A nonlinearly normalized back propagation network and cloud computing approach for determining cycle time allowance during wafer fabrication

Tin-Chih Chen, Yi Chi Wang*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This study investigated the determination of the allowance that must be added to the cycle time estimate, which is a critical concern when assigning internal due dates. Because no method for estimating cycle times is completely accurate, producing such estimates remains problematic but has rarely been addressed in the literature. A large allowance postpones the internal due date, diminishing company appeal when a factory manager negotiates with a customer. Therefore, in this study, a nonlinear approach was proposed to normalize the cycle times. After estimating the cycle time of a job by using a back propagation network, the allowance added to the cycle time can be effectively reduced through the collaboration of several computing clouds. Theoretical properties of the proposed method were validated, and a case from a wafer fabrication factory was used to evaluate the effectiveness of the proposed method in comparison with various existing methods. According to the experimental results, the proposed method facilitated establishing tight upper bounds on the cycle times. The proposed method was proven to be very effective.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-156
Number of pages13
JournalRobotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing
Volume45
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2017

Keywords

  • Allowance determination
  • Back propagation network
  • Internal due date assignment
  • Upper bound
  • Wafer fabrication

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