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Advanced Energy Industries, Inc.
Symphony Systems and Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: AEIS) announced the first in a family of products designed to increase overall equipment efficiency (OEE) within the semiconductor manufacturing industry—the eSES External Symphony Equipment Server. The eSES software is a network-optimized module that provides all the services needed to easily integrate equipment into applications that use intranets and extranets.
Sensor manufacturers can use eSES software to instantly add TCP/IP connectivity to their existing sensors without any sensor redesign. This enables correlation of the tool manufacturing data with the sensor data for real-time process analysis.
The eSES software provides equipment data access to the applications through an object interface such as an ActiveX(R) Control, a Java(R) interface, and other protocols or interfaces, as required by the application.
About Advanced Energy
Advanced Energy is a global leader in the development, marketing, and support of integrated technology solutions that are central in the manufacture of semiconductors, data storage products, and flat panel displays as well as other mission-critical power applications. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and end-users around the world depend on AE products when plasma-based technology plays a vital role in their manufacturing process. AE offers a comprehensive suite of key subsystems for vacuum process systems, including power conversion and control solutions, process monitoring and machine control tools, ion-beam sources, dynamic temperature control and measurement products, mass flow systems, and plasma abatement technologies. AE technology solutions are sold and supported globally by direct offices, representatives, and distributors. Founded in 1981, AE is a publicly held company traded on Nasdaq under the symbol AEIS. AE's URL is www.advanced-energy.com.
About Symphony Systems
Founded in 1997, Symphony uses its network-based tool connectivity infrastructure and suite of software services to seamlessly connect people with new and existing equipment within an entire supply chain, creating a web-based community of equipment, equipment users, equipment suppliers, parts and consumables suppliers, and application software providers, in real time. The result is a dynamic, highly secure resource management environment that optimizes the productivity of mission-critical capital equipment. More information can be found on www.symphony-systems.com.
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