Siemens FMCS for zero downtimes in semiconductor production

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In order to prevent wafers from defects caused by particles in the air, semiconductors are typically manufactured in a cleanroom environment. The customer needs a facility that is near 100 percent reliable with absolute zero allowance for down time. In this regard, Siemens hosted a webinar on how to achieve zero downtimes in semiconductor production?

Magdi El-Awdan, Senior Manager for Global FMCS Solutions, Digital Industries AG Siemens, first explained FMCS, or facility monitoring and control system. FMCS supports the plant infrastructure and utilities. These include HVAC, ultra pure water (UPW), waste water treatment (WWT), gases and chemicals, low and medium voltage distribution, fire safety and security.

FMCS scope
Customers have essential requirements throughout the industry. Digitalization is now the enabler to optimize production. Siemens supports customers to become future-proof. There are concepts and technology to achieve the next level of productivity. You start with product design, to process and plant design, on to engineering, operation, and services.

There is optimization throughout digitalization. There are integrated engineering information and processes, and the execution of operation and maintenance tasks. FMCS allows optimum efficiency, increased reliability, higher quality, smarter decisions, and greater flexibility in optimization.

FMCS integrates all the disciplines into one central database. Fast and error-free data transfer can be done with the SIMATIC process control system (PCS 7) plant automation accelerator. There is data synchronization, such as control module types, control modules, etc. Siemens also made available the PCS 7 documentation for HVAC with control module types (CMT).

How it works?
Siemens has the central project management and engineering backbone. It helps maintain the same quality. The multi-disciplinary plant engineering from Siemens leads to time saving and quality improvements in projects. There are new ways of co-operation among the customer, process designer, and Siemens.

The customer and Siemens work on the same data. There are services with lifecycle management based on COMOS, the plant engineering software solution from Siemens. Data can be exchanged and updated via the COMOS working layer in pure digital format to avoid any data loss or inconsistency. From an integrated engineering to integrated operation, the result of the engineering is the COMOS Digital Twin.

There are services with the Siemens Lifecycle Management Suite. There is the integration and mapping of system data that enables efficient maintenance functions. Siemens happens to the first DCS company with TUV IEC 62443-4-1 security certificate. Siemens has been supporting customers remotely during the pandemic.

IIoT edge and cloud solution
Siemens also has the MindSphere IoT-operation system for customers. MindApps is the data analytics app. MindSphere is the cloud-based IoT OS connecting OT to the IT environment. MindConnect is the plug-and-play connectivity for the quick connection of Siemens’ assets and open standards (eg. OPC UA) to the other assets. It offers secure and encrypted data communications.

Magdi El-Awdan.

Siemens Mendix is an app development platform bringing cloud to all users. It includes low-code application development environment, app services that make Siemens domain expertise available, and powerful integration capability to connect to any system or data source.

Siemens edge devices can be connected to the FMCS. You can select the information to be shared on the cloud with MindSphere. It makes data interchange very easy. An example is the valve monitoring app. You can increase the plant availability, and reduce maintenance cost through predictive maintenance. You can also increase the transparency on valve and positioner quality, as well.

Examples of AT&S PCB production in China and Osram Opto Semiconductor LED chip fab in Penang, Malaysia, were also presented. FMC enables the same standard everywhere. There is higher plant availability, better data quality, cost reduction, IIoT ecosystem, etc.

Johannes Roeck, Business Developer Electronic Industry, Siemens, was the moderator. Siemens Digital Industries focus is on customer needs with software, automation and services.

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