Features & Benefits

The Horizon Pitch Changer transfers 25 each silicon wafers between one standard pitch plastic cassette to one non-standard pitch quartz or silicon carbide.

The machine may be configured to accommodate a large diversity of Plastic, Teflon®, metal, Quartz, Silicon Carbide and Polysilicon carriers.

The Horizon Series V machines are designed to limit particle contamination by using lead screw drive and stepper motor, “clean room grade” rails and bearings and electric boat sensors.

The machine will not introduce more than 1.5

particles, greater than .23 micron in diameter, per wafer per transfer (machine must be exhausted to achieve this figure).

All aluminum parts are hard black anodized for 

corrosion resistance.

Electronic through beam sensors are used to detect wafer presence in boats and retainers thus

preventing accidental double loading and scratches.

Lift system uses ramped speed controls for gentle pick-up and landing.

Pressure sensors are used for both personal safety  and machine safety by inhibiting machine operation.

Retainers default to closed position to prevent

dropping wafers in the event of electrostatic

discharge, loss of power, or loss of air pressure.

A pause function is provided to stop the lift system at any position to facilitate preventative maintenance  and cleaning.

The Series V machines have been tested with up to 50,000 volts electrostatic discharges without

disruption to internal electronics. The Series V

machines are virtually immune to RFI noise, EMF, and ESD.

Uptime will exceed 99.25%.

MTBF (mean time between failure): 2,500 hours

MTBA (mean time between assist): 1,000 hours

MTTR (mean time to repair): less than 1 hour


RS232 communications port

Recessed mounting

Vespel package for high temperature applications

Stainless steel covers

Hot boat sensor