Economic efficiency analysis of wafer fabrication facilities

Wen-Chih Chen*, Chen Fu Chien, Ming Hsuan Chou

*Corresponding author for this work

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Semiconductor industry is capital intensive and competitive, and thus efficiently utilizing resources to provide products and services is essential for maintaining competitive advantages. Knowing whether the resource is properly utilized is the foundation for future improvements and/or decision making. This study investigates the economic efficiency of fabrication facility (fab) operations. We develop a two-stage overall efficiency model, which clearly defines and explains the "real" performance of fab production operations and the non-production issues. The model provides an overall performance index while considering different aspects. A single performance index can be used to evaluate and rank the performance for period review. Factors affecting performance can be identified. Furthermore, according to a real case, an ex post relative efficiency analysis is conducted and the initial results are reported. The case study can help providing diagnosis for inefficient production facilities and identifying best practices of efficient production units.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2008 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2008
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2008
Event2008 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2008 - Miami, FL, United States
Duration: 7 Dec 200810 Dec 2008

Publication series

NameProceedings - Winter Simulation Conference
ISSN (Print)0891-7736


Conference2008 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2008
CountryUnited States
CityMiami, FL

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