High-Performance Polymers for Semiconductor Industry
In the semiconductor industry, accuracy and durability are indispensable to manufacture top-notch electronic components.
AURUM™ TPI has a high glass transition temperature (Tg) of 245°C (473°F) and is suitable for producing semiconductor equipment, including HDD hard disk drives parts such as read heads and actuators, and wafer-handling components such as wafer chucks.
Manufacturers use materials such as PEEK (polyether ether ketone) and Polyimide for sealing rings, gaskets, gearings, bearings, bushings, and screws to ensure efficient manufacturing.
Moreover, PEEK has high strength, stiffness, and wear resistance, making it ideal for high-temperature and chemically challenging environments, with a temperature resistance of up to 240°C (464°F).
In addition, the resistance to chemicals makes PEEK suitable for the Semiconductor industry. In Contrast, Polyimide can be thermoplastic (TPI) or thermosetting (PI-s), with PI-s having higher thermal resistance and tensile strength than TPI. However, manufacturers can process TPI using conventional injection, compression moulding, and extrusion processes. PI-s can withstand temperatures up to 482°C (899,6°F) short term, while TPI is used for applications of up to 240°C (464°F) continuously that require higher impact resistance and elongation than PI-s.
BARplast offers high-performance polymers with excellent chemical resistance, low friction, and high-temperature stability, making them ideal for use in challenging environments.
PEEK and polyimide components play a crucial role in ensuring the quality and credibility of semiconductor devices.
Our PEEK and Polyimide products use the following applications in the Semiconductor Industry:
First, wafer clamp rings hold the wafer firmly in position while processing to avoid any potential damage or movement; next, wafer carriers move and safeguard wafers while processing and transporting them. The Meldin® 7000 series replace aluminium, ceramic and other high-performance plastic.
Also, seals hinder the escape of liquids and gases. Furthermore, seals are versatile and can be utilized in various equipment, including reactors, pumps, and valves. Piston rings create a seal between the piston and cylinder walls, thus preventing any leakage of liquids or gases. Screws, nuts, and bolts fasten various components and equipment together.
Isolators serve the purpose of safeguarding a particular component or process from contamination or vibrations. Typically utilized in cleanrooms and vacuum systems, they help prevent unwanted disturbances. Finally, In the semiconductor industry, gear accomplishes the transfer between components.