Taiwanese TFT-LCD Manufacturers Tap Brooks for MCS

Solution provider sees momentum for material control system in flat panel display market

Solution provider sees momentum for material control system in flat panel display market

Chelmsford, MA — February 14, 2005 — Brooks Software, a division of Brooks Automation and a provider of real-time applications for enterprises with collaborative, complex manufacturing operations, is touting several recent customer wins with manufacturers in Taiwan, pointing to the new business as evidence of the company's momentum in delivering real-time applications to the flat panel display (FPD) market.

Taiwanese TFT-LCD manufacturers Daifuku, Shinko, Hitachi, Formosa and Murata have selected Brooks' CLASS MCS Material Control System (MCS) software and services to control and manage automated material handling systems (AMHS). The orders closed in the September and December quarters of calendar 2004.

CLASS MCS is a real-time, material control system for transporting and storing wafers, LCD panels and other materials in factories. "Brooks' CLASS MCS frees discrete manufacturers from the complexity of maintaining multiple MCS systems to control diverse AMHS hardware systems," said Bharat Nair, industry director for high technology markets for Brooks Software.

Nair said that Brooks' CLASS MCS integrates with all the leading AMHS systems for both LCD and semiconductor manufacturing and provides a source of real-time factory floor information for more efficient and productive business decisions.

Brooks said its CLASS MCS is the market leader in semiconductor factories and has become the leading MCS for flat panel manufacturers as well. Customer of the CLASS MCS solution now include LG-Philips, Samsung, ChiMei and AUO, among others, according to the solution provider.

Jeff Burnham, product manager for MCS at Brooks Software, said that CLASS MCS offers customers the ability to add additional functionality to meet their unique manufacturing needs through the MCS Developer's ToolKit (MDK). "The MDK is a key differentiator for the CLASS MCS," Burnham said. "The MDK enables the CLASS MCS to give manufacturers the best of both worlds: a full-featured, off-the-shelf MCS and the ability to easily modify that MCS to match specific manufacturing environments and processes."

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