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Brooks Automation, Inc. Message Board

  • spunk0210 spunk0210 May 29, 2002 10:09 AM Flag


    Any idea on how many PRI employees were retained by Brooks?

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    • The prize goes to stunz13.

      Intel was so pissed at Weiss and his arrogance that they helped fund the purchase of Programmation.

    • The head of Programmation pissed off Intel to a point were Intel said it would never deal with Programmation.

      PRI bought and repacakged Programmation so Intel would buy.

    • Nice try, but wrong on both counts.

      SUE PRI???? Laughable. Figure out the Intel Connection.

      Costa was downstairs, and Stephanie didn't start until Commerce Way.

    • Programmation was getting ready to sue Precision Robots, and they struck a deal.

      Who lived in the Ivory tower at cummings park?
      Costaa and Stepanie...

      the eye

    • "Life is about perspective"

      Thanks for the wisdom...I will cherish your words...
      the eye

    • There's not a single system or detail that you can surprise mw with because I was involved with virtually every system developed there. If you heard about it, I did it!

      Now, why did PRI buy Programmation. What was the story behind the story?

      Who delivered the first robot, and where did it go?

      Who lived in the "Ivory Tower" in Cummings Park?

    • Programmation = aero-track...the last piece, and the one that made AMHS impressive was the aero-track system, which is a monrail system hanging from the ceiling in fabs, upon which battery driven 'cars' transport wafers from process point to process point throughout the fab...major advantage by hanging from the ceiling because they could retrofit an existing Fab without requiring 'footprint' changes to the 'tools' and layout that fab desginers want unchanged. Also the monorail system is great for new fabs need because real-estate is at a premium...PRI bought Programmation (a Pennsylvania Co. I believe) and then patented the track system...
      ...Yes, I heard about the two telephones in a stocker...Did you know about the try at two robot arms in one stocker...they kept crashing into one another, so the redundancy effort was abandoned as being too complicated...

    • Actually, I was more intimately involved with AMHS right from the start than you can possibly imagine. I'm not sure I remember, but 11066 rings a bell. It was so long ago.

      Do you remember a stocker with phones on it so one end could talk to the other end? MLC substrates?

    • Watchful has a point. So does Trap.
      200mm automation was big in mid 90s. 300mm tried to be big in early 00s, but operational execution was awful. So were margins 'cause they were buying market share. And then the market didn't deliver. As 300mm tanked (2000 - 2002), NOP came from the other divisions to offset losses in AMHS.

      Life is about perspective.

    • "the higher profit margins (fast cash) that the simplistic, cookie-cutter stockers provided"

      your words Trapper, and you're right. High margin product for sure, and again its clear that you weren't close to the AMHS product because you're looking down your nose at it...but it saved the company for a time, but only for a time...anything more complicated than the cookie-cutter stuff and PRI was doomed...

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