Lower the cost of equipment procurement and production
Fast-changing market conditions and shorter IC product life cycles continue to make increasing demands on the speed for equipment procurement. New equipment must be delivered quickly and introduced into a highly automated production environment flawlessly. Unfortunately, the problem is made more difficult with evolving SECS/GEM automation standards, unique fab manufacturing methods, and rapidly changing equipment designs.
Many equipment suppliers have determined that high-quality test programs are essential to delivering production-ready equipment. Good testing speeds sign-off and increases equipment reliability, ultimately lowering the overall cost of ownership for the factory and increasing margins for the equipment supplier. Semiconductor fabs and assembly plants also test incoming equipment to ensure factory readiness. Such testing has shown to lower the cost of equipment procurement and production.
Equipment suppliers and factory owners use one or more of PEER Group’s test applications to implement their test programs. Each application has specific capabilities depending upon the goals of the user and they’re often used in combination. Because of time pressure or lack of qualified engineers, some companies leverage PEER Group’s test services to perform all or portions of their equipment QA programs.