Schneider Electric Launches Semi F47 Initiative to Reduce Power Quality Problems for Microelectronics Industry

First Industry Supplier With Broad Portfolio of Compliant Electrical Products

Jul 23, 2002, 01:00 ET from Schneider Electric

    PALATINE, Ill., July 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Introducing a broad portfolio of
 electrical and industrial control products that resist voltage sags,
 electrical industry leader Square D / Schneider Electric today announced a
 global initiative to provide semiconductor manufacturers and equipment makers
 with products that comply with SEMI F47, the industry standard designed to
 reduce the impact of voltage sags on process equipment.
     EPRI, the Electric Power Research Institute, has certified dozens of the
 company's products as SEMI F47-compliant, including contactors, relays, drives
 and DC power supplies.  Schneider Electric has also introduced a number of new
 products to help equipment overcome voltage sags, including a new low voltage
 ride through module for contactors and relays and an innovative electronic sag
 protector aimed at mitigating sags for complete equipment protection of
 critical sub-systems.
     "Given the cost associated with downtime and damaged product, finding ways
 to overcome poor power quality is one of the most important issues facing the
 semiconductor industry today," said Matthew Douglas, Microelectronics
 Marketing Manager for Schneider Electric in North America.  "It can take
 several hours to days to re-calibrate and re-qualify a fabrication line
 affected by even minor voltage sags and surges."
     "With our recent acquisition of Accusine for harmonics and EFI Corp. for
 surge protection solutions," added Douglas, "we have now expanded our
 solutions to address additional power quality problems that have a devastating
 effect on computers and electronic sub-systems used in wafer processing,
 testing and handling equipment, adding to the already significant production
     The average wafer fabrication plant suffers as much as 30 percent downtime
 and significant lost production, much of it caused by voltage sags and dirty
 power.  The negative impact on production yields of poor quality power will
 only grow with the transition to 300mm wafers.  The goal of SEMI F47, which
 was issued by International SEMATECH, a global consortium of some of the
 world's largest semiconductor chip makers, is for process equipment and
 components to be able to ride through power problems and maintain production.
     The power coils used in contactors, relays, drives and other industrial
 controls in semiconductor manufacturing equipment are most susceptible to
 dirty power.  Thousands of coils are found in the process equipment and
 facilities of the average wafer fabrication plant.
     Schneider Electric, one of the world's leading suppliers of electrical,
 industrial control and automation products for microelectronics applications,
 has dedicated significant resources to developing sag-resistant equipment
 solutions that can be applied globally.  The company has introduced dozens of
 SEMI F47-compliant products in 2002 and development work is continuing on new
 products as well as custom-engineered solutions for equipment makers and fab
     Schneider Electric has three laboratories in the U.S. dedicated to testing
 and evaluating surge protection technologies, including one of the world's
 only labs capable of performing high-energy tests up to 175,000 amps.  This
 allows the company to test all power protection devices within environments
 that simulate an entire power system, simulating worst-case scenarios to
 improve product performance and safety.
     SQUARE D, TELEMECANIQUE and MERLIN GERIN products from Schneider Electric
 that have been certified to meet or exceed SEMI F47 standards include a new
 low voltage ride through module for the TeSys D-Line contactor family, a new
 MULTI 9 miniature circuit breaker, D-Line, F-Line and K-Line contactors and
 PREVENTA safety relays, as well as CA2K and SK relays, the industry's smallest
 industrial control relay, PHASEO DC power supplies and REACTIVAR ESP, an
 electronic sag protector.
     For more information about Schneider Electric power quality solutions for
 the semiconductor industry, call 1-800-392-8781, visit or
     Schneider Electric, the World's Power and Control Specialist, provides
 electrical distribution, industrial control and automation products, systems
 and services to customers in the energy, buildings, industrial and
 infrastructure markets.  With leading international brands such as MERLIN
 GERIN, MODICON, SQUARE D and TELEMECANIQUE, Schneider Electric's 67,000
 employees generated sales of approximately 9.7 billion Euro in 2000 through
 9,000 sales outlets in 130 countries.
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