Evaluating capacity pooling strategy in semiconductor manufacturing: A productivity perspective study

Wen-Chih Chen*, Chen Fu Chien

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Recently, increasing attention has been focusing on the concept of the borderless fab, which expands capacity through a manufacturing strategy rather than capital investments. In a borderless fab, the capacity of several wafer fabs is pooled, and partially completed wafers are allowed to move from one fab to another. This paper proposes a model to evaluate the potential benefits of adopting capacity pooling from the macro-viewpoint. We demonstrate our model using actual full-scale fab-level operational data, and the result reveals that capacity pooling can improve monthly capacity by 3% on average.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3635-3652
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Production Research
Volume49
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - 15 Jun 2011

Keywords

  • borderless fab
  • capacity pooling
  • manufacturing strategy
  • performance evaluation
  • semiconductor manufacturing

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