Each new or re-used silicon wafer that leaves the factory floor has already been properly tested and quality controlled. Long before Silicon Valley came into being silicon wafer suppliers have been actively distributing newly polished wafers to all corners of the globe. The practice has always been the ability to reclaim silicon wafers several times over. And this too is long before sustainability was the buzz-word it is today.
Several thousand wafers can leave the factory floor in a single day of production. Perhaps it is still true that the mass or bulk production of goods and its materials contribute to the possibilities of containing costs but never cutting corners. But at this massive level, inventory control needs to be strictly centralized. This is now being through the use of a computerized management system.
And welcome to the world of doing things autonomously. You wonder even if artificial intelligence is the right term in this context of tightly control quality control measures. And yet it is possible for robot arms to be inspecting newly claimed materials. But still to this day it can never match the work that the naked and human eye is able to produce. So much for the fear of robots taking over the world.
Not going to happen, leastways not for a while yet. Robots or artificial intelligence are not able to provide the technical solutions sought after by industrial clients. Nor do they have the intellect to rubber stamp and approve products for use. Robots can also pick and choose should it be programmed to do so but how thin will that margin of error be? But then again. Is it not true that human input is required to produce able bodied robots as checkers?