SEMI is the common name for the Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International.
Since 1970 SEMI has represented the collective interests of the semiconductor industry worldwide, acting as its advocate in areas of public policy, environment, health and safety, workforce development and investor relations.
With a membership drawn from companies and organisations working within both the semiconductor sector and associated industries, SEMI provides a wide range of services, from arranging conferences and exhibitions to market data collection and analysis. It also fulfils a vital regulatory function, working to ensuring that semiconductor industry products and processes are of the highest and most consistent quality possible.
The SEMI International Standards Programme was launched in the 1970's; its aims being to ensure that both quality and safety levels within the industry were maintained whilst supporting open markets and lower costs. At present there are twelve groups of SEMI Standards, covering everything from Gases to Packaging to Automation Software. A specific letter denotes each group, with Packaging for example being denoted by the letter 'G'.
Meeting SEMI standards is not compulsory. It is becoming increasingly common however, for companies working within the semiconductor industry to require that their suppliers and partners meet the applicable SEMI Standards. Companies and organisations not applying SEMI standards to their services and products can often find themselves at a commercial disadvantage in a highly competitive marketplace.
Technology International is an Affiliate Member of SEMI and has been active within the semiconductor industry since the 1990’s. With its expertise in mechanical and electrical safety and regulatory compliance, Technology International offers independent assessments to the SEMI Safety Guidelines.
The SEMI Safety Guidelines (or 'S' standards) are intended to ensure that all machinery or systems used in the semiconductor industry meets common safety requirements. There are twenty-five separate standards, ranging from S1 - Safety Guideline for Equipment Safety Labels, to S25 - Safety Guideline for Hydrogen Peroxide Storage and Handling System. In order for a machine or system to meet the applicable standards it must be evaluated by an independent third party. The evaluation must be conducted in line with the procedures laid down in S7 - Safety Guidelines for Environmental, Safety, and Health (ESH) Evaluation of Semiconductor Manufacturing Equipment.
Technology International, with its extensive experience and highly qualified staff, meets the requirements for independent third party assessors specified in SEMI standard S7. Since 1996 Technology International has conducted third party evaluations of machines and systems to SEMI S Standards on behalf of a wide range of clients including:
Assessments are conducted at clients' premises, removing the need to transport often sensitive and bulky equipment to specialist test facilities. This allows Technology International's assessment services to remain efficient and cost effective for clients.
In addition to conducting assessments Technology International provides clients with further SEMI support services. These include conducting design reviews against SEMI standards and providing advice and training on meeting the standards' technical requirements.
For companies and organisations wishing to supply their products to the ever-expanding semiconductor industry, SEMI assessments are a mark of quality that can prove a useful marketing tool. Technology International provides manufacturers with tailored, cost effective solutions for ensuring their products comply with the SEMI standards and for demonstrating that this is the case.
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