SOURCE: Crossing Automation, Inc.

Crossing Automation, Inc.

May 01, 2012 08:00 ET

Crossing Automation Establishes Dedicated 450mm Business Unit

Strategic R&D Investments Drove Breakthrough Material Handling Solutions in 2011; New Business Unit 450mm GM and VP of Marketing Named to Support New Opportunities

FREMONT, CA--(Marketwire - May 1, 2012) - Crossing Automation, Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of fab and tool automation products, today announced the formation of a new business unit tasked with extending the company's lead in the development and delivery of 450mm wafer automation platforms. May Su has been promoted to vice president and general manager of the new 450mm division, while Michael Brain joins the company as vice president of marketing, chartered to continue Crossing's legacy of leading the market in developing innovative material handling solutions.

In 2011, Su spearheaded the company's 450mm R&D strategy and was responsible for the introduction of the industry's first comprehensive line of 450mm wafer handling products. As vice president of product marketing, Su was instrumental in the successful development and early adoption of the Certon™ 450mm loadport, Spartan™ 450mm sorter and Spartan 450mm Development Platform, an equipment front end module (EFEM). All products are currently shipping to fab and original equipment manufacturing customers.

"Our investment in 450mm products met with immediate success," said Su. "Crossing's line of 450mm products is based on our production-proven 300mm Spartan platform, currently installed in a sorter or EFEM configuration in every 300mm fab worldwide. We further innovated, drawing from our rich patent portfolio, adding features that address the unique challenges associated with 450mm wafers."

Crossing Automation's latest innovations address the new challenges inherent in 450mm wafer handling -- including increased weight, fragility and traveling distance. For example, to accommodate the larger wafers and carrier, which have a total mass of five times that of 300mm, Crossing's 450mm Certon and Spartan platforms incorporate the company's patent-pending Direct Force door closing mechanism to uniformly apply up to 390 newtons of force across all carrier doors including the front opening unified pod (FOUP), front opening shipping box (FOSB) and multi-application carrier (MAC). The Certon loadport also uses Crossing's patented "tilt-and-go" technology, resulting in the industry's only single-person serviceable loadport.

With Su's move to general manger, Brain, a pioneer of automated material handling solutions, was highly sought after to take on the position of vice president of marketing. Tasked with defining Crossing's future material handling products, Brain brings over 30 years of semiconductor fab automation expertise, including all aspects of product engineering and marketing. He was a pioneer in the development and commercialization of wafer and reticle handling standard mechanical interface (SMIF), auto ID, and high performance transport and buffering solutions. As a key contributor to the industry's conversion from manual, open cassette handling to SMIF-based full automation, Brain helped lead the first full implementation of SMIF automation at a leading foundry in Taiwan. Brain served as vice president, marketing and technology at Aquest Systems where he led the development and sales effort for the company's conveyor system; prior to that held multiple roles at Asyst Technologies including responsibility for system development and marketing.

"I am especially impressed with the number of significant new products Crossing brought to market in the past year," said Brain. "In particular, the groundbreaking design of the DARTS™ FOUP buffer has established a new generation of flexible, near-tool buffering devices. I look forward to building on Crossing's success by leading the development and delivery of additional advanced material handling solutions for the semiconductor and related industries."

Crossing's market-leading DARTS FOUP buffering system has proven its ability to reduce fab traffic, shorten delivery times and improve wafer storage and throughput in the production environment. Available in a floor or ceiling-mount configuration, the DARTS FOUP buffer increases tool utilization by up to 30 percent, while significantly reducing congestion and work-in-progress cycle times. It is also being sought out by equipment manufacturers looking for new options to deliver increased equipment productivity in a small footprint.

About Crossing Automation
Crossing Automation is a leading designer and manufacturer of fab and tool automation equipment, recognized for solving the critical issues facing today's semiconductor device and equipment companies. The company increases fab productivity and reduces equipment costs by consistently delivering fast, reliable 200mm, 300mm and 450mm wafer and carrier handling products, supported by sophisticated control software. The company's solutions are available in multiple configurations to address the customers' desire for maximum flexibility. For more information, visit

Contact Information

  • Crossing Automation Contacts
    May Su
    Vice President and General Manager 450mm Business Unit
    +1 510 661 5000
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    Michael Brain
    Vice President of Marketing
    +1 510 661 5000
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    Amy Smith
    Impress Labs
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    Agency Contact (Asia)
    Ina Chu
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