Patents by Inventor Kazuhide Asai

Kazuhide Asai has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20240014055
    Abstract: There is provided a technique, which includes: at least one substrate processing apparatus including a controller configured to be capable of controlling processing of a substrate according to a recipe including at least one step and a first memory configured to be capable of storing data of the at least one substrate processing apparatus that is reported during the processing of the substrate; and a data manager connected to the at least one substrate processing apparatus, configured to acquire the data, and configured to be capable of specifying the number of the at least one step that is included in the data to be acquired such that the data falls within a predefined data acquirable range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2023
    Publication date: January 11, 2024
    Applicant: Kokusai Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi YAMAMOTO, Hidemoto Hayashihara, Kayoko Yashiki, Kyohei Kita, Kazuhide Asai
  • Publication number: 20230397303
    Abstract: There is provided a technique that includes: (a) processing a substrate by executing a processing program stored in a memory; (b) inspecting and determining whether the processing program is infected with a computer virus; and (c) executing at least one interruption program stored in the memory and configured to interrupt the processing program when the processing program is determined to be infected with the computer virus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2023
    Publication date: December 7, 2023
    Applicant: Kokusai Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki YAMADA, Kazuhide ASAI
  • Patent number: 11782425
    Abstract: There is provided a configuration that includes: a main controller configured to, when executing a process recipe including a specific step of executing a sub-recipe, control a process controller to execute the sub-recipe a predetermined number of times to perform a predetermined process to a substrate: and a device management controller configured to collect device data during an execution of the process, recipe and store the device data in a storage part. The device management controller is further configured to: search the storage part; acquire the device data in a designated step among respective steps constituting the sub-recipe for a number of times of execution of the sub-recipe; calculate a first standard deviation of the device data acquired for the number of times of execution; and compare the first standard deviation with a threshold value and generate an alarm when the first standard deviation exceeds the threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: KOKUSAI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Yamamoto, Kazuhide Asai, Hidemoto Hayashihara, Mitsuru Fukuda, Kayoko Yashiki, Takayuki Kawagishi, Hiroyuki Iwakura
  • Publication number: 20230099451
    Abstract: There is provided a technique that includes: processing a substrate according to a processing condition of the substrate; collecting atmospheric pressure data in parallel with the processing of the substrate; adjusting the processing condition of the substrate using the collected atmospheric pressure data; and performing control of the substrate processing according to the processing condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2022
    Publication date: March 30, 2023
    Applicant: Kokusai Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Norihito SHINOZAWA, Osamu UEDA, Takanori KYOGOKU, Kazuhide ASAI
  • Publication number: 20230027653
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the technique, there is provided a technique, including: a process chamber in which a substrate is processed; a memory that stores recipe information describing a procedure that executes the processing of the substrate, process data accumulated during the processing of a plurality of substrates, variation quality data calculated from the process data, and comparison data to be compared with the variation quality data; a monitor configured to monitor the process data; an analyzer configured to compare the variation quality data with the comparison data to obtain a reproduction index indicating a reproducibility of the comparison data, and calculate a correction value of setting information included in the recipe information when the reproduction index is smaller than a predetermined value; and a controller configured to be capable of correcting the setting information included in the recipe information with the correction value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2022
    Publication date: January 26, 2023
    Applicant: Kokusai Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi YAMAMOTO, Hidemoto HAYASHIHARA, Kayoko YASHIKI, Kazuhide ASAI
  • Publication number: 20220300192
    Abstract: There is provided a technique that includes: a first storage configured to store request data from a terminal apparatus; a second storage configured to store information from a processing apparatus; and a controller configured to be capable of searching one of the first storage and the second storage based on the received request data and acquiring information of the processing apparatus corresponding to contents of the request data by using at least one selected from the group of the first storage and the second storage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2022
    Publication date: September 22, 2022
    Applicant: Kokusai Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Yusuke SAKAMOTO, Kazuhide ASAI, Kayoko YASHIKI, Osamu UEDA, Shuai YUAN
  • Patent number: 11387152
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the technique, there is provided a technique, including: a process chamber in which a substrate is processed; a memory that stores recipe information describing a procedure that executes the processing of the substrate, process data accumulated during the processing of a plurality of substrates, variation quality data calculated from the process data, and comparison data to be compared with the variation quality data; a monitor configured to monitor the process data; an analyzer configured to compare the variation quality data with the comparison data to obtain a reproduction index indicating a reproducibility of the comparison data, and calculate a correction value of setting information included in the recipe information when the reproduction index is smaller than a predetermined value; and a controller configured to be capable of correcting the setting information included in the recipe information with the correction value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: KOKUSAI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Yamamoto, Hidemoto Hayashihara, Kayoko Yashiki, Kazuhide Asai
  • Publication number: 20220136497
    Abstract: There is provided a technique that includes: a controller configured to execute a process recipe including a plurality of steps to perform a predetermined process on a substrate. The controller acquires device data, which includes at least one of a current value, a rotational speed, and a back pressure of a pump, in a specific step among the plurality of steps and compares an acquired value of the device data with a previously acquired value of the device data. The controller generates a notification if at least one of the following conditions is met: the acquired value for the current value is larger than the previously acquired value for the current value, the acquired value for the back pressure is larger than the previously acquired value for the back pressure, and the acquired value for the rotational speed is smaller than the previously acquired value for the rotational speed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2022
    Publication date: May 5, 2022
    Applicant: KOKUSAI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masanori OKUNO, Hideki HORITA, Kazuyoshi YAMAMOTO, Kazuhide ASAI, Toshihiko YONEJIMA
  • Patent number: 11237538
    Abstract: A substrate processing apparatus includes a device management controller including a parts management control part configured to monitor the state of parts constituting the apparatus, a device state monitoring control part configured to monitor integrity of device data obtained from an operation state of the parts constituting the apparatus, and a data matching control part configured to monitor facility data provided from a factory facility to the apparatus. The device management controller is configured to derive information evaluating the operation state of the apparatus based on a plurality of monitoring result data selected from a group consisting of maintenance timing monitoring result data acquired by the parts management control part, device state monitoring result data acquired by the device state monitoring control part, and utility monitoring result data acquired by the data matching control part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: KOKUSAI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhide Asai, Kazuyoshi Yamamoto, Hidemoto Hayashihara, Takayuki Kawagishi, Kayoko Yashiki, Yukio Miyata, Hiroyuki Iwakura, Masanori Okuno, Kenichi Fujimoto, Ryuichi Kaji
  • Patent number: 11236743
    Abstract: There is provided a technique that includes: a main controller configured to execute a process recipe including a plurality of steps to perform a predetermined process on a substrate so as to acquire device data when executing the process recipe; and a storage part configured to store the acquired device data, wherein the main controller is configured to: acquire the device data in a predetermined specific step among the steps constituting the process recipe; calculate a value of the acquired device data in the specific step; compare the calculated value with a value of the device data in the specific step calculated at a time of previous execution of the process recipe; and generate an alarm when the calculated value shows a predefined tendency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: KOKUSAI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masanori Okuno, Hideki Horita, Kazuyoshi Yamamoto, Kazuhide Asai, Toshihiko Yonejima
  • Publication number: 20220019191
    Abstract: A substrate processing apparatus includes a device management controller including a parts management control part configured to monitor the state of parts constituting the apparatus, a device state monitoring control part configured to monitor integrity of device data obtained from an operation state of the parts constituting the apparatus, and a data matching control part configured to monitor facility data provided from a factory facility to the apparatus. The device management controller is configured to derive information evaluating the operation state of the apparatus based on a plurality of monitoring result data selected from a group consisting of maintenance timing monitoring result data acquired by the parts management control part, device state monitoring result data acquired by the device state monitoring control part, and utility monitoring result data acquired by the data matching control part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2021
    Publication date: January 20, 2022
    Applicant: KOKUSAI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhide ASAI, Kazuyoshi YAMAMOTO, Hidemoto HAYASHIHARA, Takayuki KAWAGISHI, Kayoko YASHIKI, Yukio MIYATA, Hiroyuki IWAKURA, Masanori OKUNO, Kenichi FUJIMOTO, Ryuichi KAJI
  • Patent number: 11086304
    Abstract: A substrate processing apparatus includes an operating unit for transmitting apparatus data to a memory, the apparatus data being required while a recipe for processing a substrate is executed; and a data matching unit for comparing the apparatus data stored in the memory. When an error occurs in the substrate processing apparatus, the operating unit transmits data representing the error to the data matching unit. The data matching unit includes: a selection unit for selecting first apparatus data which was acquired when the recipe was executed without an occurrence of the error, and stored in the memory; an acquisition unit for acquiring first and second apparatus data from the memory, the first apparatus data being acquired when an error did not occur and the second apparatus data being acquired when an error occurred; and a calculation unit for comparing the first and second apparatus data and calculating a difference therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: KOKUSAI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhide Asai, Kazuyoshi Yamamoto, Takayuki Kawagishi, Hidemoto Hayashihara, Kayoko Yashiki, Hiroyuki Iwakura
  • Publication number: 20210235546
    Abstract: There is provided a technique that includes: (a) processing a substrate by executing a processing program stored in a memory; (b) inspecting and determining whether the processing program is infected with a computer virus; and (c) executing at least one interruption program stored in the memory and configured to interrupt the processing program when the processing program is determined to be infected with the computer virus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2020
    Publication date: July 29, 2021
    Applicant: KOKUSAI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroyuki YAMADA, Kazuhide ASAI
  • Publication number: 20210191371
    Abstract: There is provided a technique that includes: a processor configured to process a substrate; a transceiver connected to a group management apparatus such that the transceiver can communicate with the group management apparatus, the transceiver being configured to transmit and receive only telegram data to and from the group management apparatus; and a controller configured to be capable of controlling a process performed by the processor based on the telegram data received by the transceiver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2020
    Publication date: June 24, 2021
    Applicant: KOKUSAI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuhide ASAI
  • Patent number: 10937676
    Abstract: There is provided a configuration that includes a device-status-monitoring controller that stores, in a storage section, device data generated by the apparatus; an analysis-support controller that acquires the device data related to abnormality analysis information from the storage section based on basic information that includes: information that defines an abnormal event, at least one of the device data corresponding to the abnormal event, and step information indicating a step where the at least one of the device data is generated; and recipe-specific information that includes at least a recipe name; and a display device that displays the device data related to the abnormality analysis information in a manner that goes back to a past time from a time when a latest recipe specified by the recipe name is executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: KOKUSAI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhide Asai, Hidemoto Hayashihara, Kazuyoshi Yamamoto, Takayuki Kawagishi, Kayoko Yashiki, Hiroyuki Iwakura
  • Patent number: 10903098
    Abstract: There is provided a technique that includes a first controller configured to acquire event data generated at a time of transferring a substrate and alarm data generated at a time of occurrence of a transfer error, a recorder configured to, while recording a transfer operation of the substrate as first image data, record the transfer operation of the substrate as second image data having a higher resolution than the first image data, a second controller configured to store the first image data in a first memory based on the event data, and store the second image data in a second memory based on the alarm data, and an operating controller configured to display at least the first image data and the second image data. The second controller displays both the first image data and the second image data on a same screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: KOKUSAI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akihiko Yoneda, Kazuhide Asai, Tetsuyuki Maeda, Naoya Miyashita, Nobuyuki Miyakawa, Tadashi Okazaki, Hideo Yanase
  • Patent number: 10860005
    Abstract: There is provided a technique for detecting a fault of a device from an error in device data. According to the technique described herein, there is provided a substrate processing apparatus including: a pipe heater configured to heat a gas pipe; a temperature detecting unit provided at the pipe heater and configured to detect a temperature of the gas pipe; a control unit configured to control the pipe heater based on device data representing the temperature of the gas pipe measured by the temperature detecting unit by executing a process control program to adjust an electrical power applied to the pipe heater; a memory unit configured to store a monitored item table; and a device status monitoring unit configured to execute a device status monitoring program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: KOKUSAI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhide Asai, Hiroyuki Iwakura, Hidemoto Hayashihara, Mitsuru Fukuda, Kazuyoshi Yamamoto, Kayoko Yashiki, Takayuki Kawagishi
  • Publication number: 20200201305
    Abstract: There is provided a configuration that includes: a main controller configured to, when executing a process recipe including a specific step of executing a sub-recipe, control a process controller to execute the sub-recipe a predetermined number of times to perform a predetermined process to a substrate: and a device management controller configured to collect device data during an execution of the process, recipe and store the device data in a storage part. The device management controller is further configured to: search the storage part; acquire the device data in a designated step among respective steps constituting the sub-recipe for a number of times of execution of the sub-recipe; calculate a first standard deviation of the device data acquired for the number of times of execution; and compare he first standard deviation with a threshold value and generate an alarm when the first standard deviation exceeds the threshold value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2020
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Applicant: KOKUSAI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi YAMAMOTO, Kazuhide ASAI, Hidemoto HAYASHIHARA, Mitsuru FUKUDA, Kayoko YASHIKI, Takayuki KAWAGISHI, Hiroyuki IWAKURA
  • Publication number: 20200192324
    Abstract: A substrate processing apparatus includes a device management controller including a parts management control part configured to monitor the state of parts constituting the apparatus, a device state monitoring control part configured to monitor integrity of device data obtained from an operation state of the parts constituting the apparatus, and a data matching control part configured to monitor facility data provided from a factory facility to the apparatus. The device management controller is configured to derive information evaluating the operation state of the apparatus based on a plurality of monitoring result data selected from a group consisting of maintenance timing monitoring result data acquired by the parts management control part, device state monitoring result data acquired by the device state monitoring control part, and utility monitoring result data acquired by the data matching control part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Applicant: KOKUSAI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhide ASAI, Kazuyoshi YAMAMOTO, Hidemoto HAYASHIHARA, Takayuki KAWAGISHI, Kayoko YASHIKI, Yukio MIYATA, Hiroyuki IWAKURA, Masanori OKUNO, Kenichi FUJIMOTO, Ryuichi KAJI
  • Publication number: 20200043763
    Abstract: There is provided a technique that includes a first controller configured to acquire event data generated at a time of transferring a substrate and alarm data generated at a time of occurrence of a transfer error, a recorder configured to, while recording a transfer operation of the substrate as first image data, record the transfer operation of the substrate as second image data having a higher resolution than the first image data, a second controller configured to store the first image data in a first memory based on the event data, and store the second image data in a second memory based on the alarm data, and an operating controller configured to display at least the first image data and the second image data. The second controller displays both the first image data and the second image data on a same screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Publication date: February 6, 2020
    Applicant: KOKUSAI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akihiko YONEDA, Kazuhide ASAI, Tetsuyuki MAEDA, Naoya MIYASHITA, Nobuyuki MIYAKAWA, Tadashi OKAZAKI, Hideo YANASE