Green field as an opportunity for Bosch’s data driven AIoT wafer fab
In 2018 Bosch started building a new fully automated semiconductor factory. The digital transformation of a factory is a very difficult business venture, hence Bosch decided to start its new factory transformed already. On the one hand, this means fully automated from the first lot start, on the other hand, a new approach in the IT architecture and in manufacturing IT needed to be established. The degree of automation, the complexity of production and the resulting amount of data require rethinking of the IT system design, resulting in a transformation from the application-centric approach to a data-centric architecture. The challenge of starting the factory automatically also requires rethinking project planning and execution. At the beginning of 2021 we manufactured the first products. We are currently realizing several AIoT use cases and planning the next level of automation – the automation of Fab internal business processes.