Facility Planning for TFT-LCD Array Fab
Facility planning is crucial to the performance of array fabs in Thin Film Transistor - Liquid Crystal Display (TFT-LCD) industry. In order to avoid costly changes and modifications of fab layouts at the installation or production stages, the designers should carefully evaluate design alternatives and then select the best one during the design stage. A TFT-LCD manufacturing process consists of four basic processes: array, color filter, cell, and module. This research proposes an Array Fab Design Procedure (AFDP) to conduct quick calculations to develop and evaluate initial design alternatives for TFT-LCD array fabs. A series of practical formulae are presented to sequentially determine the related design parameters. The proposed AFDP provides a basis for rapid modeling and evaluation of array fab designs. AFDP is developed in Microsoft Visual Basic and data from real array fabs are used to demonstrate its effectiveness and efficiency. Results indicate that AFDP can quickly calculate the related fab design parameters. “Job shop with small bays” leads to the least average sheet moving distance. With AFDP as a tool, fab designers can evaluate design alternatives and conduct what-if analysis in the initial phase of fab design.
Daizhong Su, Qingbin Zhang and Shifan Zhu
J. C. Chen et al., "Facility Planning for TFT-LCD Array Fab", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 419-420, pp. 641-644, 2010