SOURCE: ATMI Packaging

February 21, 2006 13:05 ET

ATMI Introduces Comprehensive Materials Management Solution

ATMI's nowTRAK Network Improves Semiconductor Production Efficiency With Materials Tracking, Control and Data Management

SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 21, 2006 --MICROLITHOGRAPHY CONFERENCE -- ATMI Packaging, (NASDAQ: ATMI) the source for process efficiency and leader in smart and active packaging for the global semiconductor industry, today introduced the nowTRAK™ Network, an advanced material control system combining RFID technology with powerful data management and control software. This innovative new system gives semiconductor manufacturers and their key suppliers a valuable new tool to increase efficiency and reduce costs.

The management of critical, high value chemicals and materials used in semiconductor manufacturing has historically been complicated due to annual increases in material requirements, such as number, type, complexity and cost. A growing need exists for a new approach, which moves beyond passive bar code and manual systems and delivers comprehensive, automated materials control and data management.

ATMI Packaging developed the nowTRAK Network to provide its customers with a comprehensive automated system. The solution provides the tracking and control of chemical containers and real time knowledge of the properties and condition of the chemistries inside those containers.

"As manufacturing complexity and costs increase, innovative packaging and material handling solutions become critical to realizing optimum process efficiency," said Dan Nelson, vice president and general manager, ATMI Packaging. "ATMI aligns itself closely with our customers and develops products specifically for their customized needs. nowTRAK Network is a technological breakthrough that demonstrates the benefits of listening and acting on our customers' needs."

nowTRAK Network is based on an interconnected series of RFID tracking and control modules, extending from the chemical supplier facility, through the supply chain, down to every point of consumption in the fab. This system provides a single comprehensive storehouse of the location, history, status and content properties of each individual RFID-tagged chemical container within the network. The control software implements user-defined business rules to control the movement and use of these chemistries, including process tool integration to control consumption based on chemical condition and validity. This comprehensive system provides value to multiple stakeholders including chemical suppliers, materials managers and process owners.

nowTRAK Network is currently in beta production and is expected to be publicly available in Q3 2006.

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Based in Minneapolis, Minn., ATMI Packaging, a part of ATMI, Inc. is the source for process efficiency and leader in smart and active materials handling for the global semiconductor industry. Delivering high quality materials-handling solutions, ATMI Packaging applies RFID technology with enhanced safety and functionality to increase the mobility of complex chemistries. Focused on the chemical supplier, semiconductor equipment supplier and chip-makers, its products and technologies are utilized worldwide by semiconductor and flat panel display companies. Recognized for its innovative NOWPak® containers and its critical materials management solutions, ATMI Packaging develops products that enhance yields and lower costs.


ATMI provides specialty materials and high-purity materials handling and delivery solutions to the worldwide semiconductor industry. For more information, please visit

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