Problem lampoly SNF 2011-09-03 23:16:37: alarm 184 - the water chiller has failed

Mary Tang mtang at
Sun Sep 4 07:22:57 PDT 2011

Hi Scott --

Thanks for reporting.  It should be Ok to run, at least for shorter 
etches (no more than a couple of minutes) which is why it is a yellow 
alarm rather than red (I'm presuming).  And the alarms will continue to 
annoy as they are supposed to.  I suspect the problem is the "chiller" 
is a little low on water (it has a chronic, variable leak) and is 
warning us.  The chiller actually heats just the electrode/chuck to 60C 
(the rest of the chamber is resistively heated.)  It's worth keeping an 
eye on chuck temperature on the Status pages because if it goes high, 
the etch profiles will be terrible.


On 9/3/2011 11:16 PM, wslee at wrote:
> The alarm 'the water chiller has failed' is up and cannot be cleared.  I ran a dummy wafer through and the temperature in the chamber seemed pretty close to the setpoint (within 2 degrees).  I am not sure if this is a more serious problem and the tool should be shutdown.

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