The Next Wave of MES in Semiconductor

There is a natural ebb and flow in every industry. Semiconductor companies really got the manufacturing execution

Three Reasons You Must Have Modern MES now is one of 11 Peer Talk briefs based on executive interviews in the semiconductor industry

Three Reasons You Must Have Modern MES now is one of 11 Peer Talk briefs based on executive interviews in the semiconductor industry

systems (MES) market off the ground, and after a long quiet period, a wave of new MES activity is happening in the semiconductor industry. Why? Because legacy MES – especially those systems installed over 10 years ago – simply are not up to managing today’s complex environments.

Both fabs and back-ends need to evolve quickly. New customers and applications are demanding for quality as well as cost and size. With modern MES, companies can pull easily data out for customer requests, not to mention analysis and improvement efforts. More and more companies are finding that it’s the right time for them to switch.

Unlike with previous generations of MES, swapping out legacy for modern may present less risk than sticking with the legacy software. The business and IT reasons to change are legion. At the top level, they include much broader and deeper functionality, the ability to standardize across processes and facilities, speed to change, and risk of IT failure as both software and hardware platforms become unsupported by the original providers.

After talking to quite a few executives in semiconductor companies, I’m clear that those making the change now are doing themselves a favor. While the project to switch out the core MES that operates a fab or back-end plant is major, both the software providers and other companies have proven that it is possible and beneficial.

To see some of the materials I’ve written about issues for semiconductor companies switching out older systems, please visit http://www.camstar.com/pages/peer-talk-learn-mes-best-practices-semiconductor-industry-peers-2/ I so appreciate all of the people who offered me interviews to understand why and how this transition is happening: Allegro, Fairchild, Infineon, International Rectifier, NXP, Triquint and others who I cannot publish here.

The wise ones are migrating. They are doing it at an enterprise level, not just plant-by-plant, which new Gartner research suggests is going to deliver better benefits. And their customers, who are from nearly every other manufacturing industry, should be very happy. Finally a way to get more info, faster change response, and better consistently high quality chips! It’s a win for everyone. Get on and ride this wave! Cowabunga!

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