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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2013, Article ID 784237, 11 pages
Research Article

Enhancing the Long-Term Yield Competitiveness of a Semiconductor Manufacturing Factory Using a Multiobjective Fuzzy Nonlinear Programming Approach

Department of Industrial Engineering and Systems Management, Feng Chia University, No. 100 Wenhwa Road, Seatwen, Taichung 407, Taiwan

Received 9 March 2013; Revised 7 June 2013; Accepted 7 June 2013

Academic Editor: Jer-Guang Hsieh

Copyright © 2013 Toly Chen and Yi-Chi Wang. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This study proposes a multiobjective fuzzy nonlinear programming (MOFNP) approach to enhance the long-term yield competitiveness of a semiconductor manufacturing factory. By modeling the long-term competitiveness of every product in a semiconductor manufacturing plant with the fuzzy correlation coefficient (FCC) between time and instantaneous competitiveness, the proposed model considers the various viewpoints when interpreting the overall competitiveness of the semiconductor manufacturing plant in the long-term. All noninferior solutions of the MOFNP solutions are then derived using a systematic procedure. A real example is employed to illustrate the applicability of the proposed methodology.