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Lower Equipment Cost of Ownership Through Spare-Parts-Management Programmes

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ROBERT B. HIXSON, Integrated Device Technology, Hillsboro, OR, USA
PETER N. SWEETNAM, Semiconductor Equipment Technology, Inc., Dublin, CA, USA


Through the use of a parts management programme, Integrated Device Technology (IDT) has been able to reduce its equipment cost of ownership. The key aspects are: establishing an alternative source of parts; inspecting recycled parts to critical dimensions; tracking of recycled parts; pre-assembling kits where possible; custom-designing parts and surface finishes to address specific process requirements; and partnering with a supplier. While this article focuses on spare-parts management for physical vapour deposition (PVD), the approach is relevant to almost all other equipment sets as well.

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