Real-Time Control of Multiproduct Bulk-Service Semiconductor Manufacturing Processes

John W. Fowler, Don T. Phillips, Gary L. Hogg

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This paper demonstrates how knowledge of future arrivals can be used to improve control of multiproduct bulk-service semiconductor manufacturing processes. The objective of the research reported herein is to reduce the average time that lots spend waiting to be processed. A review of the current literature reveals that several researchers have dealt with the control of bulk-service queueing systems; however, only one paper has addressed the use of knowledge of future arrivals and it only considered the single product case. This research reexamines the single-product-single-tube case and then explores the multiple-products single tube case. For both cases, a control strategy is devised and evaluated through the use of systems simulation. The steady-state performance of each control strategy is then compared to the steady-state performance of the theoretically optimal control strategy not considering the timing of any future arrivals (i.e., a Minimum Batch Size strategy). The experimental results indicate that the control strategies developed in this paper perform well under a wide variety of conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)158-163
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Transactions on Semiconductor Manufacturing
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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