July 17, 1998
New Agreement Gives Consilium Use of WinSPC to Assure Manufacturing Quality
SOUTHFIELD, Mich.—July, 17 1998— Consilium, Inc.(NASDAQ: CSIM), the leading independent supplier of manufacturing execution systems (MES) software and systems, and DataNet Quality Systems, manufacturer of WinSPC Statistical Process Control software, announced today that Consilium will use DataNet Quality Systems’ WinSPC C/S statistical process control software to provide statistical process control for Consilium’s FAB300 automated factory control program.
The FAB300 system will control the automated fabrication of 300mm semiconductor wafers which are expected to enable faster, lower-cost computer chip production.
“We selected WinSPC C/S as the data collection and analysis engine for our FAB300 system as a result of a rigorous analysis,” said Rich Danielson, marketing vice president for Consilium. “We believe that WinSPC C/S is the top-ranking statistical process control software for automated manufacturing, and it has the specific features we needed in order to assure quality in the extraordinarily complex world of 300mm semiconductor wafer fabrication.”
Consilium’s FAB300 system is a unique integrated solution of software and services that control and automate the real-time operation of fabs. The system consists of a Quality Management Component (QMC™) that monitors and controls the manufacturing process. DataNet’s WinSPC C/S software will be the core of this quality component, collecting data from both process and metrology equipment to analyze data instantaneously and take immediate corrective action.
DataNet’s software also gives Consilium’s FAB300 program a unique closed-loop advantage – the ability to detect and shut down automated processes that may be preparing to violate their parameters before the violation occurs.
Consilium’s FAB300™ is targeted to “measurably improve the efficiency of semiconductor manufacturing,” said Danielson. The built-in WinSPC statistical process control software helps eliminate production errors. Even small percentage improvements can result in huge revenue benefits. Danielson estimates that increasing the output of a major semiconductor factory by only 2% can result in a $100 million increase in annual revenue.
Consilium, Inc. is a leading independent supplier of integrated manufacturing execution system (MES) software and services. Consilium’s semiconductor customers include such leading companies as Advanced Micro Devices, Hewlett-Packard Company, Hitachi Semiconductor (America), Hyundai Electronics Industries, LG Semiconductor, Wacker Siltronic, National Semiconductor, ST Microelectronics, Siemens AG, United Microelectronics corporation and Winbond Electronics. The Company was founded in 1978, and is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif. The company’s web address is www.consilium.com
Consilium contact: Shannon McGinley, 650-691-6189