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CHAD Industries Showcases New WaferMate™ Wafer Handling Workcell at Semicon West 2005

WaferMate™ workcells are designed to seamlessly integrate with
Fab and Assembly equipment.

July '05, Anaheim, CA - Chad Industries, Inc., a leading supplier of factory automation solutions for the semiconductor, electronics, and life sciences industries will be showcasing the latest generation of their wafer handling workcells at the Semicon West tradeshow which opens next week in San Francisco, CA. The WaferMate series of workcells combine proven, reliable hardware with fully integrated software, resulting in the most robust solution for today’s wafer loading applications.

The WaferMate marks an evolution of traditional wafer handling workcell design, offering a high degree of performance and flexability at an exceptional value. Building on the success of the WLMTM series, this latest workcell is significantly cost-reduced, permitting automated wafer handling at a much lower cost of entry. Despite this low cost, all of the established functions that customers have come to expect have been retained. The workcell features a PC-based (or optional Adept Technology) control system that enables custom programming to address even the most demanding wafer handling applications.

The WaferMate200 is designed to accommodate wafers ranging in size from 100mm to 200mm in diameter, and can be configured with a broad range of options to meet specific handling requirements. These options include special end effectors to address thin, double sided, and glass wafer handling as well as OCR and barcode readers for wafer identification and traceability. The WaferMate200’s surprisingly compact size and minimized footprint enable it to support up to two process tools, and up to six 25 wafer cassettes. The WaferMate300 is designed to accommodate 300mm and 200mm wafers via SEMI standard automated loadports. Both systems are designed to be SEMI S2, S8, and CE compliant and are available with integrated ISO Class 2 clean air systems.

“We are extremely pleased with the WaferMate workcells, and excited about the opportunities that the WaferMate will offer to expand our market in the automated wafer handling industry” says Scott Klimczak, president of Chad Industries. “We have combined our many years of experience and creativity to come up with a unique product offering that combines reliable performance at an exceptional value. We have listened to what the market has been asking for, and believe that we have delivered that with the WaferMate series workcells.”

The WaferMate200 will be displayed in the Chad Industries booth #8207 during the Semicon West 2005 show.

Chad Industries designs, manufactures and markets wafer handling solutions for the semiconductor industry, mechanical and odd-form component assembly solutions for the electronics industry, liquid handling solutions for the life sciences industry, and other automated handling, assembly and test solutions. CHAD began operations in 1973 and established leadership in the electronics assembly for odd-form component to printed circuit assembly (CHAD IQ™ Product Line). After being acquired by Adept, CHAD expanded their solutions expertise to include semiconductor, fiber optics, and life sciences solutions. More information is available at http://www.chadindustries.net.

For more information on this or any of CHAD's assembly solutions, please contact us at 1565 S. Sinclair Street, Anaheim, CA 92806, USA Tel (714) 938-0080 or Fax (714) 938-0630.

 

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