Testing the Robustness of Two-Boundary Control Policies in Semiconductor Manufacturing

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Transactions on Semiconductor Manufacturing, Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 285-288, 1996

4 Pages Posted: 22 Jun 2009 Last revised: 31 Jan 2019

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Houmin Yan

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - Department of Systems Engineering & Engineering Management

Sheldon Lou

Independent

Suresh Sethi

University of Texas at Dallas - Naveen Jindal School of Management

Anne Gardel

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Prabhat Deosthali

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: 1996

Abstract

A simulation model based on a real wafer fabrication is used to investigate the robustness of the two boundary (TB) production control strategy to the existing uniform loading policy used in a semiconductor fab. Our findings confirm that the TB policy is the most robust of all when random interference, such as machine breakdowns and demand variations, exist. It is also observed that the performance of the wafer fabrication facility under investigation can be improved significantly in terms of reducing cycle time, decreasing work-in-progress (WIP), and cutting down inventory cost.

Keywords: wafer fabrication, production control, robust policy, unreliable machines, cycle time reduction, WIP reduction, semiconductor manufacuring, two-boundary policy, inventory problem

JEL Classification: M11, C61

Suggested Citation

Yan, Houmin and Lou, Sheldon and Sethi, Suresh and Gardel, Anne and Deosthali, Prabhat, Testing the Robustness of Two-Boundary Control Policies in Semiconductor Manufacturing (1996). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Transactions on Semiconductor Manufacturing, Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 285-288, 1996. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1416936

Houmin Yan

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - Department of Systems Engineering & Engineering Management ( email )

Shatin, New Territories
Hong Kong

Sheldon Lou

Independent ( email )

No Address Available

Suresh Sethi (Contact Author)

University of Texas at Dallas - Naveen Jindal School of Management ( email )

800 W. Campbell Road, SM30
Richardson, TX 75080-3021
United States

Anne Gardel

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Prabhat Deosthali

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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