Innovative Manufacturing Processes

Period of Performance: 12/11/2002 - 09/15/2003


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Wizdom Systems, Inc.
1300 Iroquois Avenue, Suite 140
Naperville, IL 60563
Principal Investigator


"Rockwell Scientific fully endorses Wizdom's proposal submitted to the Missile Defense Agency, in response to the proposal titled Innovative Manufacturing Processes/Yield enhancement of MBE HgCdTe FPA Production. Rockwell Scientific is seeking innovative process improvements that can meet our needs including, where appropriate, a process technology roadmap for implementing promising approaches for near term insertion into the overall production of Focal Plane Arrays (FPA). This will entail the development of a methodology, or series of methods, necessary and sufficient to radically improve the yield of existing FPAs by enabling the online assessment of the overall FPA production process and specifically which variables predominate in affecting FPA production yield at RSC. This proposed effort will serve as the basis for: 1) Identifying key variables which affect the producibility of FPAs, 2) Enabling a day-to-day operations model which will used to monitor changes to the production processes which an acceptable yield. The effort will determine the need, the feasibility, and expected outcomes. It will serve as an approach to improving production capabilities, improve product quality and reliability with minimal impact to the production operation in terms of time and cost of transitioning prototypes into production." Wizdom's results from this SBIR could make this critical knowledge available to intelligent applications across the enterprise, delivering real-time monitoring, detection, and predictions to drive dynamic individualized service to customers, partners, suppliers, and employees. By delivering critical business insights and predictive knowledge Wizdom solutions could help businesses increase business profitability, enhance user satisfaction, reduce cost and sustain competitive advantages. Wizdom could target vertical industries other than semiconductor manufacturing such as telecommunications, insurance, retail, financial services and banking.