Electroglas, Wright Williams & Kelly to Develop the IC Industry's First Real-time System for Monitoring Equipment Cost and Utilization
Constant monitoring of equipment performance will lead to immediate gains in productivity and enable fabs to more accurately model future manufacturing processes
SAN JOSE, CALIF. - May 23, 2001 - Electroglas, Inc. (NASDAQ: EGLS), a leading supplier of process management tools for the semiconductor industry, announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement with Wright Williams & Kelly (WWK) to jointly develop a real-time system for monitoring equipment performance utilizing the Statware tool set Electroglas acquired in January. The resulting system will help fabs effectively manage and model manufacturing processes by identifying cost drivers and the cost impact of capital equipment purchases, alternative processes, and overall equipment efficiency (OEE) improvements. WWK is the developer of the semiconductor industry‚s standard for cost of ownership (COO) and OEE software, TWO COOL®. Development plans call for the integration of WWK's TWO COOL® product with Electroglas' SORTnet® products for probers and the Statware Web-based tool for process optimization analysis and reporting.
"We are very excited about this partnership with Electroglas," said David W. Jimenez, WWK's president. "COO and OEE have had significant impacts on the semiconductor and other high tech industries for the past decade. However, the focus has been on early analysis and not constant monitoring of performance. This new approach will provide real-time feedback of cost and utilization parameters just like any other statistical process control area of interest. The long term benefit to the industry in cost reduction and productivity optimization will be huge."
According to Electroglass director of strategic software marketing, Howard Ignatius, "The Electroglas vision of a data-centric approach to process management is characterized by this breakthrough improvement in equipment performance monitoring. Through the integration of WWK's COO and OEE capabilities and our toolset - wafer probers, optical wafer inspection products, networking software and yield management solutions - we can offer access to and analysis of the information generated at each process step to allow IC manufacturers to pinpoint what is possible in terms of cost containment, efficiency and yield."
Tom Simas, Electroglas' strategic business manager for the Statware products, added, "A state-of-the-art fab has a denser capital per square foot than any industry. The ability to effectively identify cost drivers and manage cost reductions in real-time, will separate the "haves" from the "have-nots." WWK's comprehensive set of COO and OEE analysis tools, together with Electroglas' Web-based business intelligence tools provide unparalleled functionality and benefit to the IC manufacturer. We are extremely pleased with our exclusive arrangement with WWK. Together, we believe our impact on the industry will be tremendous."
About the Technology
SORTnet® is a Web-based data acquisition, analysis, reporting, and process control system for the sort floor. SORTnet® automates process control, yield enhancement and equipment utilization to maximize the return from existing equipment and resources.
Statware products combine statistical quality analysis and reporting capabilities with Web technology to deliver a process optimization system that enables enterprise-wide participation in monitoring, analysis, and improvement of critical processes.
About Electroglas, Inc.
SORTnet is a registered trademark of Electroglas, Inc. TWO COOL is a registered trademark of Wright Williams & Kelly. Other trademarks are property of their respective holders.