What Do You Mean by Good Recipe Management?

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The obstacles that come with a well-executed product flow are all too familiar to equipment operators, production managers, and process engineers. While many aspects of product flow execution are handled by the manufacturing execution system (MES), which is critical in many factories, recipe management capabilities such as recipe body management and version tracking, as well as recipe download and selection at the equipment level, may not be available. Recipe management becomes a difficult chore for shop floor staff without these competencies. 

As a result, manufacturers prefer automated recipe management systems because of their efficiency, accuracy, and potential to increase process controls. This is especially true in semiconductor fabs, where recipe integrity and confidentiality are critical, and recipe data must be recorded for traceability to meet quality compliance and requirements. 

For the purposes of this discussion, let’s quickly identify and explain some terminology and logistics associated with recipe management. When a manufacturing order is placed for a specific product, it is made according to a set of process steps known as a “product flow.” Each process step in the product flow is allocated to a specific machine and is accompanied by a set of instructions, or “recipe,” that details the equipment’s precise settings for the product’s processing program. 

To begin a process step, identify the product to be processed and set up the equipment according to the recipe parameters for that equipment and product (such as temperature, pressure, processing time, etc.). After that, the product is placed on the equipment, processed, and queued for the next step.

 

Benefits

1) Recipe selection is automated.

2) Reduction in the amount of time it takes to set up the equipment

3) Recipe bodies are stored and managed centrally.

4) Recipe maintenance has been made easier.

5) Quality management initiatives that are automated and digitized

Check out our article on The Benefits of an Advanced PLM Application

Boost Quality and Yield

To improve product quality and yield, recipe management systems can use data from advanced process control (APC) systems to expand capabilities for real-time, automated process adjustments based on the outcome of a product at a certain stage.

 

Increase the Efficiency of Your Equipment and the Amount of Work Output

Rules are used by recipe management systems to determine the optimal recipe for a given situation. Using recipe groups with similar processing requirements in order, for example, you can save intermediate equipment conditioning stages. Manufacturers reap the most benefits from event-driven dispatching systems in terms of decreased equipment setup times, increased equipment usage, and increased throughput.

 

Increase Throughput and Equipment Utilization

Recipe management systems employ rules to find the optimal recipe for a particular situation. Using recipe groups that have comparable processing requirements in order, for example, you can avoid intermediate equipment conditioning procedures. Manufacturers reap the greatest benefits in terms of decreased equipment setup times, increased equipment utilization, and increased throughput when event-driven dispatching systems are used.

 

Functions

Finally, the features and functionalities of an automated RMS range from basic to extremely complicated, and they can be customized to meet the needs of the maker. RMS do the following tasks in addition to automating recipe selection:

  • Keep track of and document recipe changes

  • Keep track of recipe variants and states

  • User permissions management

 

Final Thoughts

KloudPLM is the most flexible, comprehensive Cloud First platform to support your product lifecycle strategies. Our platform provides a Single, Secure Solution to connect People, Systems, and Processes to help Organizations deliver Product Success. Schedule a demo today to learn more. 

 

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