SEMI History: SEMI is an abbreviation for Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International. SEMI is an independent organization created 40 years ago to establish standardization within the semiconductor manufacturing industry. Shortly after the organization started, SEMI launched the SEMI Standards program. Today SEMI has grown into a global industry association serving the manufacturing supply chain for the micro- and nano-electronics industries, including: Semiconductors, Photo-voltaics (PV), High-Brightness LED, Flat Panel Display (FPD), Micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), Printed and flexible electronics, and related micro- and nano-electronics.
SEMI Standards - Overall: SEMI Standards are considered voluntary technical agreements between suppliers and customers, aimed at improving product quality and reliability at a reasonable price and steady supply. SEMI standards provide specifications, guides, test methods, terminology, practices, etc. These documents are published in a 16 volume set.
SEMI standards cover every aspect of photovoltaic and semiconductor manufacturing: 3D-IC (3D) , Equipment Automation - Hardware and Software (E), Facilities (F), Flat Panel Display (D), Gases (C), High Brightness – LED, HB, MEMS/NEMS (MS), Materials (M), Microlithography (P), Packaging (G), Photovoltaic (PV), Process Chemicals (C), Safety Guidelines (S), Silicon Material & Process Control (MF), and Traceability (T). Perhaps the most critical of these standards are the Safety Guidelines (S).
SEMI Safety Certification: The Safety Guidelines (S) are perhaps the most critical of all the SEMI standards. The reason the safety guidelines cause so much concern is because semi-conductor production equipment is typically required to be "Certified" to the Safety Guidelines (S) by an accredited, third party, SEMI certification agency (i.e. US-NRTL).
SEMI Safety Guidelines: The SEMI Safety Guidelines Volume (S) consists of approximately 26 standards. The following provides a brief summary of the contents for some of the most frequently applied SEMI Safety Guideline (S) Product standards.
SEMI Compliance: Based on this understanding of the standards, under the Safety Guidelines, most product manufacturers must only meet portions of SEMI S2 & S8. Occasionally, SEMI S14 is required - when the product incorporates flammable or combustible materials.
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