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"A lot of companies have chosen to downsize, and maybe that was the right thing for them. We chose a different path. Our belief was that if we kept putting great products in front of customers, they would continue to open their wallets."

~Steve Jobs~

Chariman & CEO of Apple Inc.

Semiconductor Industry...

The semiconductor market has been going through a significant transition over the last few years:

  • For most fabrication companies, building and operating 300mm Fabs has been cost prohibitive and many are now focused on extending the life of their lower geometry Fabs.

  • For most equipment manufacturers, the cost of R&D can no longer be offset by the sale of equipment, and many are looking to the service business as a revenue growth strategy.

  • The transition to lower geometries is getting costlier and more difficult, consequently, the industry is spending more time at a given technology node.

In this industry environment, reducing operating costs and increasing flexibility needs to be a key focus for semiconductor fabrication, equipment and component companies.

BLMC is the only consulting firm that helps semiconductor companies analyze their production flow, redesign production end-to-end, implement Kanbans and pull systems, and develop & train an internal team to jointly implement and maintain a lean manufacturing environment. We have restructured 15+ semiconductor Fabs in the last 10 years achieving a 70-80% reduction in cycle time, increasing capacity by 50% to 200%, and improving yield by 5-25%.

We have advised semiconductor equipment companies on their service strategies, helping them lower cost and improve customer satisfaction in order to increase shareholder value. We have experience in reducing the service footprint by leveraging the advantages of remote diagnostics, knowledge centers, training, and technology.  We have also helped semiconductor clients simplify the design process to reduce time to market. This has been achieved through a reduction of hand-offs, implementing collaborative product development and concurrent engineering.

We have consulted for semiconductor sub-systems manufacturers on improving their response to uncertain customer demand by implementing flexible operations, Dynamic Order PlanningTM, statistical inventory buffering, and finished goods Kanbans. We have also advised clients who have older technology and equipment on the best way to utilize these resources for increased profit.

A significant portion of our practice has been in this industry and we have broad knowledge of developing strategies and improving operations.

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