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Semiconductor Tools: Motion Control Faces New Demands

A Machine Design, Automation World and Control Design-hosted webinar sponsored by IKO.

Originally broadcast on June 14, 2023. Now available On Demand.
Sponsor: IKO

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As semiconductor tools increase in capacity and complexity, some conventional motion control components won't be able to keep pace. Join Machine Design, Automation World and Control Design as we examine modern approaches to motion systems that can meet the semiconductor industry's demanding requirements for accuracy, precision, reliability, size and cost. 

The presentation by Karl Wickenheisser of IKO looks first at the growing reliance on crossed roller bearings as a superior alternative to thin section bearings in next-generation wafer handling robots. He’ll also discuss a compact direct drive positioning stage that can meet the stringent speed, accuracy, reliability and cleanliness requirements of semiconductor manufacturing.


Karl Wickenheisser | VP of Sales & Marketing | IKO 

Karl Wickenheisser is a licensed Professional Engineer and bearings industry veteran with over 38 years of international experience at IKO, The Torrington Co., FAG Bearings and RBC Bearings. An active member of both the BSA (Bearing Specialist Association) and PTDA (Power Transmission Distributors Association), he has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering (BEME) from Stevens Institute of Technology and an MBA from Fairfield University. 

Yuichi Ikeuchi | GM Engineering and App Development | IKO International

Yuichi Ikeuchi is the head of engineering for IKO International. Yuichi has been with IKO for more than 21 years, starting with the IKO Product Development Center in Japan and spending the last 18 years here in the US. Yuichi’s extensive technical knowledge in this industry has led to product innovations for IKO and unique solutions for their customers. Yuichi continues to work to improve the performance and application of IKO products in the marketplace.

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