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Achieving more with intelligent sensors

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Electronics

Achieving more with intelligent sensors

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Harsh ambient conditions

In the electronics, semiconductor, solar and battery industry

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Smart Motor Sensors

Get to the heart of things with insider information from Smart Motor Sensors

With its Smart Motor Sensors, SICK provides information directly from the center of production. This is information about the status of machines and servomotors that helps to detect malfunctions earlier, solve them more quickly or to avoid them entirely. SICK has once again applied its entire knowledge base to allow customers this insight and to therefore facilitate predictive maintenance procedures.

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Industry 4.0 is picking up speed

Sensor solutions for mobile vehicles and carts

Automated flexibility for mobile vehicles and carts: Our modular solutions portfolio for mobile platforms now makes it possible to implement line guidance, navigation, positioning, environmental recognition, security and load handling with ease.

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Automation in Electronics

The electronics industry is one of the driving forces behind industrial progress and therefore always experiences market changes very early on and very clearly. Product life cycles are becoming ever shorter and the quality requirements ever higher, which currently poses extraordinary challenges to the industry.

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Overview

Sensor solutions for the semiconductor industry

In line with Moore's law, the semiconductor industry has doubled the number of transistors in each integrated circuit approximately every 18 months for more than four decades now. This trend is the result of rapid innovations in production processes that are showing no signs of abating. As a result, production plants both today and in the future need to be equipped with state-of-the-art sensors in order to satisfy the stringent requirements that semiconductor manufacturers place on product quality and cost-effectiveness. SICK sensor technology has proven ideal for use in the semiconductor industry, consistently offering solutions that are perfectly matched to all kinds of applications – whether they involve complex front-end processes, back-end applications, or wafer fab automation.

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Level measurement for corrosive chemicals in semiconductor wafer process plants

In many industries, challenging ambient conditions of all kinds are par for the course for production. The systems and sensors that are responsible for keeping the production process safe have to be specially protected against severe contamination or aggressive chemicals. For instance, chemicals are an unavoidable part of front-end production, where they are central to core processes such as semiconductor wafer surface finishing and cleaning.

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Inspection body and guarantor of quality for every use

Within the electronics industry, quality and precision are key factors when it comes to intelligent production concepts: The only way to ensure high levels of quality – from the individual components right through to the end product – is to keep tabs on the value creation process by continuously evaluating measurement results. Optical measurement technology from SICK combines precision and quality in one – by offering measuring instruments that are integrated directly into the production process.

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Challenges

Detecting and measuring

The semiconductor industry places very high demands on detection and measuring tasks. The task is to detect the smallest parts, such as bonding wires or challenging surfaces of semiconductor wafers. At the same time, sensors in many process machines are exposed to harsh environmental conditions. These include contact with chemicals, high temperatures and even vacuum environments. Thanks to a wide range of technology, sensor solutions from SICK easily master these challenges.

Protection

To protect people and processes, not only machines must be protected in the semiconductor industry. Safety technology is used in autonomous logistics processes as well. SICK supports semiconductor and system manufacturers with a broad range of safety solution technology. SICK also supports its customers with a comprehensive service package which includes consultation and assistance with commissioning as well as training and education.

Monitoring and controlling

Semiconductor wafers and chips must fulfill very high quality demands. The very small structures on semiconductor wafers and chips require highly accurate measurements from quality control solutions. Vision sensors and high-resolution displacement measurement sensors ensure that test and inspection systems meet these requirements.

Identifiying

Reliable object identification is a requirement for smooth production flow and forms the basis for traceability and continuous quality improvement. SICK offers a wide range of both permanently installed and mobile readers for bar codes, 2D codes and RFID technology.

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