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“Applied Cost Modeling” E-Zine Now on Web
Since 1994, ACM has been the mainstay for manufacturing and assembly industries in disseminating information on hot topics such as cost of ownership (COO), overall equipment efficiency (OEE), cost & resource evaluation, and discrete-event simulation.
The latest edition includes the feature article: “Cost of Ownership for c-Si Front & Back-Side Metallization Processes” and is presented as the first installment in a series. This paper examines the need for metallization of silicon-based solar cells and how it has evolved over the past few years.
Additionally, information is provided on recently announced formation of WWK Healthcare, a new division dedicated to bringing its world-class modeling and simulation software tools to the healthcare industry. Heading up WWK Healthcare will be industry veteran Mark Allen Stinson.
With more than 3,000 users worldwide, Wright Williams & Kelly, Inc. is the largest privately held operational cost management software and consulting company serving technology-dependent and technology-driven organizations. WWK maintains long-term relationships with prominent industry resources including SEMATECH, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI), and national labs and universities. Its client base includes nearly all of the top 20 semiconductor manufacturers and equipment and materials suppliers as well as leaders in nanotechnology, micro electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), thin film record heads, magnetic media, flat panel displays (FPD), solid state lighting/light emitting diodes (SSL/LED), photovoltaics (PV), and healthcare.
WWK’s product line includes TWO COOL® for detailed process step level cost of ownership (COO) and overall equipment efficiency (OEE), PRO COOL® for process flow and test cell costing, Factory/Healthcare Commander® for full facility capacity analysis and activity based costing, Factory Explorer® for cycle time reduction and WIP planning, and TCOe™ for energy production project costs (cost/kilowatt-