The semiconductor industry has some of the most demanding applications,
a combination of extreme accuracy and precision combined with high throughput.
The semiconductor processing can be divided into two parts -
"frontend" and "backend".
The term Backend refers to dicing the wafer into individual chips and
all the processes thereafter; such as test, assembly and packaging.
To deal with faster and more powerful chip technology, semiconductor
process linewidth technology has continued to evolve down to the nano-level,
and the backend of semiconductor processes also needs to provide a shorter
production cycle, in order to increase production throughput per unit of time.
With the diversification of semiconductor end products, including flash memories, logic chips, analog chips etc., the backend of a semiconductor process has to integrate multiple processes into a single machine, reducing the variety of machines required on the production line and thereby greatly shortening the production cycle. The integrated machine itself also has to be able to provide for faster production, complemented with optical inspection to decrease the rate and cost of manual errors, which is also a very important factor. Due to limited space, the size of the machine itself is not allowed to increase due to integrated functions, so the setup of the control is a key factor to be considered. Not only does it affect the time and cost of on-site setup, but also influences the maintenance effort required. Multi-axis synchronized motion control complemented with optical inspection can be used for a vendor's integrated applications, from laser inscription, to inspection, to packaging.
When equipment builders are designing advanced
precision machining machines, choosing the right components determines how
successful it can be.
is a 2-port EtherCAT PCI Universal card. It is a ready-to-use EtherCAT
development platform for all PC-based industrial automation. The EtherCAT
protocol stack is executed autonomously on the PCI card. It allows the host to
handle up to two EtherCAT networks with extremely short cycle time for Motion
and pure I/O applictions. For EtherCAT motion port, communication cycle time is
no more than 500μs for connecting 32 axes of servo motors and for fast I/O
ports the cycle time is no more than 200μs in a high speed I/O system.
Real-time and high-precision capability are features of PCI-1203. In addition,
all Advantech motion controllers use the "Common Motion API"
architecture which is a unified user programming interface and graphical
is an 8-axis EtherCAT motion slave module and provides the ability to
connect step motor drives and servo motor drives with CW/CCW and Pulse/Direction
interfaces to EtherCAT networks controlled by Advantech EtherCAT master
PCI-1203. AMAX-3285 has open frame designs for horizontal placement and an
interface connector mounted on the board. With a to-servo-drive transfer cable,
it can be conveniently connected to Mitsubishi J3/J4, Yaskwa Sigma V/7, and
Panasonic A4/A5 servos.
is 4-slot distributed flexible system can provide high-speed, high-precision
remote I/O for EtherCAT. It is the link between the EtherCAT automation control
network and the EtherCAT I/O modules ranging from basic DI/O's to high-speed
AI/O models for different application scenarios. All our EtherCAT devices have
been designed and tested to meet Advantech's stringent requirements on noise
immunity. Fast, accurate, highly -efficient data transmission and easy remote
configuration make ADAM-5000/ECAT the perfect match in industrial automation
In this case, the PCI-1203 supports synchronized
control for 31 axes (including 2 gantry axis controls) along with huge I/O
control, sufficiently demonstrating the high-speed/high accuracy control
capabilities of the PCI-1203. The AMAX-3285 connects EtherCAT master and
pulse-type servo/stepping motors and provides high-speed compare trigger and
position latch functions. Advantech M.V.P. (Motion, Vision, Platform) provides
a powerful SoftMotion API, complete vision product portfolio, and a highly
efficient computing platform to satisfy rapid development requirements.