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Design, modeling and control of a modular contactless wafer handling system.

By Bassem Dahroug, Guillaume Laurent, Valerian Guelpa and Nadine Piat


International audienceIn the photovoltaic solar cell industry as in the semiconductor industry, efforts to reduce the thickness of silicon wafers are in progress. Wafer damage and breakage during handling can lead to unacceptable yields and alternative solutions have to be proposed. This paper presents a modular contact-free wafer handling system that responds to the industrial requirements in terms of throughput and flexibility. The system is based on simple unidirectional modules that can be assembled together to form the desired trajectory. A complete and accurate physical model of the modular system describing the motion of the wafer transported by directed air-jets is proposed. A decentralized control at the block level is realized to damp the object motion. The experimental results show a great reduction of the response time compared to free motion and a standard deviation of the servo error below the millimeter. In addition, simulations show that a 150 mm wafer could reach a speed up to 2.9 m/s on large conveyors

Topics: [INFO.INFO-DS]Computer Science [cs]/Data Structures and Algorithms [cs.DS], [SPI.AUTO]Engineering Sciences [physics]/Automatic
Publisher: HAL CCSD
Year: 2015
OAI identifier: oai:HAL:hal-02868219v1
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