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FabTime Inc. is the first company to focus solely on the challenging problem of cycle time management for semiconductor wafer fabrication facilities. We believe that the cycle time problems faced by wafer fabs are uniquely difficult and that our customers will be well-served by a company that declares its focus and sticks to it. To that end, we offer consulting, training, and web-based digital dashboard software (also known as business activity monitoring software, or BAM software, and KPI software) focused on cycle time management for semiconductor fabrication facilities. FabTime’s management team has been working with wafer fabs since 1993. FabTime has been in business since early 1999. Our software customers include Headway Technologies (Milpitas, CA), AMD (Austin, TX), TDK (Japan), and International Rectifier (Newport), and three others. We have also worked recently on consulting and/or training with Seagate Technologies, Kodak, Medtronic, and National Semiconductor. We also publish the FabTime Cycle Time Management Newsletter, a monthly email publication containing technical articles, community news, and subscriber discussion related to fab management. The newsletter is currently distributed to more than 1900 people.
Frank Chance is President and co-founder of FabTime. He has been developing software since 1983, and performing factory productivity improvement consulting for the semiconductor industry since 1993. Immediately prior to founding FabTime, Dr. Chance was co-founder and product manager for C2MS Productivity Solutions, a provider of productivity improvement software to state government licensing agencies. Before that, he founded Chance Industrial Solutions (CIS), a company that provided software and consulting services for the semiconductor industry. CIS developed and commercialized Factory Explorer, an integrated factory-wide capacity, cost, and simulation analysis tool. From 1994 to 1995 Dr. Chance was a visiting assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. From 1993 to 1995 Dr. Chance was a consultant to the SEMATECH, where he developed Delphi, the primary fab capacity analysis and simulation tool used by the Measurement and Improvement of Manufacturing Capacity project. Frank Chance has dual AB degrees in Mathematics and History from Washington University. He also has M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University.
Jennifer Robinson is Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of FabTime, and the editor of the FabTime Cycle Time Management Newsletter. She has been offering productivity improvement services to the semiconductor industry since 1992. Immediately prior to founding FabTime, Dr. Robinson was co-founder and senior analyst for C2MS Productivity Solutions, a provider of productivity improvement software to state government licensing agencies. Before that, she consulted in factory productivity analysis for the semiconductor industry for several years. Her clients included Digital Equipment Corporation (now Intel Corporation), Siemens AG, Seagate Technologies, IBM, Wright Williams & Kelly (WWK), and SEMATECH. For SEMATECH, she developed and delivered (as part of an international team) a series of two-day courses on measuring and improving wafer fab capacity. Jennifer Robinson has a B.S.E. from Duke University, an M.S. in Operations Research from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.om the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.