Industry News, Trends and Technology, and Standards Updates

A Look Back At Our Year As 2018 Comes To A Close

Posted by Kimberly Daich; Director of Marketing on Dec 19, 2018 11:47:00 AM

number-2018-wooden-cube-blockIt's getting close to the end of 2018 and we thought it was a good time to look back over our year and think about the many things Cimetrix has done. We are really proud of our team, which spans the globe, their hard work and accomplishments throughout the year. 

Tradeshows and Events

Our team attended, presented and exhibited at more than 25 events this year. These events covered the U.S., Europe, China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia and more. SEMICON West was a flagship event for us, as we took a large team to support two distinct booth areas. These included SEMI’s inaugural Smart Manufacturing Pavilion, where both Alan Weber and Ranjan Chatterjee spoke. You can review this event in the following three blog posts:

SEMICON West Pre-show
Alan Weber's Smart Manufacturing Pavilion speech
Brian Rubow's SEMICON West SEMI Standards meetings wrap-up


SECS/GEM Series

One of our longest series was also one of our most popular ever! It covers the major features and benefits of the GEM standard. Each post was written by one of our engineers who is an expert in the topic. You can review the entire series or select a particular topic you are most interested in learning more about.

SECS/GEM Series


International Offices

Cimetrix has been extremely active this year, and one of the most exciting areas was the opening and/or expansion of several offices in Asia. In February we announced the opening of Shanghai, China office. This blog post is one of several bi-lingual posts we published during 2018 and was one of our most viewed. Learn more about our efforts in China now!

Cimetrix International, Inc., China; 矽美科国际有限公司,中国


Cimetrix Team Members

We have run a Meet Our Team series for over a year, and this is consistently one of our most viewed blog series. Everyone loves getting to know the faces behind the company, and we likewise enjoy introducing our team to the world. You can see all of our Meet Our Team posts at the link below and be sure to stay tuned, because our team is growing, and we will continue to introduce them in this series!

Meet Our Team blog series


And finally, we can't have a year-end wrap-up without our most popular blog of the year...

Gigafab Minute

In October of this year, Alan Weber, our Cimetrix V.P. of New Product Innovations introduced the world to the Gigafab Minute infographic. This blog was picked up and re-posted by SEMI and passed around by some of the most influential leaders in the semiconductor industry. If you haven't seen it yet, we'd encourage you to take a few minutes to read it and leave us your comments!

The Gigafab Minute and SEMI Standards: A Modern Miracle

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Topics: SECS/GEM, Doing Business with Cimetrix, Cimetrix Company Culture, Events, Smart Manufacturing/Industry 4.0

Open and Vibrant Communication

Posted by Brice Laris MPC, CPLP; Human Resources Manager on Dec 11, 2018 11:06:00 AM

teamwork-puzzle-organized-pieces-together-frameA small engineering company hired a brand-new engineer from a competitor. He was introduced by management as being “dynamic and creative” and they would see “where he would fit” in the company. The engineer walked around, asked questions, and began to learn about the different projects under consideration and what he might be interested in. During his first month with the company, two of his peers quit. When asked about their reasons for leaving in the exit interview, both felt like that management had hired the new engineer to take their place. In the absence of solid communication from management, two good employees made incorrect assumptions and moved on. It was never management’s intention to replace anyone and the feedback surprised them. Additionally, they were surprised by the fact that the employees didn’t feel comfortable about coming to management and asking about the role of the new engineer. This situation provided a valuable lesson about the importance of open and vibrant communication.At Cimetrix, one of our core values is “Team: Encourage Open and Vibrant Communications.” Open communication is the hallmark of many companies’ core values, but vibrant is an important distinction. When we talk about open communication we usually mean honest, direct feedback—a key component in any business’ success. Vibrant communication means that honest, direct feedback is not only expected, it is also enthusiastically encouraged and provided. We want employees to never be shy about sharing their feelings about how Cimetrix can do better. 

With over 500 years of collective experience amongst our employees, there are very few problems that someone has not encountered before. Sometimes that experience allows a problem to be quickly solved. Other times it might just provide advice about what not to do, because that solution did not work. Both types are valuable, and both are encouraged of all Cimetrix employees. When we say all, we really do mean all. A problem in Human Resources may have been encountered by a software engineer at a previous company. A solutions engineer may be dealing with a challenge similar to one faced by marketing not long ago. Only looking inward for answers to problems, challenges or questions is like driving a car with only one of your five senses. Sure, sight is a big help in driving the car, but so is listening for crossing trains, feeling the pattern of the road when the traffic lines aren’t visible and smelling for fumes that might indicate a problem with the car itself.

Open and vibrant communication has a ripple effect, much like throwing a stone in a pool of water. When employees effectively and efficiently solve problems, our company’s reputation is enhanced, and we build better products. Those better products ripple out to enable our customers to produce better solutions for their customers. Those solutions continue to ripple out through the supply chain all the way to the end users, when they purchase a semiconductor-based product such as a smartphone, television or laptop. 

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However, open and vibrant communication does not just happen, it must be constantly modeled and encouraged on a daily basis by management. There must also be a culture that allows people to speak up without fear of reprisal, retaliation or derision. Nothing will shut down communication faster than someone saying, “That was a stupid idea,” or “How could you know anything about this; you’re not an engineer/accountant/marketer/developer/manager/etc.” If this type of behavior occurs it must be called out, professionally, to reinforce the principle that there are no “bad ideas.” 

I encourage you to reflect on your business and ask yourself if open and vibrant communication is a part of your culture, and if it isn’t, what changes do you need to make. While a company with poor communication between and to employees can be successful in the short term, it becomes more difficult to continue to succeed in the long term.

Learn more about Cimetrix, our mission and our culture. 

Meet Cimetrix

Topics: Doing Business with Cimetrix, Cimetrix Company Culture

Meet the Quality Engineering Team: Morgan Kap

Posted by Cimetrix on Nov 14, 2018 11:17:00 AM

ACG-2018_Morgan_KapMeet Morgan Kap, one of our QE Software Engineers. Read on to learn a little bit more about Morgan.

How long have you been working at Cimetrix? I have been working at Cimetrix for about 9 months.

Where did you go to school and what did you get your degree in?

I attended Brigham Young University and studied Information Systems.

What brought you to Cimetrix originally?

I came to Cimetrix after finishing school and was excited about joining a company that is an industry leader and has a great company culture.

What do you like most about your job?

My favorite part so far has been being able to contribute to product releases and finding features that can be improved before a release.

What do you think it means to provide great Quality Engineering?

I think that great Quality Engineering is working together as a team to ensure that every release that leaves our doors are of the best quality. Also continue to grow professionally as a team so that we can always be improving the work we are doing.

What’s the biggest accomplishment you’ve had at Cimetrix?

I am still new to the team so being able to make a contribution and help with release testing has been a really exciting experience.

How do you deal with challenges that come up at work?

I rely on the expertise around me. If I am struggling with something everyone is so willing to help me understand how our products work.

What's something you’ve learned while working at Cimetrix?

I have learned so much! I have learned about how all our products function and the value they bring to the industry we operate in.

What’s your favorite vacation spot?

I love going to Bear Lake and spending time boating.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I spend time teaching horseback riding lessons and reading.

Topics: Doing Business with Cimetrix, Cimetrix Company Culture, Meet Our Team

Meet the Quality Engineering Team: Bryce Ostler

Posted by Cimetrix on Sep 26, 2018 10:41:00 AM

ACG-2018-Bryce-OstlerMeet Bryce Ostler, one of our QE Software Engineers. Read on to learn a little bit more about Bryce.

How long have you worked at Cimetrix?

I have been working here at Cimetrix for just over a year now.

Where did you go to school and what is your degree?

I earned my B.A. in Accounting and an MBA from the University of Utah. I also earned a B.S. in Computer Science from Utah Valley University

What brought you to Cimetrix originally?

A friend of mine who already worked at Cimetrix mentioned that there was an opening here and I was graduating with my B.S. in Computer Science.  I liked the people I interviewed with and the friendly, positive atmosphere here.

What do you like most about your job?

People here at Cimetrix are helpful when I have questions, and I get to learn more about Software Development through my work.

What do you think it means to provide great Quality Engineering?

Solving problems and learning from them to prevent problems in the future, as well as researching good industry practices that can be implemented to help prevent problems.  Emphasis on incremental enhancements to build a resilient engineering environment.  Identifying and solving problems before they occur.

What’s the biggest accomplishment you’ve had at Cimetrix?

Integrating with the team and contributing along with the team.

How do you deal with challenges that come up at work?

    • Identify the details related to the challenges
    • Identify potential solutions
    • Do/prepare what I can do to address it on my own
    • Work with teammates to complete a solution
    • Verify solution works/is working
    • Identify lessons learned from the challenge
    • Do periodic follow-ups to verify long term endurance

What's something you’ve learned while working at Cimetrix?

I've learned to develop in Micrososft Visual Studio.  I've also learned more about the factory automation industry and processes.

What’s your favorite vacation spot?

Right here in the mountains of Utah!

What do you like to do in your free time?

I like bouldering, running, mountain biking, programming, and reading. 

Topics: Doing Business with Cimetrix, Cimetrix Company Culture, Meet Our Team

2018 Shareholder Meeting Recap

Posted by Jodi M. Juretich: Chief Financial Officer on Aug 24, 2018 11:30:00 AM
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It was nice to see so many familiar faces this past Friday, August 17, 2018 at our Annual Shareholders Meeting. The meeting was held at our headquarters in Salt Lake City, UT with over fifty-five percent of Cimetrix shareholders represented at the meeting. There was one proposal submitted by management to re-elect all five Directors, which was approved by shareholders with over 99% of the votes cast in favor of the proposal. We are grateful to have an incredibly talented and experienced Board of Directors who take their responsibility to represent the interests of shareholders very seriously. We are thankful our shareholders recognize and appreciate the value of our independent directors. 

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After the formal shareholder meeting was adjourned, Dave Faulkner, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and Ranjan Chatterjee, Vice President and General Manager, Smart Factory Business Unit, gave presentations on the exciting growth initiatives underway at Cimetrix. Following their presentation, Bob Reback, President and CEO, provided his perspective on the state-of-the-company and outlook going forward. During these presentations and ensuing discussion, management shared that Cimetrix is seeing the results of its growth initiatives, as revenues for the first six months of 2018 were up over 24% year-over-year. In addition, during a discussion on the benefits of going private (which Cimetrix did at the end of 2014), management reported the benefits of going private exceeded its expectations and contributed to growing revenues at a CAGR over 18%, compared to the 6% CAGR as a public company from 2002 through 2013. Lastly, management reported that its balance sheet continues to get stronger, even as the company is able to make significant investments in its growth initiatives. The company continues to operate profitability on a quarterly basis, the company has no debt, and the company now has over $3M of cash.

We continue to be thankful for the support and enthusiasm demonstrated by our shareholders, the hard work of all our employees and the wisdom and guidance of our Board of Directors. Thank you for all your contributions to Cimetrix. 

Topics: Doing Business with Cimetrix, Cimetrix Company Culture, Investor News

Meet the Quality Engineering Team: Shayla Holbrook

Posted by Cimetrix on Aug 9, 2018 11:09:00 AM

CIM_2017-6529-117787-editedMeet Shayla Holbrook, one of our QE Software Engineers. Read on to learn a little bit more about Shayla.

How long have you worked at Cimetrix?

I have been working at Cimetrix since the end of July 2017—so just over a year!

Where did you go to school and what is your degree?

I earned my BS in Bioinformatics from BYU. I had been working toward a degree in Biology when I felt a strong draw toward computer science. I was lucky enough to discover a degree that would mesh the two paths instead of forcing a restart to my university education.

What brought you to Cimetrix originally?

Fresh out of school, I was looking for a company that would be a good match for me when I discovered a posting for Cimetrix. I did a bit of digging to try to understand more than the company’s outward focus. I wanted to understand the culture and the way the employees felt about working here. What I discovered was a culture of unity, understanding, and a drive toward a common goal. So it was ultimately this culture that brought me to Cimetrix.

What do you like most about your job?

Honestly, what I like most about my job is the people. I love working with my team to build quality into our products. I also enjoy making sure everything is running smoothly and, in the case that it isn’t, helping to discover how we can improve our products and processes.

What do you think it means to provide great Quality Engineering?

Quality Engineering is not just about the testing—as many people believe. It is about building the quality into our products as well as our process. This includes developing stronger test suites, reducing holdups in the test environment, modifying process documents to provide better clarity and unity, and raising questions that lead to create a smoother engineering process. Therefore, providing great quality engineering encompasses everything that would assist engineering to run smoothly and provide our best product.

What’s the biggest accomplishment you’ve had at Cimetrix?

My biggest accomplishment was not something I did alone and is something still in progress. As a QE team, we gathered together and discussed the future of the team. Listening to everyone’s viewpoints, I realized, and pointed out, that we were not only divided in our current direction but also lacked unity in where we believed our team should be heading and improving. I count pointing that information out as my biggest accomplishment because, since then, we have taken actions to not only unify in our course but to also actively seek ways to improve our team and our work. 

How do you deal with challenges that come up at work?

One thing I love about Cimetrix is that I know I can talk to anyone about anything at work. So when challenges arise, I seek out the answers to the questions that will help me to deal with those challenges and solve whatever problem I may be having.

What's something you’ve learned while working at Cimetrix?

Always ask questions. It is always better to sound dumb than to assume you understand something and make a mistake. That mistake, no matter the size, could reduce the quality of the work being performed and will take more time to fix than it would have to ask the initial question.

What’s your favorite vacation spot?

I am not quite sure I have a specific location. However, all of my favorite vacations have allowed me to spend significant time outside enjoying the fresh air and the beauties nature has to offer. One of my favorites being the time I got to spend a day in Germany’s Black Forest.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I love spending time with my family above all else. After that, I enjoy reading, hosting campfires in the canyon, and working with my hands.  Some of my creative projects have included carving Hobbes (the tiger) out of basswood, sketching dragons, and quilting a large sunset elephant throw quilt.

Topics: Doing Business with Cimetrix, Cimetrix Company Culture, Meet Our Team

Meet the Quality Engineering Team: David Harrison

Posted by Cimetrix on Jul 25, 2018 11:23:00 AM

David_Harrison-888569-editedMeet David Harrison, Quality Engineering Team Lead. Read on to learn a little bit more about David.

How long have you worked at Cimetrix?

I have been with Cimetrix for 1 year and 6 months.

Where did you go to school and what is your degree?

I graduated from the University of Utah School of Computing with a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science in December of 2016.

What brought you to Cimetrix originally?

I was looking for positions to start after graduation and found Cimetrix through Glassdoor.com. The Company values and standards really resonated with me. I was excited to join an industry with so much growth and movement.

What do you like most about your job?

I look forward to coming to work every day on a great team of individuals and contributing to the development of products that affect millions of lives around the world.

What do you think it means to provide great Quality Engineering?

To build the quality into the product itself by working with the entire development team, from CT&S to Marketing, to deliver stable, reliable products to our customers, and build the quality of our team members as well through mentorship and collaboration.

What’s the biggest accomplishment you’ve had at Cimetrix?

Taking on roles of QE Team Lead and SCRUM Master when I hadn’t even been with the company for one year was a unique challenge and overcoming that challenge and building a great QE culture has been a big accomplishment. 

How do you deal with challenges that come up at work?

The biggest resource I have when I am confronted with a difficult challenge is my peers and colleagues.  I am fortunate to work with many people who have vast knowledge and experience.  Their willingness to take on challenges as a team makes challenges easy to deal with. 

What's something you’ve learned while working at Cimetrix?

Companies that live by their values and lead by example by practicing what they preach will draw success to them.

What’s your favorite vacation spot?

Anywhere there is a tropical beach. But if we are being specific, Kauai, HI.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I like home improvement, reading, hiking, spending time with family and friends, board games, painting, rock climbing, gardening, playing music, cooking, and video games.

Topics: Doing Business with Cimetrix, Cimetrix Company Culture, Meet Our Team

Cimetrix Company Culture

Posted by Niel Westover on Jun 27, 2018 1:25:00 PM

Niel-WestoverThere are good jobs, and then there are great jobs.  Before joining Cimetrix, I had been happily working for nearly nine years at a decent-sized company, and I had no plans to leave any time soon.  But when an opportunity to work at Cimetrix presented itself, I was intrigued by the possibilities of working for a smaller company where my contributions would have a large impact.  After looking into Cimetrix  a bit more, I discovered a place focused on values, transparency, productivity and a fun company culture.  In the end, it wasn’t a hard decision to leave my good job and trade up for an even better one at Cimetrix. 

One of the things I appreciate most about Cimetrix is their commitment to transparency.  Upper management wants everyone to be involved in the vision and direction of the company.  To that end, we have monthly meetings where the current state of the company is made known, as well as the outlook for the future.  It seems that every year is a new banner year at Cimetrix.  This is a great time to be in the semiconductor industry.

In my time at Cimetrix, I’ve also had the opportunity to work with some great people.  My co-workers have been extremely knowledgeable and willing to help the newer employees without hesitation.  They are dedicated to their jobs and you can see the passion they have for their projects.

The company culture is another aspect that drew me to Cimetrix.  In my time here, I’ve seen costume contests and soup cook-offs.  I’ve played ping pong with managers, and video games with co-workers at lunch.  There are endless excuses to eat, and an endless of supply of soft drinks to wash down all the food.  Each year, the company hosts an annual party for employees to treat their families to a day of fun.  The benefits are great, and don’t forget about the ability to work from home 3 days a week.

All told, if you’re looking for a great place to work with a fun company culture, a focus on values and high employee involvement, then a job at Cimetrix is an opportunity you should not pass up.

To see all Cimetrix career opportunities, check out our Employment page!

Careers

Topics: Cimetrix Company Culture

Meet the Quality Engineering Team: Ryoko Fukushima

Posted by Cimetrix on Jun 20, 2018 11:42:00 AM

CIM_2017-6592-637302-editedThe Quality Software Engineering team at Cimetrix is dedicated to delivering the highest quality software products to all Cimetrix customers. The QE team works closely with the development engineers to plan and build sound, testable solutions in an agile working environment. Through rigorous testing and creative problem solving, we advocate for and build quality into our products. We accomplish this with a determined team that works hard to uphold high standards of both software functionality, and software structure.

The QE team is built from a wide range of engineering backgrounds and experience, from recent graduates to those with 10+ years of experience. This variety of talent provides an array of viewpoints, input, testing styles and product intuition that are crucial to Cimetrix delivering the best software in a competitive market.

This week we meet Ryoko Fukushima, Quality Engineering Team Lead. Read on to learn a little bit more about Ryoko.

How long have you worked at Cimetrix?

I have been with Cimetrix for 12 years.

What brought you to Cimetrix originally?

I was looking for a career where I could use my computer science degree and Japanese/English bilingual skills.

What do you like most about your job?

I really like that it's a small company with tight-knit employees. I like being able to have an impact on the culture and direction of the company, something that was missing from the larger companies I've worked for. 

What do you think it means to provide great Quality Engineering?

It takes more time to do things right, but it is a good investment for future growth because of the level of quality built into our products. 

What’s the biggest accomplishment you’ve had at Cimetrix?

Having worked in several departments including Sales & Marketing, Client Training & Support, and our Engineering team, I'm now bringing that experience  into my new position as QE Team Lead to build quality processes and products. 

How do you deal with challenges that come up at work?

By using teamwork to discuss the issue and look for a solution. We're able to get different opinions and points of view across by sharing the challenge and solving the problem together. 

What's something you’ve learned while working at Cimetrix?

Agile programming. When I joined Cimetrix I didn't know anything about Agile, all my experience previously was with Waterfall programming. By utilizing Agile programming it's easier to introduce fixes and new features into our products quickly. 

What’s your favorite vacation spot?

Topaz Mountain in southern Utah. I love to go rockhounding and camping!

What do you like to do in your free time?

I really enjoy Olympic weightlifting. My personal record is a 50 kilo snatch and a 66 kilo clean and jerk, and I continue training in a local Olympic weightlifting club.  

Topics: Doing Business with Cimetrix, Cimetrix Company Culture, Meet Our Team

Meet the Team CT&S: Jesse Lopez

Posted by Cimetrix on May 29, 2018 10:33:00 AM

Jesse Lopez-586454-editedMeet Jesse Lopez, a member of the Client Training and Support team. Read on to learn a little bit more about Jesse.

How long have you been working at Cimetrix?

I have worked at Cimetrix since August 2017             

Where did you go to school and what did you get your degree in?

I received my BS in Computer Science from National University.  I'm currently working towards my Masters in Computer Science at National University as well.  I also completed AEGIS Computer Network Training while in the Navy.  I also have an Associate's of Science from Utah State University. 

What brought you to Cimetrix originally?

I worked at IM Flash Technologies as an Engineering Technician.  After getting my Bachelor's in CS I saw a job posting with Cimetrix that perfectly fit my unique background. 

What do you like most about your job?

The satisfaction of solving problems with a proactive support team.

What do you think is it means to provide great customer support?

I think that great customer support means listening to understand and not just to hear. Once you can fully understand the customers problem, then you can help provide an effective complete solution.

What’s the biggest accomplishment you’ve had at Cimetrix?

Being able to provide training to new team members and clients.

How do you deal with challenges that come up at work?

I try to use all of the resources I have to figure it out myself. If it is time sensitive or I have spent too much time on it then I will run it by the rest of the CT&S team.

What’s your favorite vacation spot?

Sydney, Australia. 

What's something you’ve learned while working at Cimetrix?

Multi-threading and working with COM objects.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Spend time with my wife and three sons. I enjoy teaching my sons how to fix what they break and how to create what they imagine.

Topics: Doing Business with Cimetrix, Cimetrix Company Culture, Meet Our Team