Due to the fact that clean room floor space in semiconductor factories is limited and expensive, Fabmatics developed an innovative stocker concept that saves the floor space for process machines by storing the WIP underneath the clean room ceiling. The FlatStocker is installed directly above the process machines or the corridors of interbay and intrabay of the factory.
The system can be designed for different material carriers, e.g. HA-200 boxes, open cassettes or SMIF pods. The connection to a transport system (e.g. conveyor), combined with vertical lifts to the machine level, enables fast lot access at any time. Equipped with ID technology (e.g. RFID, barcode), the FlatStocker reports the material ID information to the host system (MCS/MES).
- Freely scalable and also expandable at a later date
- Flexible positioning of lifts (input/output stations) and conveyor connections
- Easy disassembly of the safety bottom shields to enable move-in/out of tall machines
Link to FlatStocker Website