Panasonic Introduces New NPM Placement Machine

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

March 1, 2011 - Rolling Meadows, IL - Panasonic System Solutions Company of North America – Process Automation introduces the NPM-W (Next Production Modular Wide) -- a new platform for processing PCBs up to 750 x 550mm in size, placing components up to 120 x 90mm, and accommodating up to 120 unique inputs per module.

"With a throughput of 70,000 cph in a 1280mm length, this is a fast module, however it's really defined by its versatility," affirmed Tom Baggio, Panasonic Group Manager of Engineering Services. "The numerous combinations of available placement heads and supply methods solve many challenges in electronics manufacturing. An intelligent fluxing unit allows for PoP components from both tape and tray while providing the necessary feeder inputs. Process technologies such as 3D sensing and chip thickness sensing are also possible."

"The NPM-W opens new markets for Panasonic. Yes, it can process large boards for industries requiring that, but it can also save manufacturing time when processing smaller boards since it can populate them in tandem with zero transfer time. Existing production lines can be enhanced by an NPM-W with the high-speed 16-nozzle head or, for larger components, the high-speed 3-nozzle head," added Mr. Baggio.

As with the entire NPM platform, the innovative design utilizes the already advanced features of Panasonic's CM-series placement equipment, including the same intelligent feeders and nozzles with interchangeable head capabilities. This assists in minimizing the cost of capital investment and spare part inventory management expenses.

Panasonic will show the NPM-W at APEX 2011, April 12-14th in Las Vegas, NV in booth #2259.

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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. 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

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