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Lennart Stenberg, Swedish National Tax Authority

Rudolph Technologies

Semiconductor Customers Reach Market Faster with Smalltalk-Based ControlWORKS

Rudolph Technologies, Inc. is a software development and integration services company for the semiconductor industry. Rudolph delivers advanced process control, equipment control, and equipment integration to semiconductor device and equipment makers worldwide. ControlWORKS is its control system solution, created with funding from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and Texas Instruments.

Rudolph Technologies sold its first commercial license of ControlWORKS, the control software for manufacturing microchips, in 1994. Today, more than 6,000 ControlWORKS systems serve the semiconductor industry. Semiconductor manufacturers pay millions of dollars for production tools, so they need control software to be infinitely adaptable to their process requirements. Rudolph’s challenge is to produce a configurable machine-control development framework that delivers a wide range of supervisory functions, as well as embedded real-time control of manufacturing processes. With VisualWorks, Rudolph helps these manufacturers get their tools to market in months instead of years, reduce their control organizations up to 90 percent, and cut maintenance costs with built-in standard processes.

Today, more than 6,000 ControlWORKS systems help semiconductor manufacturers create products in a shorter time frame by smaller development teams than traditional, homegrown solutions.

So, how did Rudolph achieve this level of success?

We make our customers successful…and they are successful because we met the goals we set forth at the start. VisualWorks Smalltalk made those goals achievable.
Deputy Director of Control Systems, Rudolph Technologies

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