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1985-1995 Becoming the global standard

TOP 1975-1984 1996-2003
Company History Product History
Mitsuo Sekiya retired from the position of representative director, President.
Kenichi Sekiya and Shinji Sekiya, who had been working in close partnership, continued as partners in management were appointed representative directors.
Kenichi was appointed as President, concentrating on overall Administration, and Shinji was appointed as Executive Vice President, concentrating on R&D and Marketing.
DFD-3D/8 dual-spindle dicing saw developed.
Fully Automatic Surface Grinder DFG-82IF/8 developed.
Company name changed to DISCO Corporation.
DISCO registered with the Japan Securities Dealers Association for trading in the over-the-counter market.
Site of over 100,000 square meters obtained to build Kuwabata Plant.
DAD320 and DAD500 Series automatic dicing saws developed.
DFD620 and DFD640 fully automatic dicing saws developed.
DFD650 dual-spindle dicing saw developed.
ISO 9002 (quality management) certification acquired for precision diamond division.
CE mark certification received from TUV (recognized testing lab of the EC) for machines bound for Europe.
ISO 9001 (quality management) certification acquired for PS operating division.

In 1991, DISCO initiated a special new project. The goal was to revamp completely four machine models in time for the SEMICON Japan trade show to be held one year later. Fifteen members averaging 25 years of age participated.

A section head at a large device maker, at the time stationed at a plant in Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture, had originally come to DISCO with a challenge: "We want to put the machines for each process together, in one big U-shaped production line, so that a single person can operate them all at once. For that reason, we need smaller machines-cheaper would be nice, too. If you can do that, we'll take 200 units."

Based on this request, the 6" manual dicer was added to the project, its width to be reduced drastically-from 900 to 500 milimeters. A 23-year-old engineer undertook this task, the most daunting of the project. The machine near completion, the young engineer breathed a sigh of relief-but then noticed something odd: the final set of parts simply would not fit inside the dicer's case. Without missing a beat, the engineer got out his ruler, square, and knife set and meticulously constructed a cardboard model of the machine interior. The lack of initial success soon became a blessing: the new design for the dicer not only created additional interior space but saved a great deal on parts costs, too. Automatic Dicing Saw DAD320 was born.

The project was complete, and the section head who had been such an inspiration was promptly contacted. Unfortunately, he had been transferred to Malaysia and, despite his continued enthusiasm, could only issue an order for less than 20 machines. But it didn't matter. The new machines, especially the small but mighty DAD320, were an immediate hit around the world. DISCO's tenacity and creativity had made history yet again.

TOP 1975-1984 1996-2003


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