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Mechanical

Executive Summary:

This case study explores the application of Fabbuilder in the mechanical design process of a semiconductor fabrication plant. By leveraging Fabbuilder's advanced algorithms, the facility experienced significant improvements in the efficiency and effectiveness of its mechanical systems design, leading to cost savings and enhanced operational performance.

Background:

The mechanical design of semiconductor fabrication plants is a critical factor in ensuring the functionality and efficiency of the manufacturing process. Traditional methods often lead to over-engineered systems with inflated costs and complexity. Fabbuilder was introduced to streamline the design process and optimize the mechanical utility systems

Challenges:

The facility faced several mechanical design challenges, including:

  • Overcapacity of Load Point of Connections (LPOCs) leading to unnecessary complexity.

  • Inefficient placement of laterals causing increased material use and system footprint.

  • Suboptimal design capacity per lateral, resulting in either underutilisation or overextension of resources.

  • Excessive mean line lengths, increasing material costs and installation time.

Fabbuilder's Implementation:

Fabbuilder's AI-driven platform was employed to address these challenges. Key performance metrics were established to evaluate the effectiveness of Fabbuilder's mechanical design optimisation:

Results:

The implementation of Fabbuilder led to a mechanical design that was not only more efficient but also cost-effective:

 

  • Reduction in material usage due to fewer laterals and a more compact design.

  • Decreased labor and installation time as a result of reduced line lengths.

  • Improved system performance with optimized capacity utilization.

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The Numbers

Traditional vs Fabbuilder

Details
Traditional Methods
Fabbuilder
Sum of Length
29016M
29313M
Max Length
123M
30M
Mean line Length
15.7M
15.8
Lateral Fill Rate
42%
88%
Demand
804
1463
Capacity per lateral
1846
1664
Laterals Placed
80
44
Number of Connections
1851
1851
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