- Cleaning process repeatability is often critical to uniform product quality and can enable higher volume production throughput. The consistent purity of materials used to fabricate components of electronic devices can have a critical impact on their performance. For example, producing semiconductor-grade silicon used for electronic chips involves upstream cleaning of polysilicon chunks to a purity of has high as 11N, which translates to 99.999999999%. For photovoltaic applications such as solar cells, the silicon purity levels are not quite as high (5N) but critical to producing efficient photoeffect. These and many other types of products used by the MEMs, biotech, LED panel and other micro- and nano-technologies that depend on [...]
- Technology companies experience benefits from using wet processing equipment designed to handle a variety of application parameters. As the market for nanotechnology (nano) and MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) solutions continues to ramp up, the rate of organizations seeking to get involved with this sector is also burgeoning. Yet there are still significant challenges that are, in many cases, posing difficulties in entering this market. For example, many developers who would like to enter the MEMS or nano field lack the resources, including development time and equipment, to do so. Also, specialized packaging in these areas, which requires simultaneous contact with its own environment while being isolated from other [...]
- Subtle modifications to standard wet processing equipment can make it more flexible, efficient and productive. Microfabrication operations such as metal lift-off, stripping, etching, plating/coating, cleaning, and de-bonding are typically wet processing procedures. Yet, selecting the equipment to perform those procedures most efficiently and cost-effectively is often not a simple matter. In most cases, the users of wet processing equipment – whether for semiconductor, MEMS, biotech or other applications - can benefit substantially from having industry design experts review and evaluate the entire process and then recommend specific equipment solutions. Even among research and educational applications where off-the-shelf, manual [...]
- Optimizing R&D labs usually involves vendor collaboration and planning to provide required versatility As research has become more complex, sophisticated cleanrooms have become a virtual necessity for a wide range of cutting edge physical science, material science, and biomedical disciplines. Due to the financial investment required for such facilities, both university and private R&D laboratories are designed and built to accommodate the needs of a wide range of researchers. This presents a challenge: few administrators have the experience to select and set up lab equipment with the versatility required to serve such a diverse group of users over decades of continually changing research. Now a growing number of lab [...]
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