Panasonic and Assembly Products Deliver High-Mix Solutions

CONTACT: Kristin Serna Panasonic System Solutions Company of North America – Process Automation PH: 847-637-9600 FAX: 847-637-9601 PFSAmarketing@us.panasonic.com

August 30, 2011 - Rolling Meadows, IL and Chelmsford, MA - Panasonic System Solutions Company of North America – Process Automation (PSSNA-PA) and Assembly Products, Inc. collaborated to deliver high-mix solutions to the Eastern US electronics assembly market in response to elevated interest in the NPM-W placement machine and PanaCIM® Enterprise Edition Manufacturing Execution System (MES).

A three-day event was held at Assembly Products' facility in Chelmsford, MA to further demonstrate for customers who attended the IPC APEX Expo as well as introduce the products to customers who were unable to attend. "Manufacturers need a common platform to move seamlessly from NPI to HMLV production, and our NPM-W is an especially ideal solution for this region," said Brent Fischthal, Panasonic, Eastern Region Sales Manager. Eric Soderberg, Sr. Manufacturing Engineer for Whelen Engineering Co. agreed, adding, "The combination of flexibility and speed on the NPM-W, along with the fact that it uses the same robust feeders as the CM602s and CM402s we already have in use, makes it an exemplary machine for our high-mix environment."

Attendees were also able to see the NPM-W's application-versatility with its processing of XL PCBs and small boards in tandem with zero transfer time. Error-free setup, automatic teaching, and quick change heads were some of the features demonstrated for their time- and cost-saving benefits.

"Adding PanaCIM Enterprise Edition, Panasonic's (MES) solution, to the event brought demonstrations to an even higher level," commented Lino D'Andreti, Assembly Products, Product Manager, "- especially once customers saw that not only does PanaCIM offer offline tools, dashboards, analytics, and profit-preserving-solutions, it works with multi-vendor equipment." Soderberg remarked, "The Material Verification and Production Analysis modules really set Panasonic apart." Presentations included how the nine PanaCIM modules can be mixed and matched to suit various industry demands while promoting the accuracy, time reductions, and cost savings manufacturers need to compete.

Panasonic plans to continue market-driven, regional events throughout this year.

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About Panasonic System Solutions – Process Automation

Panasonic System Solutions Company of North America – Process Automation, a North American source for electronic assembly equipment (SMT), software and technical support, provides total business systems solutions for electronic semiconductor and packaging companies in the global marketplace through one provider. Panasonic System Solutions – Process Automation is also a premier source for robotic and manual arc welding equipment to distributors, system integrators and end users. The company is a unit of Panasonic Corporation of North America, which is the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC).

For additional information: Panasonic System Solutions Company of North America – Process Automation, 5201 Tollview Drive, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008. PFSAmarketing@us.panasonic.com PH: 847-637-9600. www.panasonicfa.com

About Assembly Products, Inc.

Assembly Products (AP) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Blackstone Global, Inc. which is a Sub S Corporation. AP is a distributor and/or manufactures' rep of equipment, materials, tools and, supplies that are used in the assembly of electronics, medical devices, and industrial products.

For additional information: Assembly Products, Inc., 1 Park Drive, Unit 9, Westford, MA 01886. Sales@blkcorp.com PH: 978-692-5166. www.assemblyonline.com

About Whelen Engineering Co.

Founded in 1952, Whelen Engineering Company Inc. is firmly established as the leader in aviation, automotive, and mass notification lighting and warning signals. Facilities in twenty-five locations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe strive to fill the need for innovative safety warning systems with the pride and commitment of its work force. Whelen is the only major US emergency warning equipment manufacturer to build its products entirely in the United States.

For additional information: Whelen Engineering Company, Inc., 51 Winthrop Road, Chester, CT 06412. whelen@whelen.com PH 860-526-9504. www.whelen.com

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