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Message from the Executive Director


Thank you to everyone who attended the FOA Q4 meeting at ON Semiconductor in Gresham, OR. It’s always great to meet everybody in person and learn about the latest exciting developments. I hope you all had the chance to make new friends and explore new business opportunities. Our sincere thanks to Tad Dierckes and Megan Saito at ON Semiconductor for hosting this event and making sure everything went flawlessly.

Please mark your calendar for the FOA Q1 Collaborative Forum, set for February 13-14, 2019 in Scottsdale, AZ. Invitation and details for the golf event were sent out last week. Please let Christie Baker know if you did not receive yours or have questions.

As I have mentioned in earlier newsletters, we’ve been having a very productive year with continued participation and growing membership. Our Q4 meeting was a perfect close to 2018 as we set another attendance record for this event! Thank you all again for your part in making 2018 a magnificent year for our FOA community and here’s to making 2019 bigger and better for all! If there is anything that we can help you with, please do not hesitate to reach out.

We look forward to kickstarting the new year with the Q1 meeting in February! Please keep tabs on our website to stay up-to-date with the latest news and activities.

Our entire team at SEMI wishes you a safe and blessed holiday!

Tom Salmon, FOA Executive Director, SEMI

Welcome new FOA Members!
Q4 Meeting Recap

The FOA Q4 event was generously hosted by ON Semiconductor in their Gresham, OR, fab on October 25th, 2018. We had the largest turnout ever with 126 members in attendance.


The Industrial Engineering (IE) study group led by Tim Maloney of ON Semiconductor met a day prior to the Q4 event on October 24th. The meeting was well attended with the active participation of 22 members from 11 device makers. The group covered some very impactful topics such as achieving balance between cycle time and capacity, dispatching and factory metrics, automation evolution, material handling methods, fab layout and capacity planning.


The Wednesday night reception at the scenic Riverview restaurant was generously sponsored by Siconnex. Members enjoyed gourmet food while networking at the serene, historic property.

Lloyd Whetzel, CEO of X-Fab, was presented with a plaque of appreciation for his contribution and commitment to the SEMI High Tech U (HTU) Certified Partner Program, a curriculum that prepares high-school students to pursue careers in STEM fields. XFAB became a certified partner on October 12 and can now independently deliver HTU programs to their local area students.


The morning session began with a welcome note from Tom Salmon, SEMI-FOA’s Executive Director. Tad Dierckes, Fab Manager of the Gresham facility at ON Semi, provided an overview of the site and safety protocols.


Key Highlights:

  • Tim Maloney, Global Industrial Engineering Director at ON Semi, presented key findings from the previous day’s IE study team meeting. Gary Stinson from Microchip, highlighted the findings of the Reliability Metrics Survey.
  • Host topics including wafer scrubbing strategy and talent shortage formed the crux of the discussion. In the passionate discussion that followed, fab managers focused on sharing new ideas, clearing roadblocks and encouraging the younger generation to pursue a career in semiconductor manufacturing.  
  • Talent shortage and retention is a growing problem for the entire semiconductor industry especially fabs. Tom introduced members to SEMI’s workforce development program followed by an interactive discussion on how these programs can be customized for fab owners.
  • Next up was something new on the agenda: Three x Tens. Three solution providers were selected to present for 10 minutes each. The presentations focused on solutions that help mitigate issues faced by fabs today.
    • MEI, Inficon and Tanaka Kikinzoku delivered short and engaging presentations and the new concept was very well-received by the device maker members.
  • Fabio Worndl of Siconnex presented impactful case studies on solvent chemical savings and FSI Mercury replacement before the group broke for lunch.
  • The afternoon session included the entire membership, where the solution providers joined the device makers for the rest of the day. On behalf of ON Semi, FOA made a charitable donation to the Oregon Food Bank.


  • As part of the “New Member Moment”, each new member mentioned below introduced their companies and shared an overview of their sites.
    • Joe McCafferty, HP
    • Ray Morgan & Jorg Winter, DAS
    • Brad Richardson, SkyWater
    • Chris Quartro, Entegris


  • The day concluded with a tour of the spectacular ON Semi fab. Our thanks to all ON Semi staff members for opening their fab to the DM members and making this event such a great success.


  • The closing reception was held at Migration Brewing, graciously sponsored by Microtronic. The industrial brewpub offered the perfect ambience for members to unwind and socialize.

Benchmarking is a key component of the FOA and a major value driver for members as well.  FOA surveys and benchmarks run from very short and focused (Cyber-security, Spare Parts Inventory, etc.) to the comprehensive “Survey #3” covering over 200 metrics across fab operations.  As with all benchmarking, the larger the participation, the more valuable the results.

Please make sure to participate and if you are not seeing the calls for participation or have any questions about the surveys and benchmarks, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the FOA team.

Lloyd-Whetzel“FOA surveys give us a level of benchmarking that we can’t get internally. They give us the opportunity to compare how we are doing against a variety of other fabs and justify what we want to do to improve efficiency, which is invaluable to our company – more valuable than what we pay in dues for the FOA membership!

Lloyd Whetzel, CEO, X-Fab

Dale-Miller“We get a lot of value from FOA, and especially the surveys. Every year we find a golden nugget that guides us into an area where we want to deep dive into such as cycle time, cost and productivity. The results help us assess how we compare to fabs like our own in the device maker community. We use it internally to talk about where we want to focus our money and time.”

Dale Miller, Executive Sr. Director, Fab 9 GLOBALFOUNDRIES

Upcoming Event


FOA Q1 2019 Collaborative Forum
February 13-14, 2019 in Scottsdale, AZ