KINESYS Semiconductor Factory Automation Software
KINESYS Software provides both Integrated Device Manufacturer (IDM) and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) customers world-class software products and solutions for advanced wafer and device traceability and process management. KINESYS offers state of the art database technology with a core focus on SEMI standards. KINESYS’ challenge was to make back-end processing failure-free and easy to use for clients while supporting licensing models more adaptable to changing industry needs.
WIBU-SYSTEMSWIBU-SYSTEMS AG, a privately held company founded by Oliver Winzenried and Marcellus Buchheit in 1989, is an innovative security technology leader in the global software licensing market. In its mission to offer the most secure, unique, and highly versatile technology, Wibu-Systems has developed CodeMeter, a comprehensive, award-winning suite of hardware and software-based solutions for computers, embedded systems, mobile devices, PLCs, and microcontrollers that incorporates internationally patented processes dedicated to protecting the integrity of digital assets. Through its motto “Perfection in Protection, Licensing and Security”, Wibu-Systems safeguards the intellectual property of software publishers and intelligent device manufacturers against illicit and fraudulent use, reverse engineering and tampering attacks, sabotage and espionage actions, while generating new digital business models fully integrated with ERP, CRM, and e-commerce platforms.
Equipment & Machinery
KINESYS Software is an independent supplier of software products and services for factory automation applications in the semiconductor industry. A privately held company, KINESYS is focused on the automation of semiconductor manufacturing “back-end” processes, offering innovative software products and expert support services for data management and equipment integration aimed at inkless assembly and single device tracking.
- CONNECTIVITY PROTOCOLS
KINESYS integrates Wibu-Systems’ CodeMeter® into its Assembly Line Production Supervisor (ALPS) flagship product. Originally developed as a wafer mapping application, ALPS features mapping for all kinds of substrates used in semiconductor plants (wafer maps, strip maps, tray maps, etc.), as well as tracking of devices through the multiple processes used in semiconductor assembly and encapsulation. Combining KINESYS’ expertise with Wibu-Systems’ technology delivers a neat solution on a dongle, combining security with license accountability and flexibility, as well as total transparency for end users.
- DATA COLLECTED
- SOLUTION TYPE
- SOLUTION MATURITY
Emerging (technology has been on the market for > 2 years)
- OPERATIONAL IMPACT
Impact #1 [Efficiency Improvement - Quality Assurance]
The software component of CodeMeter integrates seamlessly with the KINESYS ALPS software during the process of identifying and isolating defects in the high volume production of super sophisticated chips.
Impact #2 [Data Management - Cyber Security]
Security and functionality is built-in and invisible to the end user.
- QUANTITATIVE BENEFIT
- USE CASES
Process Control & OptimizationProcess control and optimization (PCO) is the discipline of adjusting a process to maintain or optimize a specified set of parameters without violating process constraints. The PCO market is being driven by rising demand for energy-efficient production processes, safety and security concerns, and the development of IoT systems that can reliably predict process deviations. Fundamentally, there are three parameters that can be adjusted to affect optimal performance. - Equipment optimization: The first step is to verify that the existing equipment is being used to its fullest advantage by examining operating data to identify equipment bottlenecks. - Operating procedures: Operating procedures may vary widely from person-to-person or from shift-to-shift. Automation of the plant can help significantly. But automation will be of no help if the operators take control and run the plant in manual. - Control optimization: In a typical processing plant, such as a chemical plant or oil refinery, there are hundreds or even thousands of control loops. Each control loop is responsible for controlling one part of the process, such as maintaining a temperature, level, or flow. If the control loop is not properly designed and tuned, the process runs below its optimum. The process will be more expensive to operate, and equipment will wear out prematurely. For each control loop to run optimally, identification of sensor, valve, and tuning problems is important. It has been well documented that over 35% of control loops typically have problems. The process of continuously monitoring and optimizing the entire plant is sometimes called performance supervision.