screen manufacturer Samsung SDI is constantly on the lookout for innovative
products. High-performance sealing helps to maintain its market dominance.
in Isolast® sealing
material give superior performance.
In what is looking to be a very auspicious Year of the Rat
for South Korean giant Samsung, industry analysts are predicting a massive
spike in global demand for plasma display panel (PDP) televisions. This is
expected to occur in the run-up to the Beijing Olympic Games and UEFA’s
European Football Championship, both set to take place this year. As a result,
production on Samsung’s PDP lines has shifted into overdrive, with an extra 5.3
million units being turned out this year - an increase of 70% from 2007.
For Samsung, one of the key components in the company’s PDP manufacturing
operations has been an O-Ring in Isolast material, supplied by Trelleborg
Sealing Solutions. The perfluoroelastomer sealing compound withstands very high
thermal stresses with a continuous operating temperature of up to 325°C.
Typically used in process applications in the chemical, hydrocarbon,
pharmaceutical and semiconductor industries, Isolast sealing products are also
employed by equipment manufacturers and end users in other industrial sectors.
For the semiconductor industry, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions supplies the Fab RangeTM
materials specially engineered for the sector’s needs. These specialist
compounds are formulated specifically for wet, wafer, diffusion and rapid
thermal process environments, as well as plasma and chemical-vapor deposition.
They have high-temperature capabilities, exhibit low levels of extractable
total organic carbon (TOC), demonstrate minimal particle generation, and offer
extremely low outgassing.
Samsung uses the O-Ring in the manufacture of its PDP panels. The seal is
inserted into a plasma gun (a tool used in the standard production of
flat-panel screens) and places a vacuum seal on the unit. According to Samsung,
the O-Ring is considered a value-added product, superior in quality and
durability when compared to competitive sealing products initially chosen by
“Trelleborg’s O-Ring has better thermal resistance compared to the competitor.
And it is easier to install and repair because of its reduced adhesion
properties,” says Song Yun-Seok, general manager of Trelleborg Sealing
Solutions in South Korea.
The Isolast O-Ring combines high performance and quality, giving superior
reliability, longer service life, greater safety, reduced wastage, and a
minimized risk of failure. It was first used in 2007 by Samsung in the
company’s newest factory, located in Yangsan,
In addition to meeting Samsung’s high expectations in terms of product
performance, Trelleborg also offers technical and commercial support. “We need
our customers to know that we function as solution providers,” says Song.
“Samsung is a dynamic company, and we are always looking for ways to help our
customers improve their processes.”
Given Trelleborg’s established track record of working closely with customers
to help them meet their performance goals, it comes as no surprise that the
decision to stock O-Rings locally helped the company stand apart when the time
came for Samsung to choose a supplier.
“Being able to access a local stock inventory is important,” Song says. “This
equates to fast delivery within one day after placing an order, which is very
important to a customer like Samsung.”
With flat-screen success as the foundation of Samsung and Trelleborg’s
relationship in South Korea, Song says the future looks bright in terms of
opportunities for both companies.
About the Isolast Fab Range
is the proprietary range of
perfluoroelastomer (FFKM) materials from Trelleborg Sealing Solutions. Isolast Fab Range
has been specifically engineered to meet the sealing requirements of
semiconductor equipment. This includes the following products.
For more information, e-mail to Donna.Guinivan@trelleborg.com or visit www.tsstrelleborg.com.
- Isolast Fab Range J9610, which provides
optimum performance in wet processing environments, including wet etch, wet
stripping, wet cleaning, plating, chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) and
ultra-pure de-ionized water applications. Inherent capabilities enable the
compound to cope with continuous operating temperatures up to 235°C/455°F,
while exhibiting low levels of extractable total organic carbon
- Isolast Fab Range J9630, a white
compound developed for plasma and thermal processes. Exhibiting robust
long-term resistance and low weight loss, it has excellent resistance to all
plasma and dry-process gases in continuous service temperatures to
- Isolast Fab Range J9650, a compound
developed for high-temperature wafer-processing applications, including rapid
thermal processing, chemical-vapor deposition (CVD), diffusion processing, dry
plasma etching, dry ashing, metallization and annealing. It provides effective
sealing operation up to temperatures of 320°C/608°F.
- Isolast Fab Range J9670 operates at
temperatures up to 315°C/599°F and is specifically formulated for
high-temperature plasma applications in wafer processing. It offers superior
resistance to aggressive, high-temperature plasma erosion, minimal particle
generation and extremely low outgassing.
- Isolast Fab Range J9675 offers excellent
chemical resistance and minimal particulation across a range of semiconductor
wafer processes. It gives enhanced performance in fluorine- and oxygen-based
plasma environments, while its unique curing and filler system ensures superior
long-term properties in operating temperatures up to +300°C/+572°F.
- Isolast Fab Range J9680 is a translucent
material developed to achieve the ultimate low-particle generation in
plasma-process environments. It is suitable for selected applications in
deposition, etching, ashing and stripping processes to 230°C/446°F.