Understanding the increased impact of single points of failure on a highly integrated and complex factory.
Improving communication between equipment suppliers and users with respect to equipment requirements and capabilities.
Implementing improved bi-directional information exchange between equipment and factory systems to achieve equipment and factory reliability, capability and productivity objectives.
Implementing design-in of equipment capability visualization in production equipment; design-in of advanced process control tool to meet quality requirements.
Incorporating equipment data, analytics and visualization to support equipment health monitoring.
Reducing undesired wait-time waste; developing wait-time waste reporting for tools; providing standardized equipment wait-time waste metrics reporting to support equipment wait-time waste management.
Augmenting reactive with a predictive paradigm for scheduling, maintenance and yield management.
Yield mining techniques that support root cause analysis for determination of contributions to yield loss in the process stream.
Addressing the move towards "lights out" human-less operation.