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Mobile Robot Revolutionizes Semiconductor Manufacturing Process

Semiconductor manufacturing requires pristine cleanrooms to ensure delicate silicon substrates are not subjected to foreign particulates that can land on the silicon and lead to defective products. Much of the production process has been automated to minimize exposure to these threats. However, up until now, some human efforts were required for material handling and transport from one station to another. KUKA and Cognex have teamed up to revolutionize the semiconductor production process by delivering a vision-guided mobile robot solution that can not only safely navigate a clean room with workers in it, but can accurately grip and transport trays of silicon substrates from one production area to another. Using this innovative solution, semiconductor manufacturers can achieve end-to-end automation of production and more towards the goal of "unmanned" cleanrooms. 


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