When your company’s production data and analysis tools go on-line on a database system which allows your engineers to comment on the data and share insights on-line, your company starts to build a valuable knowledge resource which is available to those who need to have the information at any time in the future, not stuck in an email thread or in a Word document or Powerpoint somewhere.

A new graduate, assigned to a family of products, will be able to see how they behaved historically straight away. You won’t have to forward emails to her of previous discussions about the product performance because it will be on-line for her after admin provides her with the credentials to view the information.

A foundry engineer in TSMC, just assigned to helping your company optimize yield, will be able to see the effect of his process parameters on final test performance. Again, the engineer will be able to see what you allow him to see, the products and families which only they are allowed to see.

Every new datalog which is automatically added to the database will add new information.

Traditional Desk Top Solutions Lose Hard-gained Knowledge

In systems which rely on you to download the data first before analyzing performance, the information either stays on the PC or in the mind of the person who downloads it, or to those emailed by the engineer. This greatly restricts the use of key knowledge in your company. For example, if an unfamiliar bin appears in production, how long does it take your engineers to know what it means? Has it ever appeared before and what was the resolution at the time? How will newly gained knowledge of the underlying root-cause of the bin be retained in case it occurs again?

Join the On-line Revolution

Like Facebook or LinkedIn, a repository of live information is available with a private cloud solution, and comments and updates are there for the next engineer or the new engineer or the colleague you have yet to meet in Singapore. With the latter you share a keen interest in the product family because they are the one supporting it in final test production. Even though they are with a subcon, because they share your private cloud analysis platform, you’ll never have to email or ftp data to them (or vice versa). Effectively you have created a short-circuit to knowledge.

In a time when experienced engineers are hard to get and information is also at a premium, make the maximum use of your engineering resources and of your information. An on-line YMS solution optimises information availability and will build real engineering knowledge in your company.