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July 9-11: KUKA to Unveil Latest Robotic Solution for Enhanced Chip Production at SEMICON West 2024

Semiconductor fabricators are currently seeing a prime window to initiate capital investment projects that increase operational efficiency and blunt the effects of a skilled workforce shortage. To help fabs meet the anticipated increaase in demand for 2025 and beyond, KUKA Robotics, in collaboration with the world's leading semiconductor fabricators, has developed its latest robotic solution for enhanced chip production. The company’s autonomous mobile robot (AMR) solution will be showcased at the upcoming SEMICON West show July 9-11 in San Francisco, CA.


"Designed to cater to the evolving needs of the semiconductor industry, KUKA's AMR solution offers unparalleled flexibility and reliability in material handling and automated machine tending even in fabs using 'box-style' wafer pods, like HA200 boxes," said a company spokesperson. "The mobile solution is particularly beneficial in areas where traditional automated systems are impractical."


Attendees at the Moscone Center’s South Hall booth #5444 will have the opportunity to witness firsthand the innovative capabilities of KUKA's mobile robotic wafer-handling system, engineered for seamless human-machine collaboration. This solution enables fabs to transport, load and unload 200mm (8-inch) or 300mm (12-inch) wafer boxes, FOUPs, SMIF pods and even reticles, while also facilitating open cassette handling when necessary, the company reported.


At the heart of the system is the KMR iisy, a fully integrated cobot and AMR that moves quickly, easily handles straight-line travel, turns and rotates around its own axis. Utilizing KUKA.NavigationSolution and equipped with an array of 3D cameras, the KMR iisy is fully autonomous without the need for navigational aids, like reflectors, and ensures safe operation in mixed (robot-human) environments. Laser scanners and wheel sensors collect data to create a map of the environment through Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM), allowing the KMR iisy to respond to changes in that environment to avoid collisions.


For fabs, work is accomplished with KUKA’s LBR iisy cobot, cleanroom variant. The LBR iisy is a high-speed six-axis cobot with a payload capacity up to 15 kg and a best-in-class 1,300 mm reach that can be taught by hand with little-to-no-programing knowledge for fast, easy commissioning, the company reported. As a unit, the AMR is controlled by a single smartPAD pro teach pendant. The cobot boasts cleanroom Class 1 (ISO 3) certification by Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute, ESD protection to ISO 61340-5-1 and ANSI ESD S20.20, making it suitable for the strictest cleanroom environments.


At SEMICON West, booth visitors will see the KMR iisy pick up FOUPs used to protect and transport silicon wafers from one load port and deposit them at another load port.


"We are thrilled to unveil our latest mobile robotic solution, tailored specifically to meet the demands of the semiconductor industry," said Pjeter Lulgjuraj, Sales and Marketing Operations Manager at KUKA Robotics. "With this innovative technology, front-end fabs can enhance their operational efficiency, overcome the challenges of the skilled labor market, and meet the escalating demands of chip production without compromising on safety or quality."


KUKA Robotics remains committed to pushing the boundaries of innovation in the realm of industrial automation, empowering manufacturers to thrive in an ever-evolving market landscape. For more information about KUKA's mobile robotic solution and its capabilities, visit booth #5444 at SEMICON West.


For more information contact:

KUKA Robotics Corporation

51870 Shelby Parkway

Shelby Township, MI 48315-1787




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