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Innovation Integration: Seizing New Opportunities

Bing Wang discusses how SmartFactory's solutions empower customers to innovate and capture new opportunities through seamless integration. Explore the pathways to innovation with SmartFactory.


I’m Bing Wang and I am the CIM Solution Manager at Applied Materials. When the industry talks about a SmartFactory, they are usually referring to a highly digitized and interconnected production environment where all the systems and the technology they communicate and collaborate in real time. Basically the goal for a SmartFactory is to leverage the advanced technologies such as IoT, AI, ML, and data analytics to streamline and optimize manufacturing process, especially when we talk about the semi-manufacturing industry.

From the industry perspective, when we talk about the SmartFactories, we’re referring to seven major characteristics. So basically it’s about automation, interconnectivity, data analytics, and real-time monitoring, flexibility, customization, energy efficiency, and also cybersecurity. SmartFactory represents the brand of our top-notch automation software and that is running the manufacturing in a very highly automated manner.

There’s no human inside the clean room of the Fab and everything is run by the automation systems. We are the only vendor or supplier or solution provider in the market that has the fully integrated suite that encompasses four main domains that I mentioned earlier. We provide opportunities for customers to innovate and seize new opportunities through integration.

I think the key value is that since we are the fully integrated CIM solution suite, we can get our customers deployed fast and ramp up their Fab, which is significant for our customers because the time to market for our customer is the key that actually determines how much profit margin they can gain, the return on the investment, especially when they build up a new fab.

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SmartFactory Automation Solution Experts Team
The Applied SmartFactory® automation solution experts team develops integrated automation solutions for semiconductor manufacturers to improve the performance of factories. From implementing a manufacturing execution system that advances collaboration and automation, to integrating AI/ML technologies for faster decision making, SmartFactory automation solutions enable manufacturers to prioritize quality and reliability across every stage of the manufacturing process.