Cluster tools are used for semiconductor wafer fabrication. A cluster tool consists of several loadlock modules, processing modules, and material handling armed robots to transfer wafers between loadlocks and processing modules. Most conventional scheduling methods consider a cyclic schedule to minimize makespan. We consider noncyclic scheduling of dual-armed cluster tools. In practice, it is important to minimize wafer residency time in processing modules to maintain the surface quality of wafers. In the noncyclic operations, the cluster tool causes deadlock which may lead to excessive loss in the wafer fabrication process. We propose an efficient deadlock-free scheduling method for the noncyclic scheduling problem of a dual-armed cluster tool to minimize the residency time and makespan. The proposed method is applied to a dual-armed cluster tool with a non-revisiting process and a revisiting process. Computational results demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed method.
|ジャーナル||Advances in Mechanical Engineering|
|出版ステータス||Published - 4月 1 2017|
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