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Overview

D-SIMCON is a suite of advanced domain-specific decision support products for WIP Management, Dispatching, Dynamic Capacity Planning and Load Mix Optimisation in Semiconductor Manufacturing. The solution addresses the typical challenges in operating and managing a dynamic production line:

  • Unexpected material waves at work centres and breakdowns of bottleneck tools that create congestion and increase variability, resulting in frequent fire fighting;
  • Challenges associated with ad-hoc solutions to address material flow congestion that tend to just push the problem to elsewhere in the fab;
  • The difficulty of fine-tuning dispatch rules as their effect on the overall fab performance is hard to assess and could even be counterproductive;
  • Painful and lengthy simulation model development processes limiting the usefulness of such simulation models;
  • Missing data and/or bad data quality, leading to “Garbage-in –garbage-out” situations for the enabling decision support software modules, resulting in frustrations with their users;
  • Challenges associated with quantifying customer order commitments and due-dates when using static capacity models for planning and managing customer orders.

All modules can be deployed on parallel computing infrastructure to minimise execution times and are hosted on a web server allowing centralised maintenance.

Products

D-SIMCON suite contains advanced domain-specific decision support products for WIP Management, Dispatching, Dynamic Capacity Planning and Load Mix Optimisation in Semiconductor Manufacturing. These products include Scheduler, Forecaster and Scenario Manager, WIP Optimiser, Dynamic Capacity Planner and Load Mix Optimiser.