Fab fitness for successful robotics implementation
Even though your wafer fab has already a high degree of automation and the equipment automation for ‚place and go’ is implemented, there are many traps you can fall in, when you plan to implement mobile robotics for lot transport and tool loading. The presentation is not about technical aspects like WIP control requirements, host communication, equipment automation and other.
It is about the hurdles in the transition from a manual operated wafer fab to a mobile robotics wafer fab. It is about the pre-work to make the transition to robotics a success in a very short time.
It is about the people in the wafer fab. What operators beside ‚place and go’ have to do to run a lot. What operators think about robotics. How robotics can help the operators to do their job better. For sure there is ‚waste‘ in the daily business on an operator. ‚X-raying‘ the ‚waste‘ is esential for the frictionless operation with mobile robots.
If the ‚hidden operation‘ is not X-rayed in detail upfront robotics is implemented, the payoff of the mobile robotics project will be delayed.