The HiPak from ABB Semiconductors is a high-performance semiconductor switching module for high current and voltage, and is known for its short switching time and reliability. As such, the product is used where high power must be switched fast, for example, on a train or in a wind power plant.
A HiPak module consists of several IGBT modules which during production need to be held in so-called washing baskets. These are very specific in nature, having to hold the required IGBTs, and ABB Semiconductors long searched for a suitable production storage system for its HiPak IGBT modules production. During a visit to Essemtec AG, the Swiss manufacturer learned about the SMD Tower, which is an automatic and scaleable storage system for electronic components in the form of reels and trays.
The Tower features a small footprint of only one square meter and several Towers can be grouped for larger scale storage, which was ideal for HiPak production at ABB Semiconductors.