December 13, 2005, 9am-11am
Mike discussed several SEMI EHS Standards in Balloting including a hydrogen peroxide guideline and expansion of the S12 Decontamination document. He also discussed newly approved/released SEMI standards including a revision of the S6 Chemical Heating Systems, an update of the S8 Ergonomic standard and the new S23 Energy Conservation standard. The new and updated standards appear to have a variety of charts and matrices that improve the use of these documents.
Some other tidbits: Mike pointed out that there are changes to the 2005 electrical code that require short circuit rating for machinery and industrial control panels; he mentioned the availability, free on line, of FM Global 7701 (Assessment Standard for Tools Used in the Semiconductor Industry); and release of a new book titled, "Semiconductor Industry Wafer Fab Exhaust Management" by Mike Sherer.
Phil was tied into the meeting via the Webex tele-video conference system. He discussed energy performance from an historical perspective in the semiconductor industry, provided data on how energy is used in fabs, provided some methods used to measure energy performance, including the recently released SEMI S23 for Energy Conservation, then shared a wide range of energy optimization projects. In summary, there is increased pressure to reduce energy use and reduced energy use is good business (reduced $$). Organizations including International Sematech are collaborating to meet semiconductor industry energy reduction goals, in part by developing tools for comparing energy performance and forums for sharing best practices.
The quality of the presentation and speaker was top notch! We are very appreciative that Phil was willing to make himself available to our Chapter.
IV. Roundtable - Member companies discussed current topics of concern, including the recent silane-related explosion in Taiwan and emergency power systems use and testing.
Note: This was our Chapter's first use of tele-video conferencing. The ability for us to hear from industry experts on timely topics using this format will be explored for future meetings.
The formal meeting was adjourned at approximately 11am.
The next meeting is tentatively scheduled at Seagate Technologies, Bloomington, MN in March 2006. The presenters will be students from University of Minnesota-Duluth and University of Wisconsin-Stout preparing for the SESHA annual conference.