Based in France, R2D Automation is a wafer handling equipment manufacturer with a extensive experience on semiconductor industry.
Based in a predominantly university city in the South of France, Montpellier, R2D has a rich R&D heritage.
We are a small company with global reach.
R2D Automation has a long experience in wafer handling automation in the Semiconductor industry. In 1992 the company created the Comet batch wafer transfer tool, a new type of first class stand alone batch wafer transfer system. Early 2000 R2D Automation designed its first single wafer transfer system and developed a new line of 300mm batch transfer systems using a fully automated homemade scara robot.
R2D Automation has developed numerous wafer handling automation equipment and became a global supplier of semiconductor automation equipment, focused on supplying cost effective, fast and reliable machines.
Parallel to the semiconductor activities, R2D started designing batch wafer transfer systems for the Solar Industry. In 2006 R2D Automation successfully delivered the first full automation systems to be combined with diffusion furnace from Tempress.
Since then R2D has provided over 400 diffusion automation systems to the solar industry, making it market leader in this segment. In 2014 a new generation of batch wafer transfer systems was introduced to be integrated with the Tempress 5 tube furnace platform. In this new automation, wafers can transfer wafers from cassette to longboat with an high throughput, in single slot and back to back positioning, at full and half pitch spacing.
In 2018, still mainly focused on the Semiconductor industry, R2D Automation, with its successful experience in horizontal furnace full automation for Solar industry, started to design horizontal furnace full automation for the Semiconductor Industry. Integrating high technology as 6 axis robots, further improving the performance of its equipment.
In late 2019 R2D Automation was sold to management and became an independent business. R2D was recapitalised and fresh funding was injected to enable the business to expand and grow.
Since 2016, R2D Automation has implemented a Quality Management System, certified ISO9001.