Business Challenge

Semiconductor manufacturers are facing a difficult market environment today. Tight schedules, margin pressures and fluctuating demand create the need for a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) with the intelligence to optimize process efficiency. Soitec needed a proven MES to enable a fully automated non-stop manufacturing process to drive exponential growth in business and restart production in Singapore.

Transformation

IBM Services worked with Soitec to implement SiView IBM’s market leading MES providing a rich set of features and functions to enable dynamic adjustment of manufacturing capacity in response to demand fluctuations while minimizing production downtime.

Results

Fully automated smart manufacturing

increased efficiency of production environment and product quality

Highly resilient infrastructure

to ensure a clear back up and disaster recovery solution to avoid down time

A hybrid cloud environment

to support mission critical processes

Business challenge story

Need for a proven Manufacturing Execution System (MES)

Founded in 1992 and headquartered in Bernin, France, Soitec is a leading designer and manufacturer of Silicon-On-Insulator (SOI) wafers used to manufacture integrated circuits for smartphones, cars, datacenters, cloud and mobile telecommunications Infrastructures and the Internet of Things.

With an industry-leading market share of 65% to 70% percent, Soitec must expand its manufacturing capacity to meet customer demand and maintain its edge.

This led the company to create a new SOI production line in Singapore. A key element of the line would be the MES, a software platform with the intelligence to help Soitec automate manufacturing processes, increase product quality and quickly adapt to fluctuating demand. Soitec needed a proven MES to enable a fully automated non-stop manufacturing process that is 365/24/7.

We need a scalable solution to support our continuous manufacturing process to achieve 30% production growth this year.

Laurent Maumet, VP for Digital, Data and Quality, SOITEC

Transformation Story

Respond to demand fluctuations while minimizing production down

IBM Services worked with Soitec to implement SiView, a proprietary asset developed by IBM that is used by over half of all manufacturing companies globally. This solution is fundamental to support Soitec’s mission critical processes to create and manufacture their silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafers.

Using an agile approach to solution co-creation, IBM consultants adapted the rich SiView functionality to Soitec’s requirements. The team worked on gathering requirements and designing the MES architecture; customizing the solution and migrating data; integrating Soitec’s wafer manufacturing equipment and ERP system; and provisioning a computing infrastructure to power the solution.

For Soitec, IBM designed, delivered and configured the MES, which is running on IBM DB2 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

The completed MES is fundamental to Soitec’s processes for fabricating SOI wafers. It is designed to enable dynamic adjustment of manufacturing capacity in response to demand fluctuations while minimizing production downtime.

Results Story

A fully automated non-stop manufacturing process

The upgraded SiView solution provides Soitec with the essential business capabilities to support the production qualification and ramp up process. A fully automated non-stop smart manufacturing environment drives critical KPIs such as efficiency in production and product quality. A hyperconverged fully redundant highly available infrastructure platform to ensure zero down time.

By engaging IBM Services to implement the IBM SiView solution in its Singapore facility, Soitec became more effective in manufacturing SOI wafers. The MES connects all elements of wafer fabrication in a unified system for process automation and intelligent management of delivery schedules, expenses and quality. These benefits are expected to increase Soitec’s agility. By linking manufacturing processes with the supply chain, the SiView solution can help the company quickly expand its capacity to meet demand and maintain its leadership position.

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About Soitec

Soitec (Euronext Paris) is an industry leader in designing and manufacturing innovative semiconductor materials. The company uses its unique technologies and semiconductor expertise to serve the electronics markets. With more than 3,500 patents worldwide, Soitec's strategy is based on disruptive innovation to answer its customers' needs for high performance, energy efficiency and cost competitiveness. Soitec has manufacturing facilities, R&D centers and offices in Europe, the U.S. and Asia.
For more information, please visit www.soitec.com and follow us on Twitter: @Soitec_EN.

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