The Open Software Framework for Equipment Control and Visualization
ToolCommander® is the open software framework for equipment control and visualizations for cluster, inline and batch tools in production and research. Its modular design makes ToolCommander® easy to customize to the individual requirements of a wide range of industries. Thanks to our open approach you can realize your equipment control entirely on your own or together with our team that has over 30 years’ experience of implementing control solutions for the semiconductor, coating and photovoltaic industries.
- Efficient development with C#/.NET framework and WPF visualization
- Accelerated programming thanks to extensive features and component library
- Comprehensive development and product support
- Ongoing simulation and testing opportunities available from the start of development
- Trend module for process monitoring, quality assurance and predictive maintenance
- Integrated touch optimization throughout for quick access (SEMI E95)
- Optimized visualization for production and service
- Unique interlock handling, system and I/O diagnosis with live debugging
- Comprehensive troubleshooting support
- SEMI standard compliance
- SECS/GEM and GEM300 integration-ready
- Know-how protection with in-house developments
- Configurable user rights
From material feeding scheduling and recipe execution to monitoring process parameters – ToolCommander® offers you SEMI-compliant equipment control for cluster tools in the semiconductor industry.
With ToolCommander®, you can control every batch tool including the installed components (e.g. valves, motors) and the management of the batch process for best results, for example for vacuum thin film applications.
In inline tools, for example in the glass or photovoltaic industry, ToolCommander® not only provides process control and visualization, but also overarching control of material movement sequences.
With ToolCommander® and over 30 years’ experience of programming equipment control systems, we are your full-service partner and offer you: Consulting, specification, realization, test period, commissioning, maintenance.
We support you on the way to your equipment control. Exactly how much we do for you is entirely up to you.
We develop your equipment control with you based on ToolCommander® and support you with training, consulting and support. This allows you to remain flexible and to distribute your work packages for maximum efficiency according to your time capacities and experience.
Develop your equipment control entirely on your own and completely independently with the ToolCommander® software framework. We are always there if you need us and offer you training, consulting and support.
If you have insufficient time and experience, feel free to call on our over 30 years of know-how in programming equipment control systems for mechanical engineering. We will develop your ToolCommander® based equipment control precisely to your requirements.
ToolCommander® offers you a wide range of proven features for the reliable and fast implementation of your equipment control in the fields of semiconductors, vacuum coating, solar, LED and MEMS.
The ToolCommander® GUI with full touch operation (SEMI E95) allows easy access to the control system on the equipment itself – from an overview of the tool and recipes to live debugging on the machine itself. The transparent real-time visualization of interlocks gives operators working in manual mode the necessary information about which control activities are currently possible and shows the status of the relevant conditions. You can change the language at any time during operation.
Scheduling in ToolCommander® includes the optimized performance sequence of the individual work steps in real time. This way, we meet the requirement that priorities vary within different equipment series. Choose between flow recipes and algorithm-based optimization and, with our help, you can find the perfect path through the equipment.
With ToolCommander® material management, you can identify and track materials and assign individual jobs.
ToolCommander® controls and manages the equipment’s tasks. With regard to job management (E94) in the semiconductor industry, both control jobs (CJ) and process jobs (PJ) are managed in accordance with SEMI.
In addition to creating and managing process recipes and displaying the recipe status, ToolCommander® also controls your flow recipes. You decide who can access your recipes and to what extent.
Commissioning and service
ToolCommander® gives you full simulation capabilities down to I/O level and hardware endpoints. This high level of detail enables early fault detection in the development process, step-by-step commissioning and easy replacement of the systems to be simulated. Individual values can be manipulated specifically for test scenarios. This saves valuable time during commissioning and when identifying faults during servicing.
Manual operation allows the control and parameterization of individual components, giving you a powerful tool for commissioning and maintenance. Within the ToolCommander® manual control dialogue, actual and target values are displayed in real time, as are interlocks.
Diagnosis and troubleshooting
In addition to diagnostics for all digital and analog inputs and outputs, operators can use ToolCommander® to carry out manual channel controlling to identify sources of faults.
The ToolCommander® system diagnosis makes it possible to monitor all equipment control processes and offers the option of live debugging. Maintenance costs are significantly reduced and service engineers can correct faults on the equipment itself, thus keeping downtimes to a minimum.
Logging in ToolCommander® takes place in a Postgres database. Data on alarms, processes and materials are stored here. In addition, domain and debug logging is available for tracking all control processes and for optimum troubleshooting.
ToolCommander® has an integrated user management system with configurable user rights. This allows you to maintain control over access to the equipment control system at any time.
Alarms and messages are visualized by ToolCommander® and functions offered for alarm-related actions. An archive for all alarms, warnings and messages provides visibility and traceability.
Configure a clearly structured presentation of live and historical process and machine data in graphs and tables. If required, you can select specific data for export from the ToolCommander® data archive to wherever you need it.
With the integrated support for all relevant SEMI standards, ToolCommander® enables safe and standards-compliant placement of your equipments in semiconductor factories. With our FabLink® interface solution, equipment integration is performed in accordance with the SECS/GEM, GEM300 and EDA standards.
|SECS/GEM (200 mm)||GEM300 (300 mm)||EDA (Interface A)|