November 6, 2001 – San Jose, CA – Electroglas Inc. has formed a new software division, EG Soft, that is entering the market with an integrated portfolio of software products to help semiconductor manufacturers improve throughput and yield.
The EG Soft product line is comprised of a Web-based software infrastructure and a set of integrated applications and tools. Manufacturers can use these tools to apply their internal domain knowledge to the ongoing improvement and refinement of manufacturing processes. Designed for ‘collaborative process management,’ this scalable software infrastructure and products allow manufacturers to readily share information and analysis throughout the manufacturing enterprise to create a highly flexible and responsive operation, Electroglas said.
“The future of the semiconductor industry depends on equipment suppliers providing the necessary tools to achieve Moore’s Law,” said Curt Wozniak, Electroglas CEO. “Fifty percent of this reduction in cost will occur through improvement in yield and equipment efficiency. To accomplish this will require suppliers that understand hardware and software systems and the need to produce, correlate, manage, and analyze data throughout the production process. EG Soft gives us the essential tools and people to augment our world-class wafer probers and wafer inspection systems.”
Joe LaChapelle, Electroglas VP of engineering, has been appointed VP and GM of EG Soft.
EG Soft incorporates the development and support organizations of Electroglas’ existing software groups, including Electroglas’ sort floor automation group and subsidiaries Knight’s Technology and Statware. The EG Soft organization consists of approximately 120 people, including product developers, applications engineers, and worldwide sales and support staff.
EG Soft offers a complete software portfolio that covers failure analysis, yield management, statistical process control (SPC), e-diagnostics, overall equipment efficiency (OEE), and automated process control (APC), according to the company.