08 November 2022
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Xycarb produces two different kinds of carriers. The first type of carrier is meant to hold a single wafer and the other one is meant for multi-pocket wafers that are mainly used in the led industry. A single wafer is a flat disc with a size of 200 to 300 millimeters. The carrier makes sure that the wafer is situated in exactly the right position.
Graphite is used as the material can resist the high temperatures that are used to produce chips. The special coating, made of silicon carbide (sic), is the toughest coating that is currently being used in industry. It extends the lifetime of the carrier.
“What I do most in everyday practice is come up with solutions to problems in a chip machine,” Hielke enlightens. “I for instance need to think about how I can prevent a gas flow from reaching a wafer as soon in the manufacturing process as possible. When gas comes into contact with a wafer it directly affects the results. When I think of solutions it is important that they do not involve the design of our products. And I need to think of a number of additional aspects like: ‘is it possible to design and manufacture it?”, ’does Xycarb have the skills to develop the solution?’, ‘do we need to involve specialised suppliers?’, ‘does it affect the quality of our product?’ or ‘does it lead to contamination?’.”
“I discuss these subjects with my direct colleagues, who are all experts in their fields. That is something I like about my job. On the other hand, I work closely together with customers to get to know the backgrounds of the issue and to get a sound view their processes and the barriers that they face. Together we work on solving issues and in this, we involve all aspects of the process.”
“Before I started at Xycarb I had already worked for a small MedTech company for five years. I chose to apply at Xycarb because it is a larger company, more professional and multi-disciplinary. This means that you can specialise and rely on the expertise of your colleagues. Within Xycarb it is easy to find a sparring partner with profound knowledge of a specialist field. Together you achieve much more than when you work at a small company with generalists.”
“Coming up with solutions and tackling challenges together, gives me a lot of satisfaction. Very recently we had a situation in which a machine produced a lot of faulty products. Tolerances were very small. We have managed in reducing the number of rejects, by adding something totally different to the routing of the product. Something that has never been done before. It is now being patented. These moments are great.”