Panasonic Introduces New RL132 Radial Insertion 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

April 7, 2011 - Rolling Meadows, IL - Panasonic System Solutions Company of North America – Process Automation introduces the RL132 Radial Insertion Machine offering generation-ahead technologies in a spatially-efficient footprint.

"Insertion technology is often mistakenly considered old technology," pointed out Masa Kaji, Panasonic Group Manager of Electronics Assembly, "but insertion technology is still very necessary for many consumer and industrial products. Much of the other available insertion technology is nearly ten years old; however, as a total solutions provider, Panasonic has continued development. In fact, we're releasing a new radial platform again this year--and it's stronger, smaller, and faster. With the smaller footprint and increased speed, the RL is definitely spatially efficient."

Other advantages of the new RL132 high-speed radial lead component insertion machine include a lead chuck system providing insertion at 25,700 cph (0.14s/component), a 33% reduction in PCB transfer time, up to a 18% reduction in electrical and air consumption per insertion, and improved perishable parts lifespan-resulting in a very competitive low cost of ownership. The RL132 supports PCBs up to 650mm x 381mm, four pitch insertion (2.5/5.0/7.5/10.0mm) as well as component verification and part binning for expanded capability.

Panasonic will exhibit the RL132 at APEX 2011, April 12-14th in Las Vegas, NV in booth #2259.

Learn more about Panasonic's latest through hole machine, the RL132.

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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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