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Edwards Honoured at SEMICON® West 2014 for Driving New Industry Standards

Edwards Limited is pleased to announce that Mike Czerniak, Product Marketing Manager Exhaust Gas Management, was honoured with SEMI’s Merit Award during SEMICON® West last week.

In the photo, left to right: Daniel Chlus, IBM; Mike Czerniak, Edwards; Lance Rist, RistTex; and Pau ...

In the photo, left to right: Daniel Chlus, IBM; Mike Czerniak, Edwards; Lance Rist, RistTex; and Paul Trio, SEMI. (Photo: Business Wire)

“The North America SEMI Standards Merit Award recognises member contributions to the semiconductor, photovoltaic and related industries,” stated Paul Trio, Senior Manager, North America Standards, SEMI. “Award winners are recognised for taking the initiative to solve a very complex and significant problem at the task force level, which involves gaining the industry support and cooperation needed to establish and adhere to new industry-wide standards.”

Trio adds, “Czerniak, along with Daniel Chlus (IBM) and Lance Rist (RistTex), were part of the Energy Saving Equipment Communication Task Force responsible for developing new standards designed to help reduce energy consumption in production equipment.”

Previous research has demonstrated that opportunities exist to reduce utility consumption for production equipment while wafers are not being processed. While production equipment is capable of reduced utility consumption, implementation has been slow due to lack of a standard.

Czerniak states, “The implementation of the new SEMI E167 standard will enable wide-spread industry adoption of green mode, which automatically powers down equipment when wafers are not being processed. Green mode is critical for world-wide reduction of energy costs and greenhouse gas emission.” He adds, “Edwards’ pumps and abatement solutions have been capable of green mode, but until now, the lack of industry communication standards have impeded our ability to implement it into our customers’ fabs.”

For further information about Edwards products and services, please visit

About Edwards

Edwards is a leading developer and manufacturer of sophisticated vacuum products, abatement systems and related value-added services. These are integral to manufacturing processes for semiconductors, flat panel displays, LEDs and solar cells; are used within an increasingly diverse range of industrial processes including power, glass and other coating applications, steel and other metallurgy, pharmaceutical and chemical; and for both scientific instruments and a wide range of R&D applications.

Edwards has over 3,200 full-time employees and 500 temporary workers operating in approximately 20 countries worldwide engaged in the design, manufacture and support of high technology vacuum and exhaust management equipment.

Further information about Edwards can be found at

About SEMI

SEMI is the global industry association serving the nano- and micro-electronic manufacturing supply chains. Our 1,900 member companies are the engine of the future, enabling smarter, faster and more economical products that improve our lives. Since 1970, SEMI has been committed to helping members grow more profitably, create new markets and meet common industry challenges. SEMI maintains offices in Bangalore, Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, Grenoble, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit

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