Industries Can Add Wafer Handling Capabilities to Your
Existing Wafer Process Equipment
21, 2011 - Anaheim, CA - CHAD Industries announced
today the ability to easily add automated wafer handling
capabilities to your existing wafer processing equipment
using the WaferMate™ series of wafer handlers.
As a recent example, Nanium
S.A. in Portugal purchased CHAD’s
WaferMate™ 300-1 workcells to automate two of their existing
inline wafer process tools (a wafer cleaner, and a wafer reflow
oven). Both pieces of process equipment used a mesh belt to convey
the wafers through the process tool. The application requirements
included multiple wafer sizes and wafer thicknesses, FOUP wafer
presentation, and CE marking.
In order to meet these requirements, CHAD integrated a pair
of WaferMate™ loader and unloader wafer handling workcells
into each process tool. The CHAD WaferMate™ workcells have
flexible tooling and software so that they can handle a range
of wafer sizes and thickness’s without any tooling change-over.
The WaferMate™ loader and unloader workcells also communicate
directly with each other using software that was developed especially
for inline process equipment to keep track all wafers in process.
The software allows the CHAD workcells to monitor all wafer traffic,
and to “look ahead” to avoid potential wafer crashes
when wafer flow is restricted. A built in wafer buffer in the
unloader workcell provides capability to unload the processed
wafer FOUP without interrupting the process tool. CHAD’s
unique wafer conveyor design permits compatibility with any inline
processing equipment, and features a ramped speed function to
match the belt speed of the process tool. This ensures smooth
and reliable transition of the wafer to and from the WaferMate™ handler.
“Nanium’s application is an excellent example of
how CHAD’s standard equipment can be quickly and easily
configured to meet our customer’s custom application requirements.” says
Scott Klimczak, President of CHAD Industries. “We were
able to respond immediately to Nanium’s request to meet
their short lead-time, and could offer a full suite of options
that provided Nanium with a value added solution.”
“Since the beginning of the project, CHAD demonstrated
a sense of responsibility and knowledge that showed us that CHAD
was the right partner. Integration of the CHAD wafer loader/unloader
in our equipment went quite smooth and issues that popped up
were solved in a very competent way. The end result was quite
satisfying, definitely CHAD is a valuable partner.” says
Jorge Teixeira, staff engineer at Nanium S.A.
For more information on CHAD’s WaferMate™ workcells,
please contact Richard Munro (Richard.firstname.lastname@example.org)
at CHAD Industries (714-938-0080 Ex.224).
About CHAD Industries:
CHAD Industries designs, manufactures and markets odd-form electronics
assembly equipment, automated solar cell manufacturing systems,
and semiconductor wafer handling solutions. CHAD is privately
owned and has been in the automation business for more than