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Managing Operators During a Staffing Shortage (Issue 22.05)

Welcome to Volume 22, Number 5 of the FabTime Cycle Time Management Newsletter. We hope this issue finds you all well. In our community news section, we share links to several articles about the current chip shortage and resulting capacity expansion plans. In our subscriber discussion forum, we share some additional resources related to a topic raised in the previous issue: critical ratio values by zone.

In our software tip and our main article this month we address the topic of managing operators during a staffing shortage. We chose this topic after hearing from various fabs that the current economic environment has led to difficulties in finding sufficient operators. In the main article, we identify four fab management issues that may be exacerbated by a lack of operators and discuss ways to mitigate the impact of operator unavailability on cycle time.