SEMI International Standards
Standards New Activity Report Form (SNARF)
Date Prepared: 09/25/2009Revised (if Applicable):

Document Number: 4803
SNARF for: New Standard: Specification for Wafer and Cell Transport Carriers for use in crystalline PV Manufacturing

Originating Global Technical Committee: Photovoltaic (PV) - Automation
Originating TC Chapter: Europe
Task Force (TF) in which work is to be carried out: PV Transport Carrier Task Force
Note: If a new task force is needed, also submit a task force organization form (TFOF)

1. Rationale:
a. Describe the need or problem addressed by this activity.
(Indicate the customer, what benefits they will receive, and if possible, quantify the impact on the return on investment [ROI] if the Document is implemented.)
One basic prerequisite for building high efficient, highly automated PV Fabs is a competitive material (wafer, cell) handling.
Actually PV manufacturers and equipment suppliers are spending a lot of time and effort enabling a sufficient material handling within their production lines. By relaying on standardized material handling PV manufacturers will be able to focus on their key competences.
Carrier standard(s) will also enable standardization of load ports of equipments, and transport systems. This will result in direct and indirect cost savings throughout the whole supply chain, less risk during ramp up and less effort for integration of the production line.

b. Estimate effect on industry.
2: Major effect on an industry sector - identify the relevant sector
Sector or Company Information:

c. Estimate technical difficulty of the activity.
III: Difficult - Limited expertise and resources exist and/or achieving consensus difficult

2. Scope:
a: Describe the technical areas to be covered or addressed by this Document development activity. For Subordinate Standards, list common concepts or criteria that the Subordinate Standard inherits from the Primary Standard, as well as differences from the Primary Standard:

The taskforce plans to focus on a standard for at least 3 types of material transport entities:

1. Transport box: All types of transport entities where the product (cell/wafer) has physical contact to other products (cell/wafer).

2. Transport box (with belts): All types of transport entities where the product (cell/wafer) has physical contact to other products (cells/wafer) and is additional fixed / guided by mechanical manipulation.

3. Transport carrier: All types of transport entities where the product has no physical contact to other products.

The taskforce will focus on 156 mm by 156 mm product size. Adapters for smaller sizes will be also considered.
The taskforce will not specify process carrier (e.g. for wet processing).
The taskforce will not specify load ports.
The taskforce will not specify transport systems.

b: Expected result of activity
New Standard

For a new Subordinate Standard, identify the Primary Standard here:

For Standards, identify the Standard Subtype below:

Miscellaneous (describe below):

3. Projected Timetable for Completion:

a: General Milestones
a. Activity Start: 09/01/2009b. 1st Draft by: 01/01/2010
c. (Optional) Informational Ballot by: d. Letter Ballot by: 04/01/2010
e. TC Chapter Approval By:09/01/2010

4. Liaisons with other Global Technical Committees/TC Chapters/Subcommittees/TFs:
List global technical committees, TC Chapters, subcommittees, or task forces in your or other Regions/Locales that should be kept informed regarding the progress of this activity. (Refer to SEMI Standards organization charts and global technical committee charters as needed.)
North America – PV Carrier TF
Japan – PV EIS TF
Europe – PV EIS TF
North America – PV Materials TF
Taiwan – PV EIS Coordination WG

b. Intercommittee Ballots:

Identify the recipient global technical committee(s):

5. Safety Considerations:
The resulting document is expected:
NOT to be a Safety Guideline

NOTE FOR "to be a Safety Guideline": When all safety-related information is removed from the Document, the Document is NOT technically sound and complete - Refer to Section 15.1 of the Regulations for special procedures to be followed.

NOTE FOR "NOT to be a Safety Guideline": When all safety-related information is removed from the Document, the Document is still technically sound and complete.

6. Intellectual Property Considerations:
a. For a new Standard or Safety Guideline and for any part to be modified or added in a Revision of published Standards and Safety Guidelines:
the use of patented technology or a copyrighted item(s) is NOT required

If "patented technology is intended to be included in the proposed Standard(s) or Safety Guideline(s) " is selected above, then also check one:

b. For Revision, Reapproval, Reinstatement, or Withdrawal of existing Standard(s) and Safety Guideline(s):

c. The body of the Document and any Appendices, Complementary Files, Related Information sections, or Various Materials that may or may not be a part of the Document by reference:
will NOT include copyrighted material

NOTE FOR "the use of patented technology or a copyrighted item(s) is NOT required": If in the course of developing the document, it is determined that patented technology or copyrighted item(s) must be used to comply with the standard or safety guideline, the provisions of Section 16 of the Regulations must be followed.)

NOTE FOR "will include reproduced copyrighted material": A copyright release letter must be obtained from the copyright owner.

7. Comments, Special Circumstances:
It is intended to raise this activity to a global one within the next 6-12 month.

8. TC Member Review:

Member Review Start Date; None.
Member Review End Date: None.

NOTE FOR ‘TC Member Review’ is required by the Regulations for a period of at least two weeks
before approval of a new, or a major revision of an existing, Standard or Safety Guideline. (See Regulations 8.2.1)
9.. SNARF Approval Dates:
TC Chapter or GCS09/22/2009
Recorded in TC Minutes
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