Case Studies

Silicon Wafer

Silicon Wafer Processing

Posted in Machine Vision, Manufacturing Automation and Intelligence, Semiconductor, Test & Measurement Automation


DMC consulted on a large-scale project for a semi-conductor manufacturer to overhaul the architecture and provide technical direction for a new line of micro-motion manufacturing systems.

Measurement Screen

Measurement Screen


The system is controlled by Steeplechase, an 8-axis MEI DSP motion control card and Allen Bradley Devicenet I/O. Citect and Visual Basic applications supplement the HMI. An X/Y linear stage along with an angular axis is used to position silicon wafers for processing. A DVT camera is used to obtain wafer position information allowing compensation for the slight variations in placement for the tooling, which is crucial for high-accuracy processing.

Customer Benefits

  • Improves process accuracy to within a 5 micron tolerance
  • Reduces production time with increased speed
  • Top level project consulting and coordination allowed large-scale project to meet deadlines


  • 8 axis MEI DSP motion card
  • Allen Bradley DeviceNet I/O
  • NEAT linear servo motors, amplifiers
  • DVT Vision Inspection Cameras
  • Citect HMI
  • Custom Microsoft Visual Basic
  • 6.0® Active X Components
  • Microsoft Access® ODBC database