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Managing Fab Cycle Time while Ramping Starts (Issue 23.02)

Welcome to Volume 23, Number 2 of the FabTime Cycle Time Management Newsletter. In this relatively brief issue, we have some highlights from Jennifer’s LinkedIn posts, a FabTime software tip of the month about using our new on-chart drill-down capability, and subscriber discussion about defining the components of cycle time and measuring fab linearity.

Our main article this month was inspired by a new subscriber to the newsletter. We always ask people who fill out subscription requests on our website “What is the most urgent cycle time issue occurring in your fab?” This subscriber wrote: “Ramping up starts and maintaining cycle time.” We realized that although we’ve written in the past about what to do to during an industry downturn, we had never written an article about what to do to protect cycle time during a strong upturn. We decided to remedy that omission. We share tips for squeezing additional capacity out of an existing tool set, deciding where to add capacity, and spending money in other areas beyond tools, all with an eye to keeping cycle times under control. We welcome your feedback, as always.