Micrel Reduces Fab Operating Costs Using Cypress Systems Wireless Gauge Readers
SAN JOSE, Calif.- Cypress Systems Corp., a subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:CY), announced today that Micrel has successfully installed its Wireless Gauge Reader system to automate the monitoring of legacy manual gauges at Micrel’s 150-mm manufacturing facility, which has a 30,000 wafer start per month capacity. The projected annual savings generated by this effort is estimated at about $215,000, with an investment payback period of less than seven months.
The innovative patent-pending Wireless Gauge Reader simply attaches to the front face of an existing gauge in minutes and transmits its reading wirelessly without the need to break seals, run wires, or perform leak checks and revalidation.
Micrel’s facility, similar to other fabs built in the 1980s, has hundreds of manual gauges which measure critical parameters on gas cylinders, pressure valves, and other numerous facilities equipment. Typically, key gauges are read manually twice a day, which requires valuable time from skilled technicians. In addition, gauge excursions may not be detected for up to several hours which can lead to unplanned downtime and scrap. Installing the Wireless Gauge Reader system helped Micrel to automate the gauge reading process, and as a result deliver savings in labor, reduced downtime, and lower consumables use (i.e. process gases). The system also provides easy to use software which allowed Micrel personnel to define and send early warning alarms to their computer, pager or cell phone in the event of excursions.
“The Cypress Systems Wireless Gauge Reader System allows Micrel facilities and maintenance to monitor legacy systems in a new efficient, non-disruptive way,” said Guy Gandenberger, Vice President, World Wide Operations for Micrel. “By providing real time data from over 50 plus gas systems instantly, Micrel saves time, money and effort by acting proactively rather than reactively to developing situations. We are very pleased with our purchase.”
“One of our key goals at Cypress Systems is to enable the latest automation functionality at older plants with a minimum of cost and disruption,” said Harry Sim, CEO of Cypress Systems.
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