KDF Announces the Release of its New Pallet Assist Tool, PAT

KDF RELEASE 2009

KDF is pleased to announce the release of it new Pallet Assist Tool, PAT. Because of the ever-increasing substrate and pallet sizes in today’s market, KDF recognized the need for a device that would allow the operators safe and efficient handling of these larger pallets. After much field and vendor investigating for similar products on the market (critical placement and clean room compatible), KDF tasked upon its engineering staff to design and manufacture a pallet handling tool to aid in the loading and un-loading of pallets into the Load lock chamber of its new 844i system. The KDF designed manipulator can safely handle 100 lb payload pallets for both loading and unloading in a precise and controlled fashion.

The tool is also integrated and interlocked for operator and system safety. Although originally designed for large glass substrates the tool can also stream line smaller substrates and wafer pallet loading as well. The pallets can be loaded in a vertical or horizontal position and can be rotated a full 180 degrees.

The positioning can also accommodate transfer to a customers transport cart by varying the horizontal placement height. The PAT device allows for simple smooth handling utilizing controlled stepped detents riding on linear rail bearings along with twin pneumatically assisted gas cylinders that virtually eliminate any type of operator lifting of heavy payloads. The PAT helps to speed up and insure safe placements of sensitive substrates onto the pallet, thereby increasing Fab productivity and minimizing any substrate damage or breakage due to excessive handling.

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About KDF
KDF Electronic & Vacuum Services, Inc., produces batch in-line sputtering tools in a wide variety of R&D and production formats for the mainstream silicon, emerging materials and flat-panel display markets. KDF systems are used in the production of semiconductors, photomasks, telecommunications networks, wireless circuits, gallium arsenide (GaAs), high density interconnect, sensors, optoelectronics, flat panel display and radio frequency power devices. KDF is located in Rockleigh, New Jersey, and has representatives in Europe, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, China and Korea.
Company Contacts
Kurt Flechsig
President & CEO
Tel: +1 (201) 784-5005
E-mail: kurt@kdf.com
Todd Plaisted
Director of Sales and Marketing
Tel: +1 (201) 784-5005
E-mail: todd@kdf.com
KDF Announces the Release of its New Pallet Assist Tool, PAT