Newsletters - October 2000
Welcome to SGT's now-and-then Newsletter. It's hard to believe that
more than a year has passed since we last committed pen to paper.
A lot has happened in that time so let's get on with it.
New People at SGT
Colin Wardle joined us in April to help in the admin side
of the business. Colin is fast becoming a Jack-of-all-Trades around
Scott Morrison is the latest addition to the SGT fold. He
started his career with National in Greenock in 1989, spent a pleasant
3 years at Seagate and joined us in June after a brief spell with
Kokusai. Scott is looking after our service engineering functions.
Over the years we have trail blazed the UK territory for some of
the industries most prestigious companies - such as Lam Research
and Semitool. No matter how good the company, it's always difficult
to grab the customers attention.
To illustrate my point; in 1985 a customer told me "The last thing
the industry needs is another plasma etch supplier!" He was talking
about the then unknown Lam Research!!
So it's a welcome change for us to announce our arrangement with
"household name" Matrix to provide sales and service support
for their ever expanding range of plasma strip and etch tools. The
latest addition is the 150-200mm single wafer cassette-to-cassette Bobcat. You don't need a spreadsheet to figure that the Bobcat offers very low Cost-of Ownership:
competitive price (call us on 01698 307070)
recent recession there was a lot of demand for quality used
equipment. RiteTrack supply
remanufactured 86 & 88 Series coat and develop track systems
as well as their own new track systems for coat, develop and
substrate cleaning (aqueous, solvent and Megasonic)
in Israel and founded by ex Intel engineers supply unique tools
for the industry. Their external torch systems for diffusion
furnaces are used throughout the industry. Recent innovations
include a post furnace burn box that allows high hydrogen concentration
anneals. Another unusual product is their CV dot masks for single
wafer sputter systems.
we told you about Chang Min Tech.
Their automatic 4 point probe systems are proving to be very
popular. One consistent theme has been the disbelief that we
can provide a system that competes in functionality with systems
costing 3 times the price. Our demo system has proved our claims.
Call if you would like to see for yourself.
| Poly-Flow continues to surprise
us. It almost seems that they go out of their way to prove that
they can design an automatic cleaning system for anything - how about a 25 foot long version of a tube cleaner for cleaning
fibre rods. The latest innovation that we're only beginning
to get information on is a test wafer recovery/recycling station.
have recently installed our first ASI plasma diagnostic system
at a Scottish wafer fab. ASI describe the Hercules as "utilising
the Self Excited Electron Resonance Spectroscopy (SEERS) which
provides volume and reciprocally averaged values of electron
collision rate, electron density and bulk power dissipated in
the plasma body for effective process monitoring and optimisation"
Couldn't have put it better myself! Among other things Hercules
is ideal for
We've been running technology training seminars at Strathclyde University
since 1987. Out of curiosity we trawled through our records and
were surprised to find that over 1400 students from all over Europe
have participated. We've also had people coming from Canada, Israel
and Saudi Arabia. Semiconductor Process Technology seminar and Yield/Failure
Analysis seminar will both be run in May and September 2001.
SGT Web Site
Entering the 21st Century without a web presence was a bit embarrassing
to a "high tech" company - so it was with great pleasure and no
small relief to recently unveil our web site at: www.sgtsiliconglen.com
On the web site you will find:
List of our
All linked together for easy navigation. We plan to add more features
and expand the information included so any feedback or suggestions
will be welcome.
The following carries the usual disclaimers; no resemblance to persons
living or dead etc.
That's it folks. We'll try to get the next
Newsletter out before you all retire - but if you do retire leave
a forwarding address. We know that you would hate to miss it.