FPD Factory Automation Standards Workshop in Japan
In conjunction with FPD International, the FPD Factory Automation Workshop (subtitled “FPD Manufacturing using Ultra Large Size Substrate”) was held on October 24 in Yokoyama. Drawing about 40 attendees, the workshop was chaired by Yasunobu Otogawa (Daihen) and Hiroshi Fukuzawa (Murata Machinery).
This program introduced SEMI standards activities in the field of FPD Factory Automation, keeping an eye on the current situation—where Generation 10 LCD substrates manufacturing is about to turn into a reality.
As a leading analyst of the FPD industry, Yasuo Nakane (Deutsche Securities) presented a keynote on the trends and prospects of Generation 10 LCD substrates manufacturing. Then he outlined the development of SEMI standards activities for “Single Substrate Manufacturing,” which is expected to be a key factor for substantial cost reduction in FPD manufacturing. This discussion included issues and the future development of single-substrate manufacturing—clarified through the previous year’s workshop, SEMI standards activities, and SEMI’s progress in developing/developed standards which cover both mechanical interface and software interface (CIM) supporting single-substrate manufacturing. Furthermore, from the viewpoint of Taiwan LCD panel manufacturer, Mr. Hung-Wei Chen (AUO) gave us inputs on the issues that current FPD fabs are facing. His presentation was extremely well received by the audience.