SOURCE: ClassOne Equipment

ClassOne Equipment

February 07, 2012 08:00 ET

Outsourcing Trend: Semiconductor Fabs Need Service and Support for Legacy Tools From Refurbished Equipment Suppliers

ClassOne Equipment Expands Staff to Service and Support KLA-Tencor Legacy Tools to Address Growing Demand

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - Feb 7, 2012) - Refurbished semiconductor equipment supplier ClassOne Equipment has bolstered its staff and added maintenance and service for KLA-Tencor legacy equipment to answer a growing demand from its customer base. ClassOne Equipment now offers service for the AIT, SP1 and SP2 platforms of KLA-Tencor defect inspection tools.

ClassOne also announced that they have added industry veterans Lyn Bursey, senior metrology technician, and Ed Dukats, service manager, to their staff to specifically support the KLA AIT, SP1 and SP2 systems worldwide. The new additions bring the current ClassOne Equipment staff to 40 employees.

Outsourcing Trend: Support and Service
Established 150mm and 200mm fabs are increasingly outsourcing support and service for legacy tools to reduce maintenance costs within the fab. For "super" legacy tools, such as the KLA AIT1 (defect inspection), UV-1050 (thin film measurement) and 5200 (overlay registration), fabs often look to secondary equipment suppliers as the best place to obtain support and service. The cost savings on service and parts can be significant and on certain super legacy tools the OEMs no longer inventory parts or provide service.

Joanne Itow, Semico Research analyst and major contributor to a report produced by Semico and SEMI about the secondary and services market, confirmed the trend: "Most manufacturing facilities have already maximized equipment productivity and process yields and are looking for more efficiencies by increasing wafer size. So these factories are now looking to the secondary equipment suppliers to help reduce costs by providing refurbishment, servicing and spare parts for 150mm and 200mm capacity."

"We can keep these legacy tools running longer," said Byron Exarcos, founder of ClassOne Equipment. "For the 'super' legacy tools specifically, those that are 10 to 20 years old, it's getting more and more difficult for fabs to get maintenance, service and parts from the OEM. I think that's one of the reasons that third party refurbishers have really flourished over the past several years. We've been growing the company to support these equipment sets because our customers are asking for that service. Our goal is to become the leading supplier of legacy tools and service for the KLA-Tencor product mix."

To inquire about ClassOne Equipment's service offerings for legacy KLA-Tencor tools, contact ClassOne at (770) 808-8708 or email sales@classoneequipment.com.

About ClassOne Equipment
ClassOne Equipment is a leading supplier of high-quality refurbished equipment to the semiconductor, MEMS, LED and emerging technologies markets. The company carries an extensive inventory of refurbished wafer fabrication and metrology equipment from top manufacturers such as KLA-Tencor, Hitachi, SUSS MicroTec, EVG, STS and Semitool at prices up to 65 percent less than the cost of a new tool. Its turnkey solution includes refurbishment to original specifications, industry-leading 3 or 6-month warranties, and installation and training by experienced technicians. Service, maintenance, and spare parts support is provided on all tools. Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, ClassOne has 40 full-time employees. For more information, please visit us at www.ClassOneEquipment.com.

Contact Information

  • Company Contact:
    Byron Exarcos
    +1-770-808-8708
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    Agency Contact:
    Bruce Kirkpatrick
    Kirkpatrick Communications
    925.244.9100
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