IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering

Volume 4 Issue 4 • Oct. 2007

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  • Table of contents

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s): C1
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  • IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering publication information

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  • Editorial e-Manufacturing in the Semiconductor Industry

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):485 - 487
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    The 11 papers in this special issue focus on e-manufacturing in the semiconductor industry. View full abstract»

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  • A Biochip Microarray Fabrication System Using Inkjet Technology

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):488 - 500
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    An automated biological fluid dispensing system for microarray fabrication using inkjet technology is presented in this paper. The hardware of the system consists of a high-precision motion system, a robotic material handling system, computer control systems, and extensive vision systems. The system software includes algorithms to handle control, communication, and manufacturing process informatio... View full abstract»

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  • Economic Efficiency Analysis of Wafer Fabrication

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):501 - 512
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    Economic efficiency analysis of semiconductor fabrication facilities (fabs) involves tradeoffs among cost, yield, and cycle time. Due to the disparate units involved, direct evaluation and comparison is difficult. This article employs data envelopment analysis (DEA) to determine relative efficiencies among fabs over time on the basis of empirical data, whereby cycle time performance is transformed... View full abstract»

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  • Queueing Theory for Semiconductor Manufacturing Systems: A Survey and Open Problems

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):513 - 522
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    This paper surveys applications of queueing theory for semiconductor manufacturing systems (SMSs). Due to sophisticated tool specifications and process flows in semiconductor manufacturing, queueing models can be very complicated. Research efforts have been on the improvement of model assumptions and model input, mainly in the first moment (averages) and the second moment (variations). However, pr... View full abstract»

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  • Practical Extensions to Cycle Time Approximations for the G/G/m-Queue With Applications

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):523 - 532
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    Approximate closed form expressions for the mean cycle time in a G/G/m-queue often serve as practical and intuitive alternatives to more exact but less tractable analyses. However, the G/G/m-queue model may not fully address issues that arise in practical manufacturing systems. Such issues include tools with production parallelism, tools that are idle with work in process, travel to the queue, and... View full abstract»

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  • Expected Response Times for Closed-Loop Multivehicle AMHS

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):533 - 542
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    We present an analytical approach for estimating the expected time for an automated material handling system (AMHS) to respond to move requests at loading stations in a vehicle-based, unidirectional, closed-loop AMHS. The expected response times are important for estimating the expected work-in-process (WIP) levels at the loading stations for design purposes, and for evaluating the performance of ... View full abstract»

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  • Hierarchical Capacity Planning With Reconfigurable Kits in Global Semiconductor Assembly and Test Manufacturing

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):543 - 552
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    Kits (such as accessories, fixtures, jigs, etc.) are widely used in production for many industries. They are normally product- and machine-specific, so a large kit inventory must be maintained when the product-mix variation is high. Fortunately, many kits are reconfigurable. That means they can be dissembled into components and then these components themselves (or together with some other componen... View full abstract»

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  • Efficient Simulation-Based Composition of Scheduling Policies by Integrating Ordinal Optimization With Design of Experiment

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):553 - 568
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    Semiconductor wafer fab operations are characterized by complex and reentrant production processes over many heterogeneous machine groups with stringent performance requirements. Efficient composition of good scheduling policies from combinatorial options of wafer release and machine dispatching rules has posed a significant challenge to competitive fab operations. In this paper, we design a fast ... View full abstract»

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  • Bottleneck Station Scheduling in Semiconductor Assembly and Test Manufacturing Using Ant Colony Optimization

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):569 - 578
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    In semiconductor assembly and test manufacturing (ATM), a station normally consists of multiple machines (maybe of different types) for a certain operation step. It is critical to optimize the utilization of ATM stations for productivity improvement. In this paper, we first formulate the bottleneck station scheduling problem, and then apply ant colony optimization (ACO) to solve it metaheuristical... View full abstract»

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  • A Lot Dispatching Strategy Integrating WIP Management and Wafer Start Control

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):579 - 583
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    Compound priority dispatching (CPD) is a new dispatching strategy for semiconductor wafer fabrication. It takes into account both work-in-progress (WIP) management and wafer start control. The compound priority of wafers is calculated based upon fab wafer start status, the current processing step, and the amount of WIP in the current, the upstream, and the downstream steps. Simulation results demo... View full abstract»

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  • A Petri-Net Approach to Modular Supervision With Conflict Resolution for Semiconductor Manufacturing Systems

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):584 - 588
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    In a semiconductor manufacturing system, particular human operations may violate desired requirements and lead to destructive failure. For such human-in-the-loop systems, this paper proposes a supervisory framework which guarantees that manual operations meet required specifications so as to prevent human errors in operation using Petri nets. Moreover, a modular technique with an intersection mech... View full abstract»

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  • Reticle Design for Minimizing Multiproject Wafer Production Cost

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):589 - 595
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    Multiproject wafer (MPW) production cost is sensitive to how the chips are arranged in a reticle. In this paper, we propose a methodology for exploring the reticle floorplan design space to minimize MPW production cost. Experimental results show that our methodology often achieves double-digit cost savings. A study using MPW for volume production shows that the volume cutoff points range from a fe... View full abstract»

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  • T-ASE Reviewers for 2006/2007

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):596 - 603
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  • Special issue on Visual SLAM

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s): 604
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  • Special issue on scientific workflow management and applications

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s): 605
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  • 2008 IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s): 606
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  • 2007 Index IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering Vol. 4

    Publication Year: 2007, Page(s):607 - 615
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