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Challenges in Fab Design

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The design of Fabrication plants for future high resolution products is a vital and daunting task. The distant vision of a totally automated factory with minimal service staffing comes to mind as a designer’s dream. However, reality demands that the complexities of design require very careful thought and engineering expertise when investing the enormous capital outlay that a modern plant requires. PRISM – a consortium of academic and commercial organisations – has been formed to address these issues. This paper examines the aims and requirements of such an organisation to satisfactorily build these future super high tech Fabrication facilities.

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