“I was asked to provide an equipment interface within a project timeline that is ‘common for the industry’. …my software solution provider is not 100% sure this timeline is feasible.”
“With camLine’s Equipment Connector there is no programming involved. Complex program code and even the interface documentation are being automatically generated. Creating a data interface becomes a matter of hours – not days!”
“I was asked to provide an equipment interface fully adhering to all my customers standards and specifications. …such highly complex interface is not really within my core competency.”
“camLine’s Equipment Connector enables OEMs to interface their equipment via plug & play concept with their customers manufacturing domain. The best thing about it: the plug & play configuration is that easy that it can even be done in Microsoft Excel.”
“I was asked to implement an equipment interface for very little to almost no additional cost. …my solution provider quoted for me a lot of money to do it.”
“The first Equipment Connector you buy from camLine comes with a starter package that also includes 2 days of training and 3 days of telephone support. For every further Equipment Connector you simply procure a license key from camLine.”
The InFrame Synapse Equipment Connector allows an OEM to add a data interface to nearly any equipment PLC, with minimal effort! Well known examples of such data interfaces are SEMI SECS/GEM, SEMI PV02 or CONTINENTAL GHP. Either way no detailed knowledge on the underlying protocol or its architecture is required for the PLC programmer. The configuration and documentation is easily done with a single Excel spreadsheet: PLC function blocks, configuration, and documentation are created by simply clicking on a button.
Many protocols and standards allow for highly flexible collection of information from manufacturing equipment. All the communication details for such standards (i.e. SEMI SECS/GEM) are entirely handled by the InFrame Synapse Equipment Connector. The PLC just needs to expose relevant information (status, events, alarms, and services) to the InFrame Synapse Equipment Connector.
Based on the implementation of the widely used SEMI PV2 standard (including SECS/GEM) for photovoltaic equipment integration, the well-established Equipment-Connector has been extended by the following SEMI standards: E39, E87 and E90. These standards are subsumed and referred to as GEM 300. GEM 300 contains all the new features necessary to cope with the equipment integration challenges arising in manufacturing sites producing wafers with a diameter of 300 mm and more. This is the first Equipment-Connector release supporting GEM 300.
InFrame Synapse Equipment-Connector (EQC) is easy to use even for non SECS/GEM experts. It allows equipment providers and plant automation managers to supply their equipment with a SECS/GEM compliant interface with minimal effort. No detailed knowledge about the underlying protocols is required. The configuration and documentation is easily done with a single Excel spreadsheet: PLC function blocks, configuration, and documentation are created by the click of a button.
The SECS/GEM standard allows a highly flexible process data recording. All details of the SEMI GEM 300 compliant process data recording are entirely handled by EQC. The PLC just needs to send the relevant process data and alarms to EQC.
All major PLC products are supported; other PLC products can be integrated on request. The configuration of EQC is the same for all PLC types. EQC also supports equipment which are not controlled by a PLC but a PC. For Windows and Linux, libraries for C and C++ are available. All major compilers are supported.
EQC is separated in two layers: One layer runs as PLC FBs that are specifically designed to impact the performance of your PLC as little as possible: Process data or alarms are just sent without any processing or transformation. The second layer is implemented as a standard PC application that does all the processing required by SEMI GEM 300 or the other optional MES interfaces.
Besides supporting SEMI SECS/GEM & SEMI PV2 standard for the semiconductor industry, IQC now supports other types of MES interfaces on request. Currently available are storing process data in all major database types and various XML types.