Panasonic Awarded For Advanced Packaging Lab

CONTACT: Kristin Serna Panasonic System Solutions Company of North America – Process Automation PH: 847-495-6100 FAX: 847-495-6095 PFSAmarketing@us.panasonic.com

December 2007 - Buffalo Grove, IL - Panasonic System Solutions Company of North America – Process Automation (PSSNA-PA) was presented with a 2007 Global Technology Award for their Advanced Packaging Lab at Productronica in Munich, Germany. M. Faisal Pandit, Director of Solutions, was on hand to accept the award.

Panasonic created the lab to further enhance their global coverage of customers' advanced packaging needs. When it opened in June 2007 in their Buffalo Grove headquarters, it became one of four in the world and the only one of its kind in North America. The Advanced Packaging Lab provides an environment where customers can engage early in their package development process with Panasonic, analyze their builds in production volume conditions and optimize process definitions in collaboration with Panasonic's industry-leading experts to ensure customer acceptance and design wins. The lab contains the latest Panasonic microelectronics flip chip and plasma cleaning equipment as well as metrology and test equipment including: X-Ray, C-SAM, SEM, and EDS for post-assembly analysis.

The awards, presented by Global SMT & Packaging magazine, are designed to honor the best innovations for electronics manufacturing products and services introduced in the last year. The Contract Services division covers CEMs, ODMs and other EMS companies involved in the assembly or design and manufacture of printed circuit assemblies for a customer or third party client. Entrants were judged on innovation, speed/throughput improvements, quality contribution, cost benefits, environmental consideration, ease of use/implementation, and maintainability/repairability.

Panasonic also won a 2005 Global Technology Award for the IPAC (Integrated Process Assembly Cell), the first continuously configurable line to combine high-volume SMT manufacturing with advanced microelectronics in one machine.

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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. PSSNA-PA is also a premier source for robotic and manual arc welding equipment to distributors, system integrators and end users.

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