The uptake of advanced manufacturing solutions is among the key driving forces behind Europe’s economic growth and global competitiveness. Technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, digital twins and big data analytics have become essential in sustaining innovation and production capabilities for numerous European small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
imec, a SEMI Strategic Association Partner, is a member of MADEin4, an ECSEL JU consortium of nearly 50 European manufacturers and research and technology organizations (RTOs) working to drive Industry 4.0 solutions for the European semiconductor manufacturing industry.
In the challenging world of high-volume manufacturing, rigorous inspection and monitoring of production systems is critical in order to meet high product quality and safety standards. By employing advanced machine vision, digital twinning and machine learning methods, high-speed metrology systems can dramatically increase overall product quality management control.
The European MADEin4 project was launched in April 2019 for a three-year period. It aims to help semiconductor manufacturers and equipment suppliers play an active role in the continuous improvement of their equipment. How? By relying on new digital twinning and predictive maintenance technologies. Agnès Roussy and Valéria Borodin, research professors at Mines Saint-Étienne, a member of the MADEin4 project, explain the context that gave rise to this project and discuss the scientific hurdles to overcome.
SEMI Europe will co-lead the communication of the technologies developed under a new ECSEL JU (Electronics Components and Systems for European Leadership Joint Undertaking) project launched in April. SEMI Smart Manufacturing Standards will help focus on Industry 4.0 requirements.