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Clean room machines cut energy usage by 30%

Posted: 27 Jun 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:clean-room equipment? Korean engineering? chip production? electrotechnology?

The Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute (KERI) has developed new machines capable of moving parts and components manufactured in clean rooms using less energy while generating minimal noise and dust, according to a report from Korea.net.

The Transverse Flux Linear Motor and Contactless Power Transfer System save 30 percent more energy than current systems, said Rim Geun-hie, the products' chief developer.

"This translates into $21.6 million less being spent on making components on an annual basis than conventional conveyors and power transfer systems," the senior researcher added.

He said both machines have less moving parts, allowing for longer service and limiting minute dust that can degrade electronic components. KERI expects the products to boost the quality while lowering the production cost of semiconductors, LCDs and PDPs.

The rollout followed three years of development using state research funds amounting to about $9 million.

The South Korean government-run institute estimates that it would be able to sell $162 million worth of the industrial clean room machines to local and foreign buyers in five years' time.




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