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Outsourcing of Inventory and Services Helps Optimise Fab Management

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JON SABOL, Applied Materials, Inc, Santa Clara, CA, USA


Controlling inventory is a constant headache for Fab plant managers. The amount of capital consumed in this operation can be critical to the success of fabrication profitability. Increasingly, outsourcing this burden along with equipment support and maintenance becomes an attractive proposition for plant management. The successful operational requirements of outsourcing are examined and case studies are described which illustrate the advantages derived particularly when applied to multi fabrication plant scenarios.

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