this is a topic that needs to be addressed head-on. The cost of skilled labor—much less training, along with initial hiring expenses—is not inconsequential. Having tools and benches attached to shift-to-shift performance analytics is one characteristic that’s common among leading manufacturers.
The same consideration is attached to the acumen and availability of maintenance personnel. In settings where the labor pool supports less supervision, the tools and benches selected can reflect it. By extension, unproven or less stable production teams may warrant a greater investment in automation.
Kinetics is best suited to manufacturers that want to build a sense of flow into their production, where the obstacles to predictable output are eliminated. Much of the ability to accomplish this comes from an accurate assessment of what is not only possible, but what is most probable. To learn more about these decision points, and meet the Kinetics team, click HERE.