At the end of every fiscal year, many companies take advantage of surplus capital before their budget is set for the upcoming year. In an ever-changing business landscape, it’s crucial to maximize your capex budget in as many areas as possible.
To do this while increasing your factory output, choose the thin film deposition process technology that best meets your production requirements. This means not necessarily buying new equipment just because it is “better.” Buying pre-owned or refurbished equipment can help companies realize long-term success.
BENEFITS OF BUYING PRE-OWNED EQUIPMENT
Optimize resources to expand product development: When purchased from a trustworthy partner, pre-owned equipment can supplement a gap in your technology portfolio. Saving money with pre-owned equipment frees up resources so you can invest in updated equipment elsewhere, effectively keeping you ahead of the curve with your product development and helping you innovate with market-driven solutions.
Maximize time and cost savings on lower-volume production: With shorter lead times and lower cost of acquisition, refurbished equipment enables you to shorten your time to production while saving money. These time and cost savings will satisfy the process engineers, equipment engineers, and C-level executives with vested interests in your production. Ultimately, time and cost savings translate to faster time to market. This can be particularly beneficial for less critical or low-volume process steps where shorter equipment lifetime is less of a factor.
Improve your process with tightly integrated controls: Purchasing pre-owned equipment from a reliable semiconductor manufacturer with production-proven solutions means you work with a partner that can make sure your systems – as well as any in-situ controls such as PEM or OMS – are well-integrated. This product integration can give you many of the benefits of an application-specific configuration including increased throughput, higher manufacturing yields, and better repeatability.
PICK A PARTNER YOU CAN TRUST
When adding pre-owned equipment to your portfolio, it’s important to look beyond the sticker price. The lower cost could mean the equipment is outdated or you may be purchasing from a third-party reseller or an unknown vendor. Buying pre-owned from an original manufacturer you trust means having access to the necessary equipment upgrades or modifications you will need to make the equipment productive.
When thinking about your product development goals for next year, maximizing efficiency and balancing the competing priorities of time, cost and performance is essential. Pre-owned equipment can be an excellent solution, allowing you to expand your product roadmap while controlling cost. Picking the right solutions provider will simplify your design process while making sure you have the support you need along the way. Your team will thank you for the increased production efficiency.