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2011 June 1 Rick Weber

GCI's Latest Generation Information Center Provides Background Vibration Data Collection

Gilbert, AZ (June 1, 2011) - Get Control, Inc. (GCI), the global leader in vibration recording and analysis for semiconductor automated material handling systems, introduces latest generation Information Center.

GCI's Information Center provides background AMHS vibration data collection and analysis to report excessive vibration areas as they arise. This allows vibration data to be collected and analyzed on scheduled basis without operator intervention. Used with GCI's VibCom, vibration data for an entire FAB can be collected and analyzed on a periodic basis as an unattended background task. For managers concerned that excessive AMHS vibration can lead to wafer damage and particulate generation, the Information Center provides continuous track monitoring throughout the Fab and sends alerts about areas of concern that should be addressed.

Features of the Information Center include two independent E15 and E84 compliant load stations to interface with the delivery vehicle to Unload and Load the instrumented FOUP. The load stations are equipped with contacts to interface with the instrumented FOUP and charge the Test Tool battery. The Information Center provides a windows-base server, flat screen monitor, and fold-up keyboard with trackball.

The Information Center software application provides a local Graphical User Interface. User's can view and analyze collected data locally or remotely. It can be programmed to generate alerts when unacceptable levels are encountered. Saved data can be linked into the Fab's AHMS software to display vibration history on a map that represents the track in the Fab.

"Our latest generation of the Information Center builds on previous generations by incorporating AMHS vehicle tracking from the AHMS vendor's physical vehicle position", says Joel Ronning, President of GCI. "The Information Center software analyzes the collected vibration data and formats files recognized by the AHMS or Fab's mapping software. Engineering and management can view the vibration levels on a map to get an immediate understanding of all problem vibration areas in the Fab and schedule track maintenance to correct the issues in a cost-effective manner."

GCI specializes in test tools, communications devices, and controllers for 300mm factory automation. GCI's vibration tool products are used to record and analyze vibration for qualifying new and verifying existing AMHS installations with the goal of reducing costs by preventing wafer damage and particulate generation.

For more information, contact GCI at 1530 N. Hobson Street, Suite 101, Gilbert, AZ, 85233; phone (480) 539-0478

2011 June 1 Rick Weber

GCI's New VibCom Provides Vehicle Tracking to Pinpoint Excessive AMHS Vibration

Gilbert, AZ (June 1, 2011) - Get Control, Inc. (GCI), the global leader in vibration recording and analysis for semiconductor automated material handling systems, introduces VibCom. This product integrates with the AMHS delivery vehicle and GCI's Tri-Accelerometer Test Tool to record the delivery vehicle's absolute track position along with time and date stamped vibration data. VibCom also provides a set of tri-colored indicators to report real-time vibration levels as the vehicle travels along the track.

Integrating the track location with the vibration data takes the guess work out of locating the track position causing excessive vibration. Historical vibration data with track location can be viewed in GCI's Information Center software application in graphs or tabulated text. During track maintenance, the tri-colored indicators can be used to confirm that the track repair has reduced the vibration levels.

"The power of VibCom is its ability to track the Vehicles position throughout the Fab", says Joel Ronning, President of GCI. "Without the vehicle location provided by VibCom, our customers have to guess where the vehicle is when it encounters excessive vibration by interpolating from the date and time stamp recorded with the data. Knowing the vehicle's unique position within the Fab allows our customers to pinpoint the area of vibration level violation with confidence and correct it in a timely manner."

GCI specializes in test tools, communications devices, and controllers for 300mm factory automation. GCI's vibration tool products are used to record and analyze vibration for qualifying new and verifying existing AMHS installations with the goal of reducing costs by preventing wafer damage and particulate generation.

For more information, contact GCI at 1530 N. Hobson Street, Suite 101, Gilbert, AZ, 85233; phone (480) 539-0478

2011 May 20 Joel Ronning

GCI SEMICON West 2011 Featured Products

Get Control will feature its latest solutions to record and analyze AMHS vibration at SEMICON West 2011 in San Francisco, July 12-14. Highlighted products include:

  • VibCom
    Vehicle tracking to accurately locate vibration sources along the AHMS track throughout the FAB
  • Information Center
    Automated AMHS vibration data collection and analysis via unattended operation of GCI's Tri-Axial Accelerometer Test Tool
  • 300mm Time-Domain Tri-Axial Accelerometer Test Tool
    Vibration recording and analysis to locate and minimize AHMS vibration that is a potential particulate generation source
  • 150mm Reticle Tri-Axial Accelerometer Test Tool
    Time-Domain Tri-Axial Accelerometer Test Tool in a form factor to fit inside a 150mm Reticle Pod

Get Control will also display its entire E84 product line with representatives available to answer all of your questions.

2007 July 13 Joel Ronning

GCI partners with Standards Technology Group

Get Control, Inc. announces its new partnership with Standards Technology Group (STG). STG is the semiconductor industry's leading Standards Solutions Provider. STG consists of a consortium of specialists in semiconductor manufacturing and design with extensive high-level experience in SEMI Standards compliance, development, and testing. All of GCI's E84 Test and Sensor Products are now available for purchase through STG's online store.

2005 May 19 Jeff Lambing

300mm Fabs Specify RJ-11 Optical Transceiver for E84 Communications

GCI's RJ-11 Optical Transceiver gains in popularity as two more North American 300mm fabs require the use of the RJ-11 transceiver for E84 communications. The AHMS vendors and fabrication facilities cite ease of installation, reductions in installation cost, reliability, and the ability to log and review the last 50 handoffs as reasons for the change. The RJ-11 Optical Transceiver fully complies with the SEMI E84 Standard and is a 100% compatible alternative for the parallel transceivers (GCI or Hokuyo) for passive side communications.

The RJ-11 transceiver uses standard 4-wire phone cord terminated with RJ-11 connectors, in place of the cumbersome 2 and 5 meter fixed-length parallel cables found on standard transceivers. Cables are custom fit to specific lengths for each process tool, using a single cut and crimp industry-standard tool. This process eliminates the need for multiple-crimp extensions made with parallel cable.

The GCI RJ-11 Transceiver provides E84 data logging and diagnostic software to locate handoff failures. RJ-11 transceivers log the active and passive communications signals for the last 50 handoffs to non-volatile memory. Using GCI's E84 Analysis Application package, this communication data log can be uploaded and analyzed by field maintenance technicians in a matter of minutes using a PC or GCI E84 Handheld Tester.

For more information on this product, please contact: sales@getcontrol.com

2004 Jul 29 Jeff Lambing

USB Interface for E84 Emulator

GCI has introduced a USB interface option for the popular E84 Emulator.

The GCI E84 Emulator is widely used in the Semiconductor industry to design, implement, test, verify, and qualify Semi Standard E84 by Fabs, OEM and AMHS manufactures. The option has been driven by customer demand, due to the design change in newer models of laptop computers moving away from parallel interfaces to USB.

Current customers may upgrade their units to USB. The USB option will be available on new Emulator units beginning September 2004.

For quotation or questions on upgrades, please contact GCI at: sales@getcontrol.com

2004 Jun 1 Jeff Lambing

North American Fab Installs RJ-11 Transceivers

A large North American 300mm production facility has installed GCI's RJ-11 E84 Optical Transceiver. This expansion project uses RJ-11 E84 Optical Transceivers on process tools for the passive-side (loadport) communication of the E84 handoff.

GCI developed the RJ-11 E84 Optical Transceiver to make installation easier and improve reliability in scenarios that require variable length cable and runs greater than 5m.

The RJ-11 E84 Optical Transceiver uses industry-standard 4-wire cord terminated with RJ-11 connectors to replace the cumbersome 2m or 5m fixed-length cable available on standard transceivers. GCI's RJ-11 Optical Transceiver is fully Semi Standard E84 compliant and is compatible with parallel GCI and Hokuyo optical transceivers. It also provides additional features including E84 data logging and diagnostic software for timing analysis to locate handoff failures.