16 CLEAN APPLICATIONS
Training in special recordkeeping, such as clean-
room notebooks, may be required. Beyond the
need to check off a few boxes, cleanroom cleaning
requires a team that steps up to the responsibility
of integrating their practices with the production
team. Authorizations for needed equipment must
be planned for to avoid delays. If work is needed
in a certain bay, or a certain chase, notices must be
given to affected tool operators.
Documented schedules require proactive attention by the cleaning team. Custodians must be prepared to work in and around an environment that
could be live 24 hours a day, and prepared with the
proper sign-offs to meet cleaning needs on time.
All safety and compliance documentation must be completed in a timely
manner so that all parties know that what
needs to happen will happen when it’s
supposed to happen — so that efforts are
focused on protecting yield at all times.
Meeting the standards, both efficiently
Semiconductor manufacturers deserve
assurance from their cleanroom custodial partners. The standard operating
procedures so carefully developed for
billion-dollar facilities depend on principled service delivery to achieve them. To
help safely meet standards and control
costs, custodial partners need to reliably
produce extraordinarily precise service
repeatedly and efficiently. The key to
that extraordinary reliability is vetted,
highly trained personnel able to conform
precisely to protocols and help avoid the
costly impact of scrapped wafer.
1. Cleanroom Trends and Salary Survey,
Controlled Environments, July/August
David Roe is Senior Vice President with
ABM Industries. www.abm.com
A service partner’s ability
to provide a pool of
sufficiently vetted and
trained labor is critical.