Digitization of processes at FBH

Digitization and the Internet of Things (IoT) are currently revolutionizing processes in production halls and laboratories worldwide. In accordance with the lab 4.0 model, FBH has transferred its production processes into a standardized software system (Manufacturing Execution System - MES). Process data are thus acquired centrally and interlinked with their metadata. As a result, processes can be controlled digitally and their data assigned, filtered, and evaluated as required.

For our customers this means pilot series and customized products with unprecedented efficiency and quality, digitally documented from the very beginning to completion.

FBH uses a commercial MES software and has adapted it to the requirements of an application-oriented research institute: It can now be used to handle established fabrication processes as well as highly variable research and development activities characterized by test series. In this way, we ensure quality and maintain the necessary flexibility. FBH is thus further expanding its strengths in the research and manufacturing of electronic and optical components up to the production of pilot series.

Digitally captured processes enable us to statistically evaluate process, measurement, and plant data, e.g., to determine process tolerances, and improve the prerequisites for transferring research results into industrially applicable manufacturing technologies.

Comprehensive digitization concept with three main focuses:

  • A modern, sustainable production control system (MES) with extensive functionalities for the documentation of production processes, data export and evaluation, and even machine learning.
  • Human-machine interfaces such as terminals and new input devices like barcode scanners to minimize the effort required for controlling. Augmented reality solutions are planned for the future.
  • Access to plant data by creating machine interfaces based on standardized software protocols as well as by integrating older machinery via ad-hoc IOT devices – iSensU was designed at FBH especially to collect data from older equipment without digital interface.

At the same time, FBH is bundling its activities within Research Fab Microelectronics Germany (FMD) with those of 12 further research institutes. The FMD is the largest cross-site R&D cooperation for micro- and nanoelectronics in Europe.