Upcoming events in 2018

As the industry leader in automation software, we participate at several global events annually. Find out where we’ll be.

SEMICON Europa - Booth A4445, A4

SEMICON Europa logo

November 13-16, 2018

Messe München
Munich, Germany


Mike Barrett

"Helping OEMs scale up to big data volumes"
Mike Barrett, Director, Global OEM Sales

TechLOUNGE Hall A4
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The market is demanding faster throughput, smaller feature sizes and higher quality. Data is the fuel that drives these improvements – from more sensors to faster sampling and greater integration of different sources. Collecting larger data volumes allows for deeper insight into critical process and production metrics and provides the possibility of using advanced analytics and machine learning to speed defect analysis and reduce repair times. However, this explosion of big data can overwhelm traditional data sharing and storage mechanisms. Join us as we discuss cutting edge approaches to managing your data including new storage solutions, best practices for where your data should live and methods for sharing that data with your analysis systems and global experts.

Session Chair and Presenter

Michael Arnold

“Smart Manufacturing” 
Session Chair: Michael Arnold, Managing Director, PEER Group GmbH

TechARENA 1, Hall A4
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
11:45 - 13:50 


Doug Suerich

“Cybersecurity for factories and tools: protecting yourself against potential threats”
Presenter: Doug Suerich, Product Evangelist


Highly-automated semiconductor manufacturing relies on machine-to-machine (M2M) and machine-to-host connectivity. But, this introduces a security risk for both equipment makers and factories. A virus on a single tool could cause costly factory-wide downtime. Forward-thinking OEMs are wondering whether they have protected their equipment adequately against potential cyber threats. Forward-thinking factories are considering all of the equipment on their manufacturing floors to ensure they stay risk free. This talk explores the need for OEMs to set up an ongoing equipment maintenance strategy that takes into consideration several important steps: upgrading all tools to modern-day operating systems that enable virus scanning, installing new connectivity software products to support new technologies and new factory requirements, and leveraging the secure remote connectivity to perform remote virus scans on all files moving into the factory, manage ongoing equipment maintenance activities to keep tools up to date, audit production tools to address software end of service (EOS) issues, and avoid causing factory-wide downtime by introducing a virus.

SEMI Smart Manufacturing Workshop - Session Leader, Presenter, Sponsor


November 28, 2018

SEMI International Headquarters 
Milpitas, CA

Join SEMI’s Smart Manufacturing Technology Community at this one-day workshop to discuss real-world use cases for Smart Manufacturing and how you can leverage it for better business results.

Doug Suerich

Doug Suerich will lead the Security breakout session – Access Data/Data Sharing, Data Policies – which will look at:

  • Data management and policies for the different types, classes and levels of data generated in a Smart Manufacturing environment
  • Data access and transfer protocols
  • Existing and needed standards to raise security “comfort levels”

During the Digital Building Blocks session, Doug will also present the latest IMA APC Council meeting results.

Click here to register for the workshop: https://bit.ly/2AoggEE  

SEMICON Japan - Booth 3413, Hall 3

December 12-14, 2018
At SEMICON Japan, we co-exhibit with our Japanese distributor, Mizuho Information & Research

Tokyo Big Sight
Tokyo, Japan

2018 past events

SEMICON Korea - Booth 319, Hall D

SEMICON Korea logo

January 31 - February 2, 2018

Seoul, Korea

ACM Education - Presenter

Michael Arnold

“Automation Capability Management: Lessons Learned in the Semiconductor Industry”
Michael Arnold, Managing Director, PEER Group GmbH

FH Kärnten, Lakeside Park, Klagenfurt, Austria
Thursday, February 8, 2018


2018FLEX - Presenter and Session Sponsor

February 12-15, 2018
Flexible & Printed Electronics Conference & Exhibition
Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa, Monterey, California
Agenda: http://www.semi.org/en/2018flex-agenda

Doug Suerich

"Moving towards high-volume manufacturing with standards"
Doug Suerich, Product Evangelist

Thursday, February 15, 2018

PEER Group is the proud sponsor of the “Standards and Reliability” session on February 15

Revolutionary advances in flexible electronics hold the promise of producing innovative new products at lower cost than traditional methods. However, the gap between prototype production and high-volume manufacturing (HVM) can be daunting. How can you ensure that you have the infrastructure in place to move your process from the laboratory to the complexities and uncertainties of real-world manufacturing, especially in a smart factory? Fortunately, lessons learned in the semiconductor manufacturing industry provide clear guidance for making the move towards full automation and standardized data collection and material handling.

This presentation reviews the fundamental requirements for making the transition from pilot process to implementation inside a modern production facility and value chain. We’ll discuss design patterns and standards for automation, big data collection and security that you can implement now to help simplify future sales to demanding customers. We’ll also introduce a path for taking your HVM to the next level: introducing essential concepts for realizing Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0. Modern analytics can be used to monitor a fleet of deployed equipment to find opportunities for improvement (e.g., enabling predictive maintenance to reduce unplanned equipment downtime). However, this can only work if the collected data is consolidated securely into a central location. The basic data collection infrastructure we recommend paves the way for a complete, secure remote connectivity and data sharing solution that provides equipment makers and manufacturers a powerful new and secure way to collaborate.

Global Smart Manufacturing Summit - Presenter

February 21-23, 2018
Marriott Hotel
Stuttgart, Germany

Michael Arnold

“CASE STUDY: Industry 4.0 – The Evolution of the Revolution” 
Michael Arnold, Managing Director, PEER Group GmbH

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Michael’s case study will highlight the characteristics and driving factors of the industrial revolutions. He will provide an assessment of where we are today, the leadership question, and factors for success.

SEMICON China - Booth 2785, N2

SEMICON China logo

March 14-16

Shanghai New International Expo Centre
Shanghai, China

APC|M Europe Conference - Presenter and Session Sponsor

Doug Suerich

"Secure Data Collection Across an OEM's Fleet of Tools"
Doug Suerich, Product Evangelist

Dresden, Germany
April 16-18, 2018

PEER Group is a proud sponsor of the "Factory productivity and automation" session

Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Conference (ASMC) - Poster Presentation

April 30 - May 3, 2018
Saratoga Springs, NY

Doug Suerich

Poster Presentation: "A systematic approach to secure data collection across an OEM's fleet of tools"
Doug Suerich, Product Evangelist

Tuesday, May 1, 2018
5:15-6:45pm, Session 5

This paper discusses the approaches the PEER Group team took to design and implement a secure data management system to collect data from tools installed at fabs in different geographic locations and to move that data to a cloud-based storage system. The motivation for our work was to find the best way to match equipment performance across a global fleet of tools using modern analytics for predictive decision-making. However, gathering the data and feeding it into remote analytics software to perform fleet-wide comparisons presents familiar obstacles related to IP protection, the management of big data, and implementation risk. The majority of the effort in creating such a data collection system did not lie in the movement of the data, but rather in the systematic identification and assessment of objections to data sharing in a notoriously secretive industry. By explicitly addressing each of the concerns related to secure data sharing, PEER Group was able to create a system that allowed for limited collection of data in a means acceptable to all stakeholders.

CPES2018 (Intelliflex) - Presenter

Doug Suerich

"Moving towards High-Volume Manufacturing with standards"
Doug Suerich, Product Evangelist

Centennial College, Toronto, ON
May 24, 2018

Doug will discuss moving toward high-volume FHE manufacturing with standards, by drawing on the lessons learned from the semiconductor industry to bridge the gap between prototyping and high-volume production.

SEMICON West - Booth 1817, South Hall

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July 10-12, 2018

Moscone Center
San Francisco, USA

Doug Suerich

SEMICON West - Presenter

"Architecting for agility: incorporating IIOT into your data collection"
Doug Suerich, Product Evangelist

Smart Manufacturing Pavilion, Meet the Experts Theater
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Equipment manufacturers are under pressure to reduce costs while maintaining or increasing quality and contributing to overall customer throughput. Increasingly, innovative end users are looking for big data solutions that will help them introduce extra efficiencies in their factories. While modern machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms hold the promise of near-magical problem solving and fault detection capabilities, they have one major weakness: a voracious appetite for high volumes of data. These trends are increasing the demands on tool makers to provide even faster data collection and sensor data for variables that were not included in their original tool specifications. Meeting these demands from end customers requires the OEM to adopt an agile approach, where additional sensors and data collection plans can be deployed rapidly and customized on existing equipment platforms. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) promises a solution to the hardware side of the problem (through the availability of cost-effective sensors, etc.) and capturing the data at the source, but this leaves unanswered questions around the best ways to share that data. The industry needs to consider equipment performance, security, stability, and long-term maintainability of the solution. Smart Manufacturing and data collection expert, Doug Suerich, discusses practical ways to meet these challenges without massive investment or diversion from existing SEMI Standards.

SEMICON Taiwan - Booth K2666, 1F

SEMICON Taiwan logo

September 5-7, 2018

Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center
Taipei, Taiwan

Mike Thiessen

“Speed the way to Smart Manufacturing with standards-compliant factory automation software”
Mike Thiessen, Product Engineering Manager

Wednesday, September 5, 4:45pm
Smart Manufacturing Forum, 5F

“Smart station controllers for Smart Manufacturing”
Mike Thiessen, Product Engineering Manager 

Friday, September 7, 11:10am 
TechXPOT, 1F

Advanced Process Control (APC) Conference – Presenter and Sponsor

October 8-11, 2018

Airport Hilton Hotel
Austin, TX

Doug Suerich

"Building the road to Smart Manufacturing" 
Doug Suerich, Product Evangelist 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

The International Roadmap for Devices and Systems (IRDS) maintains a 15-year technology roadmap covering many areas, including Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0, for the devices and systems industries. This talk introduces work currently underway by some SEMI® task forces and technical committees to update the SEMI standards in an effort to enable the vision proposed by the IRDS roadmap and move the state of the industry forward.

“Throughput optimization in sophisticated equipment”
Doug Suerich, Product Evangelist 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

This talk presents a case study in which we investigated throughput optimization opportunities on a complex cluster tool and increased throughput by 13% using only software and configuration changes.

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