Case Study

Semiconductor Vault Storage: Mitigate Component Obsolescence & Protect Downstream Revenues

Quick Summary

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  • Type: Critical Inventory Storage
  • Industry: Surgical Devices
  • Issue: Long-term die and wafer banking
  • Solution:
    • Inventory placed in the Partstat Vault
    • Die & wafer stored in Partstat’s Dry Cabinets
    • Mitigate component obsolescence
    • Customer protected downstream revenues

In the search for a supply chain partner capable of assisting with long-term die and wafer banking to support the lifecycle of their products, a surgical device manufacturer selected Partstat and their Semiconductor Vault Storage solution.

After a formal site visit and audit of the Partstat facility in Winter Springs, FL., this surgical device manufacturer selected Partstat for their critical die and wafer banking needs for a 10-year term.

One of the strategies this manufacturer employs to stave off component obsolescence is to purchase and store high quantities of raw die and wafer. To ensure that the die remains in optimal condition until needed, it is imperative that it be stored in cabinets specially designed for moisture-sensitive materials.

Partstat goes a step beyond the industry standard for such equipment by offering customers the ability to store their die and wafer in desiccant dry storage cabinets. Partstat’s dry cabinets utilize zeolite to achieve — and maintain — a relative humidity of 0.5 percent with a recovery time of under three minutes. Standard nitrogen-infused cabinets, by comparison, can only achieve a relative humidity between six and 10 percent with a 10-12 minute recovery time. This type of critical inventory is also stored in the indestructible Partstat Vault, another level of security to provide best-in-class business continuity for customers who have irreplaceable components.

This manufacturer’s proactive approach to mitigate component obsolescence and thereby protect their downstream revenue was effectively solidified by utilizing Partstat’s Semiconductor Vault Storage solution.

Partstat will store as much inventory as the customer requires for as long as needed — even over 20 years — as well as package and ship it anywhere in the world at the customer’s request. All die and wafer handling and packaging is performed by a team of highly-trained storage specialists in accordance to the strictest IPC and ISO-certified standards.