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Solid State Equipment LLC

ny has done well in keeping up with
market demand. When Itzkowitz joined
the company, it had 15 employees and $3
million in sales. In 2012, it boasted 120
direct employees, an integral network of
suppliers and $80 million-plus in sales.
The company has managed this growth by
investing a significant portion of its overall budget into engineering, development
and assembly.
"In order to develop this equipment, the
skill required internally typically involves
a broad array of disciplines like electrical
engineering, mechanical engineering,
software development and chemical engineering," Itzkowitz explains. "So within
the company, we have a well-staffed engineering department and lab department,
which does all of the testing. We have
manufacturing facilities that actually
assemble the products and we have field
service groups that deliver, install and get
them running. All of the disciplines needed are here in our Philadelphia-area facility and we have field service offices
throughout the world."

More for Less
Consumer electronics get smaller and/or
thinner every year while their computing
power, storage and applications abilities
continue to grow. It's contrary to average
thinking which assumes less space means
less capabilities - unless, however, you
are knowledgeable in quantum physics
then it all makes perfect sense. The use of
3-D semiconductors is on the rise, and
without them, everyday products such as
smartphones wouldn't even exist. Or perhaps they would, but the bulky size
wouldn't appeal to modern consumers. 3D semiconductors allow manufacturers
to layer more computing power and
memory into a thinner device.
"The devices going into products now
are 3-D devices, but up until a few years ago,
they were built as flat devices," Itzkowitz
explains. "But as a 3-D device, they can pack
in a lot more because they are stacked one
on top of the other. The end-result is that
the consumer gets additional capabilities
and a longer-lasting battery."
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SSEC has stepped up its single wafer
wet processing equipment to meet this
new demand. Itzkowitz says material
handling - the way the machine moves
the wafer through the process and its
etching capabilities - is a big focus of the
company. Chemical handling, too, is a
focus. SSEC has developed processes
using artificial intelligence to make sure
the chemicals used are mixed in exact
quantities, distributed at exact times and
recycled throughout the process.
"There is some level of customization
for each client," Itzkowitz says. "The
product is standard and more graded to a
particular end-product, which may be
manufactured by Samsung, Intel or a contract manufacturer."
From its 50,000-square-foot facility in
Horsham, a network of local long-term
suppliers and field offices throughout the
world, SSEC is able to deliver the specifics
requested by each customer. Half of
SSEC's business is based in Asian markets. The United States makes up 35 percent of its business and Europe the rest.
"One of the questions that often comes
up is how can you be an American manufacturer and sell globally where labor
costs are significantly lower, the regulatory environment is easier and there are
many competitors working against you,"
Itzkowitz says. "Being in Pennsylvania,
the only way we can do that is to have the
best product, be more creative and manufacture equipment that produces more
with lower cost and less complexity." mt
Paradigm Tool and Manufacturing Company
has been a supplier to Solid State for over 20 years, supplying
prototypes and engineering support, as well as standard
machine components, specifically designed for use in Solid
State products. Solid State is one of Paradigm's most sophisticated clients incorporating cutting edge ingenuity that
goes into each Solid State product. Paradigm works side by
side with Solid State to produce the precision components
for Solid State's equipment.
Technology changes rapidly and under the direction of a
briskly paced materials procurement group, "time to market"
is essential to the success of Solid State. To effectively supply
Solid State, Paradigm must be able to respond quickly to their
constantly changing needs, as the technology advances.
Hillock Anodizing, a supplier to both Solid State and
Paradigm, providing timely service with superior quality,
helps to complete the loop for all of Solid State's stringent
finishing requirements.


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