Profile: Brooks Automation Inc (BRKS.O)
26 May 2017
Brooks Automation, Inc., incorporated on November 14, 1994, is a provider of automation and cryogenic solutions for various applications and markets. The Company operates through two segments: Brooks Semiconductor Solutions Group and Brooks Life Science Systems. The Company serves the semiconductor capital equipment market and sample management market for life sciences. Its offerings are also applied to industrial capital equipment and other adjacent technology markets. Its manufacturing operations include product assembly, integration and testing. Its manufacturing facilities are located in Chelmsford, Massachusetts; Monterrey, Mexico; Yongin-City, South Korea, and Manchester, the United Kingdom. The Company markets and sells its semiconductor products and services in Asia (including Japan), Europe, the Middle East and North America through its direct sales organization.
Brooks Semiconductor Solutions Group
The Brooks Semiconductor Solutions Group segment offers critical automated transport, vacuum and contamination controls solutions and services. Its product offerings include robots and integrated automation systems for handling of substrates. It is also a provider of cryogenic components to create vacuum and thermal stability within critical operating environments in the manufacturing process. It also offers equipment for automated contamination control, conditioning and metrology solutions for wafer and reticle carriers. Its services include component exchange and repair, and monitoring and diagnostics for predictive risk management. The principal offerings of the Brooks Semiconductor Solutions Group segment consist of wafer handling robotics and systems; semiconductor contamination control solutions, and cryogenic pumps and compressors. The segment also provides support services, including repair, diagnostic and installation, as well as spare parts and productivity enhancement upgrades.
The Company's wafer handling robotics and systems offerings include atmospheric and vacuum robots, robotic modules, as well as tool automation systems that provide handling and clean wafer environments. It specializes in developing and building the automated handling systems, as well as the vacuum technologies used in these tools. It provides individual components within an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customer system, as well as integrated handling systems. It provides automation products that are used for both atmospheric pressure and vacuum-based tools and are designed for productivity of the manufacturing process. Its contamination control solutions include automated cleaning and inspection systems for wafer carriers, as well as reticle pod cleaners and stockers, which are automated systems that store wafers or reticles. Its products use technology to remove critical airborne contamination within the workflow of the manufacturing process.
The Company's cryogenic pumps and compressors provide vacuum pump and thermal management solutions that are used in critical vacuum process applications. Its cryogenic vacuum pumps are used for ion implant and physical vapor deposition (PVD) applications. Within the semiconductor industry, the Company sells its products and services to semiconductor chip and OEMs. It has customers in North America, Europe and Asia. It also provides support services to OEMs, fabs and foundries across the globe. The principal markets served by the Brooks Semiconductor Solutions Group segment include semiconductor capital equipment market and adjacent capital equipment markets.
Brooks Life Science Systems
The Brooks Life Science Systems segment offers sample life cycle management solutions that provide life science and bioscience customers with a range of sample management solutions for scientific research and support drug development. Its sample management solutions are focused on providing customers with security, availability, management, intelligence and integrity throughout the life cycle of samples. Its solutions include automation, consumables and instruments, sample storage and support services, as well as informatics that manage samples throughout its customers' research discovery and development work flows. The principal offerings of the Brooks Life Science Systems segment include Automated cold storage systems, Sample management services, Consumables, instruments and devices, and Informatics.
Automated cold storage systems provide standalone systems that can store between 10,000 and 2,000,000 samples in ultra-cold temperature ranges of +4 centigrade to -190 centigrade. Sample management services include a range of services that complement the Brooks Life Science Systems segment's product offerings and consist of on-site and off-site sample storage, cold chain logistics, sample relocation, bio-processing solutions (inclusive of sample preparation, and genomic and cell culture analysis), disaster recovery and business continuity, as well as project management and consulting. Consumables, instruments and devices include a range of consumables, including multiple formats of racks, tubes, caps, plates and foils, which support storage of samples prior to placing them in ultra-cold storage environment. A range of instruments used for labeling, bar coding, capping, decapping, auditing, sealing, peeling, and piercing tubes and plates complement its consumables.
Informatics provides sample intelligence software solutions and integration of customer technology. Its informatics suite also provides laboratory work flow scheduling for life science tools and instrument work cells, sample inventory and logistics, environmental and temperature monitoring, clinical trial and consent management, as well as planning, data management, virtualization and visualization. Brooks Life Science Systems segment serves a range of end markets within the life sciences industry to address a confluence of life science industry trends, such as technology, information management, and tools and applications.
The Company competes with Daihen Corporation, Daikin Industries, Ltd., Rorze Corporation, Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Telemark, Inc., Hirata Corporation, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd., Genmark Automation, Inc., Rorze Corporation, Sankyo Seisakusho Co., Ltd., TDK Corporation, Sinfonia Technology Co., Ltd., Celestica Inc., Flextronics International Ltd., Hamilton Company, Liconic AG, Thermo-Fisher, LabCorp and Covance.
Brooks Automation Inc
15 Elizabeth Dr
CHELMSFORD MA 01824-4111