The customer makes a furnace for silicon foundries. Foundries have multiple furnaces comprising of industrial robots. All furnaces work on SECS-GEM protocol. The customer wanted to develop a Foundry control solution through which the Foundry supervisor can control and operate the furnaces and industrial robots. The supervisor shall also be able to prepare custom recipes and deploy those to individual furnaces and robots. The solution software can manage up to 48 tools in a foundry. It can download recipes to the furnaces or robots. The solution monitors the tools at regular intervals & collects various data regarding the temperature, gas values & cassette loading. The software generates graphical MIS reports for the data, alerts, events & trending.
AIM OF THE PROJECT
The solution was designed to monitor the tools at regular intervals & collects various data regarding the temperature, gas values & cassette loading. The software generates graphical MIS reports for the data, alerts, events & trending.
Real-time status monitoring and trigger events based on pre-defined conditions was the challenge in the project. Support small touch screen interface to big LCD screen resolution was challenging in designing UI framework. Server-Client communication and synchronization between software solution and embedded controller(SEC-GEM based controller) was challenging in System design and validating End to End flow.
We developed Network application based on SECS-GEM protocol and data stored in an MSSQL database in encoded data. Applications also integrated with foundry tools through serial communication. Solutions also integrated UI to display monitoring data in touch screen-based interface.
Solutions were designed for a technician and controller to get the latest status and also notification of critical conditions during operations. Touch screen based interface provide facility to select tool and get detail status about recipe execution.
- Remotely manages up to 48 robots
- Central Management over LAN
- Provides easy to operate GUI
- Recipe import from & export to Excel spreadsheet
- Creation of the easy to use GUI
- Design & development of the software
- Implementation of SECS-GEM protocol
- Functional & system validation
- Onsite deployment & maintenance