Is the Semiconductor Industry Ready for Industry 4.0 and the IIoT?

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September 27, 2016 at 1 p.m. ET

Free to attend

Length: Approximately one hour

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An industrial revolution is in the making, equivalent some say to the introduction of steam power at the tail end of the 18th century. Known as smart manufacturing, Industry 4.0 (after the German initiative Industrie 4.0), the industrial internet of things (IIoT), or simply the fourth industrial revolution, the movement will radically change how manufacturing is done. Greater connectivity and information sharing — enabled by new capabilities in data analytics, remote monitoring and mobility — will lead to increased efficiency and reduced costs. There will be a paradigm shift from “centralized” to “decentralized” production. Semiconductor manufacturing has long been thought of as the most advanced manufacturing process in the world, but it’s not clear if long-held beliefs about how proprietary data, such as process recipes, are managed. Industry experts will examine the potential for the semiconductor factory of the future, and discuss potential roadblocks.


thomas_sondermanTom Sonderman, Vice President and General Manager, Software Business Unit 

Thomas Sonderman is vice president and general manager of Rudolph’s Integrated Solutions Group. He previously served as vice president of manufacturing technology at GLOBALFOUNDRIES. Prior to GLOBALFOUNDRIES he spent more than 20 years with AMD, where he held numerous executive management and engineering positions. Sonderman is the author of over 45 patents and has published numerous articles in the area of manufacturing technology. He received a BS in Chemical Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology and an MBA in electrical engineering from National Technological University.

Cimetrix-Alan_Weber_copyAlan Weber, Vice President, New Product Innovations, Cimetrix

Alan Weber is currently the Vice President, New Product Innovations for Cimetrix Incorporated. Previously he served on the Board of Directors for eight years before joining the company as a full-time employee in 2011. Alan has been a part of the semiconductor and manufacturing automation industries for over 40 years. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from Rice University.

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