You can read the abstract and biography of every speaker below.
Session 1: 13 April 2021
15:30 – 16:00 hours
System architecture of Quadra: high-throughput 3D metrology equipment for semiconductor process control
In the semiconductor industry, Moore’s law comes with increasing and complex demands and the need for advanced process control metrology. Nearfield Instruments fulfilled these needs with their high-throughput scanning probe metrology (HT-SPM) systems. By rigorously adhering to an agile approach architecting and engineering methodology and promoting the concept of a minimum viable product, Nearfield Instruments developed, integrated, tested, and subsequently shipped their first QUADRA to a leading semiconductor fab.
Nearfield Instruments designed the mechatronics architecture of QUADRA to fulfill three high-level requirements:
- Meeting extremely tight performance requirements of semiconductor process control, suitable for high-aspect-ratio, dense 3D structures (Logic, DRAM, and 3DNAND).
- Increasing the throughput of scanning probe metrology to a level that constructs a significant lever in the semiconductor production line.
- Full automation of the system with interface to the factory control software or manufacturing execution systems.
Besides meeting the above high-level requirements, QUADRA’s architecture should balance the system’s performance, manufacturability, and serviceability. The architecture’s modularity also impacts spare parts strategy, scalability to be used as a platform for future products, and last but not least, cost of ownership of the system, including the required fab space.
Another vital aspect of the development was software architecture, which must support overall machine development aligned with the hardware architecture. This architecture resulted in several division layers, from the lowest layer for real-time control to the top layer, the machine control layer, to coordinate all systems’ functions.
To successfully develop and introduce a highly complex system like QUADRA, careful consideration of our resources and what we also need to outsource from the existing high-tech industrial landscape was necessary.
In this talk, the following topics will be presented:
- Major requirements for product development in the semiconductor industry
- Architecture of QUADRA (including software) and faced challenges and solutions
- Impact of the system architecture on outsourcing strategy to high tech supply chain
Dr. Hamed Sadeghian:
Hamed Sadeghian received his PhD (Cum Laude) in 2010 from Delft University of Technology. Four years later he received an MBA degree from the Vlerick Business School in Belgium. He is the founder (2001) of Jahesh Poulad Co., a manufacturer of mechanical equipment.
Hamed worked as a system architect and leaded a team of thirty researchers in nano-optomechatronics instrumentation at TNO in Delft from 2011 to 2018. He was also appointed as a principal scientist and Kruyt member of TNO. In 2016 he co-founded Nearfield Instruments and is currently president & chief technology officer at this scale-up that recently sold its first metrology instrument to a high-end chip manufacturer.
Hamed Sadeghian is a part time associate Professor at the Technical University of Eindhoven. He holds more than 70 patents, and published over 100 peer-reviewed technical papers.
Session 1: 13 April 2021
16:15 – 16:45 hours
Ger Schoeber will present about his system engineering experience in relation to chickens at his former employer Hotraco. Since January of this year Ger joined Lightyear, the startup that is in a race to bring its electric vehicles to the market.
Session 2: 18 May 2021
15:45 – 16:15 hours
Reference architecting lessons learned with TEM microscopes at Thermo Fisher Scientific
In this webinar, Jelena Marincic will present a project in which Thermo Fisher Scientific and ESI partnered to design a transmission electron microscope (TEM) reference architecture. In an industry-as-a-laboratory approach, she worked together with TEM system architects to design their reference architecture. In parallel, the ESI team took lessons learned from this exercise to develop a more generally applicable method for reference architecture design, which can be used for many complex high-tech systems.
A reference architecture describes technical aspects of a system, the essence of all product variants, families and product lines. A more complete reference architecture also takes into account the business imperative driving technical decisions. Modeling both the technical and business sides pays off in increased reuse and efficiency through the whole life cycle of a system.
Jelena Marincic is a senior research fellow with Embedded Systems Innovation (ESI), a part of the Netherlands Organisation for applied scientific research (TNO). She conducts applied research in an industrial context in the domains of system architecting and model-based system engineering.
Before joining ESI in 2019, she worked six years as a model-based software design expert at Altran (now Capgemini Engineering). Her primary role was to support the introduction of model-based software techniques to ASML. Before that, she worked as a researcher and a software engineer. The common denominator of her career has been the topic of designing good quality models that reflect the multidisciplinary nature of systems.
Session 2: 18 May 2021
16:30 – 17:00 hours
Introducing trinity – implementing MBSE into your organisation
The use of MBSE as an approach to realising successful Systems Engineering is becoming more prevalent as time goes on, leading to an anticipation that the INCOSE 2025 Vision that all Systems Engineering will be model based is looking increasingly likely.
Whilst the theory and practice of MBSE is becoming more mature, one of the biggest obstacles in realising the full benefits of an MBSE approach is how it is implemented in an organisation.
This talk is about implementing MBSE in an organisation, and draws on the authors’ decades of experience applying and deploying MBSE in companies of all sizes and introduces the Trinity approach to MBSE implementation. The three main considerations of implementation that form the heart of the Trinity approach are introduced as: reason, capability and evolution.
- The reason behind wanting to implement MBSE is discussed by considering the context of the implementation. The reason, or the ‘why’ of MBSE is crucial and will drive all of our implementation activities.
- The key aspects of MBSE that must be considered to establish MBSE capability are introduced in the form of the MBSE-in-a-slide diagram. This introduces the importance of the approach, the system and the notation. This is then expanded to include tools and best practice. This allows us to identify the capability of an organisation in terms of their current MBSE activities and their aspirations.
- Once the capability has been covered, the concept of the evolution of MBSE is introduced as comprising five important stages, each of which has a number of outcomes associated with it. The organisation’s current stage and desired stage, based on the reason and capability considerations, are identified. The transition from one stage to another is then covered by identifying typical actions that must be undertaken when evolving MBSE from the starting stage to the final desired stage.
These three aspects come together to form the Trinity of MBSE implementation.
We will also describe some of the techniques that may be used to achieve an understanding of each, such as RAVEnS and TeamStorming
Prof Jon Holt is an internationally recognized expert in the field of Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE). He is an international award-winning author and public speaker and has authored 15 books on MBSE and its applications. Since 2014 he has been a Director and consultant for Scarecrow Consultants, who are ‘outstanding in the field of MBSE’. Jon is also a Professor of Systems Engineering at Cranfield University, where he is involved with the teaching of and research into MBSE. He is a Fellow of both the IET and the BCS and is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered IT Professional. Holt is currently the Technical Director of INCOSE UK, where he is responsible for all technical activities and, in 2015, was identified as one of the 25 most-influential Systems Engineers in the last 25 years by INCOSE. Jon is also actively involved in the promotion of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), where he uses magic, mind-reading and occasional escapology to promote Systems Engineering at Festivals, Cabarets, radio shows and other STEM events. He has also authored the children’s STEM book “Think Engineer,” which is published by INCOSE UK.
Session 3: 15 June 2021
15:30 – 16:00 hours
Systems engineering for high-tech equipment: making an implicit strength explicit
Our region is world-class in the multidisciplinary development and manufacturing of state-of-the-art, high-tech equipment. Development of the equipment is done in highly multidisciplinary teams using proven but implicit systems engineering (SE) processes. Because of the implicit nature, it is difficult to train students in these processes, let alone research these processes to further improve them. Hence the paradoxical situation that despite us being world-class in what we do, we don’t have explicit programs to train systems engineering for high-tech equipment at our universities. This we need to change.
At TU Eindhoven, we have been taking steps to define the outline of training in systems engineering and systems thinking for all programs, including undergraduate, graduate, PDEng and PhD programs. Discussions on this topic are facilitated by the TUE office for educational policy, together with the educational directors for the various programs. From HTSC, we contribute by formulating educational targets based on our industrial experience and the needs we have identified in our companies and our network.
Recently, we have discussed our findings with a small group of professionals from Brainport-based high-tech companies. We have identified challenges that are specific for our high-tech equipment activities and discussed findings from a short study trip to Canada and the US. We have identified some local flavors of SE and discussed the difference between systems engineers and systems architects. Based on these discussions, we agreed on a set of challenges that companies face and can likely be solved by better systems engineering.
In the presentation, I will give an overview of these findings and discuss possible steps forward.
Ton Peijnenburg is a research fellow at the High Tech Systems Center (HTSC) that performs fundamental research and design of new concepts and prototypes for high-tech equipment. His main affiliation is with VDL Enabling Technologies Group, where he is the deputy managing director for the Technology & Development group. At HTSC, Ton Peijnenburg is concerned with the development of collaborative research programs for industrially relevant areas. In addition, the implementation of systems thinking in research and development environments has his attention. The key question on how to train system engineers needs to be specifically addressed for the high-tech equipment domain.
Session 3: 15 June 2021
16:15 – 16:45 hours
Sustainability’s rising impact on System Engineering
Under growing pressure from environmental impacts, resource constraints and increased demand from a developing world, sustainability became a new and important requirement system engineering is facing. The things engineers create will impact the world we live in greatly. To help solve the global issues we face today, it’s important to design products and services that help people and the world. Now more than ever.
Creating circular inventions can mean inventing a technology which whole purpose is sustainability (like carbon sequestration or eliminating waste) or it can mean improving the environmental impacts of ordinary products. From material choice to energy use, to changing users’ lifestyles. For many companies, being environmentally responsible also means good business. By using a mindset of “inventing circular,” you can: save material costs with more efficient production methods; reduce liability risks associated with the manufacture or disposal of toxic materials; and meet customers demand for products that are safer for their families or less energy-intensive to use.
In this presentation Jeroen Rondeel will introduce the impact of sustainability on System Engineering.
Jeroen Rondeel, founder and CEO of Blue Engineering B.V. studied aeronautical engineering (Inholland) and business administration at the Radboud University.
Blue Engineering is a multidisciplinary engineering company. Our purpose is a better world based on sustainable engineering. Blue Engineering is a progressive company where Holacracy is a way of working and a way of thinking. At the moment Blue Engineering is pursuing B-Corporation certification.