As semiconductor manufacturing becomes more complex, there is an increasing demand for custom solutions to special applications. Standard systems often can’t take into account the combination of multiple steps required to produce an etched silicon wafer. Instead they end up creating inefficiencies with poor quality output. Custom solutions can consider each separate requirement and can assemble a production line in which each step is optimized for peak performance. Wet bench manufacturers best situated to satisfy the need for customization are those with in house expertise and those that manufacture the bulk of their equipment themselves.
In House Expertise Leads to Optimized Custom Designs
When a company has extensive experience as a wet bench manufacturer, it can evaluate special application requirements, identify key features that will be needed and use its expertise to design the corresponding equipment. The etching and cleaning processes to be used, the concentrations of chemicals, the timing of steps and the use of automation all impact the design of individual elements and of the complete production line. Companies that have designed many such systems will immediately know what design parameters are appropriate and proceed to the details of the customization.
A company has typically acquired its in house expertise by designing many different systems and gaining experience with the features included in each one. The design experience and data gained from testing and from customer feedback allow the company to design an optimized system without going through a trial and error phase. The result is a design based on real wet process results and one that can be built and put into operation without extensive corrections and modifications.
Custom Manufacturing Requires In-House Capabilities
Once a custom design is in place, the corresponding equipment has to be built. The complete customization process is extremely efficient when design and manufacturing take place within the same company. The supplier with in-house expertise in both design and manufacturing of wet bench equipment can use manufacturing experience to produce a low cost and easily constructed design. The company can then build the equipment to perform exactly as needed.
In house manufacturing means the company has experience with materials, knows the limitations of manufacturing processes and is aware of the capabilities of tools and equipment. Based on experience with equipment that has gone into production, a company with in house design and manufacturing expertise can offer custom solutions that really work.
In House Design and Manufacturing Leads to Effective Customer Support
Wet bench manufacturers that design and build their own equipment can provide customer support and service that quickly answers questions and solves problems. Engineers and technicians that have worked on the equipment and are familiar with it won’t have to check with third party suppliers and will be able to propose effective solutions. Companies with such in-house expertise can not only prioritize excellent customer support but can also deliver concrete results.
Modutek Has In House Design and Production Expertise
Modutek’s personnel design and build all their own equipment including design and programming of automation software. The company’s in house expertise and production know-how includes design, assembly and testing of all wet bench equipment supporting both acid and solvent applications. While the company has a complete line of standard equipment and systems, it’s in house capabilities allow it to offer customized solutions for any special applications.
Modutek has technicians and engineers familiar with electrical schematics, plumbing diagrams and software documentation. Company programmers write the automation software for semi-automatic and fully automated wet bench stations. Modutek’s in house expertise allows the company to provide the best possible designs, equipment and customer support.