May 27, 2004 — Applied Materials Inc. and Praxair Electronics, a division of Praxair Inc., have announced a joint initiative program to streamline fab operations for semiconductor manufacturers.
The joint initiative will provide fab-wide Commodity Consumables Services (CCS) to semiconductor manufacturers worldwide.
CCS, which will be marketed by Applied Materials, is aimed at streamlining the efficiency and lowering the cost of customer fab operations. It offers a one-stop shopping service for a wide range of generic commodity consumable items that are critical to the maintenance and operation of all wafer fabrication equipment.
Customers using CCS will be provided with supply chain management, planning, inventory consignment and point-of-use delivery for generic commodity consumable items such as o-rings, seals, fasteners, filters and other parts required to run a semiconductor fab.
The service is intended to eliminate the need for semiconductor manufacturers to deal with multiple vendors of thousands of commodity consumable parts, thus simplifying operations, enhancing productivity and potentially lowering fab costs.