Watlow Expands in San Jose, CA

  • July 16, 2014
  • Watlow
  • News

July 16, 2014 - Watlow added 25,000 square feet to its R&D facility in San Jose, California. The expansion increases the manufacturing footprint while providing space for an improved R&D lab, a line heating prototype lab, a Class 1000 clean room as well as facilities for additional metrology and analytical instrumentation. Watlow customers in Silicon Valley will benefit from the expansion because the additional space allows for improved development resources, enhanced testing capabilities and the integration of complete thermal systems. “Our machine shop was previously located offsite from our main facility, and we needed to move it closer to better support our engineering team,” said Rob Gilmore, Watlow’s vice president and general manager, semiconductor business unit. “We acquired the additional space, and now the prototype and tooling work will be performed in our main facility, which will be more efficient and will promote collaboration.” Watlow’s San Jose facility was previously Semiconductor Tooling Services, Inc. (STS). Watlow acquired STS in December 2012 to enhance the portfolio of capabilities including bonding, semiconductor-grade cleaning, refurbishment, system integration and metrology. Phase One of the expansion was completed on July 1 and includes the machine shop and lab space. The clean room addition will be complete in December 2014. About Watlow Watlow designs and manufactures industrial heaters, temperature sensors, controllers and supporting software – all of the components of a thermal system. The company partners with its customers to optimize thermal performance, decrease design time and improve efficiency of their products and applications. Watlow brings its experience to numerous industries, including semiconductor processing, environmental chambers, energy processes, diesel emissions, medical and foodservice equipment.  

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