Effective Implementation of Cycle Time Reduction Strategies for Semiconductor Back-End Manufacturing
Steven Brown, Joerg Domaschke, Franz Leibl
Jennifer Robinson, Ph. D., FabTime Inc.
Using discrete-event simulation models, a study was conducted to evaluate the current production practices of a high-volume semiconductor back-end operation. The overall goal was to find potential areas for productivity improvement that would collectively yield a 60% reduction in manufacturing cycle time. This paper presents the simulation methodology and findings pertaining to analysis of the Assembly, Burn-In, and Test operations. Many of the recommendations identified can be implemented at no additional cost to the factory. The most significant opportunities for improvement are in the Test area, the system constraint. Additionally, the model is extremely sensitive to changes in operator staffing levels, an accurate reflection of many back-end operations. The model shows that the cumulative impact of these recommendations is a 41% reduction in average cycle time, a significant contribution to the overall goal.
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