Panasonic Unveils Single-Head, Single-Beam, High-Mix Machine, the AM100

CONTACT: Kristin Serna Panasonic Factory Solutions Company of America PH: 847-637-9600 FAX: 847-637-9601 PFSAmarketing@us.panasonic.com

ROLLING MEADOWS, IL (May 10, 2013) - Today Panasonic Factory Solutions Company of America introduced the AM100, a single machine solution for productivity and versatility. This modular placement machine features a single head (single beam) capable of placing an impressive component array ranging from 0402mm to 120x90x28mm, large connectors, odd-shaped components, and advanced packaging types such as PoP.

"The new Panasonic AM100 further expands our commitment to the high-mix market and pushes our broad portfolio of any-mix solutions to an even higher level," stated Faisal Pandit, President, Panasonic Factory Solutions Company of America. "Panasonic is well known as a world leader in the electronics manufacturing space. In fact, seven out of ten automotive electronics manufacturers and all five of the top five smart phone manufacturers use Panasonic solutions. We have also achieved success in the high-mix space in terms of innovation, software, and general processes and with the new AM100 we are sure to further increase our presence in the high-mix market."

From mobile to industrial, manufacturers can prepare their next product while production is running for non-stop changeover and put to use a variety of highly flexible configurations and component supply types. Flexible setup is further enhanced by Feeder Anywhere and Nozzle Anywhere features as well as through use of PanaCIMĀ® Material Verification. Large boards can be processed on the AM100 and advanced features including a component thickness camera, auto-support pin exchange, PCB warpage detection, and tray verification are also available.

"The AM100 maintains the high standards for capability, flexibility, and reliability customers expect from Panasonic in a cost-effective, incrementally scalable solution," commented Mark Ragard, GM - Electronics Assembly Sales, Panasonic Factory Solutions Company of America.

Only one machine is required to get production started and it's easy to add more units and or technologies as demands change. In addition to serving as a start-up machine for a new production line, existing Panasonic customers will appreciate the asset protection between the new AM100 and the CM and NPM equipment lines. Feeders, multi-functional nozzles, and chucks are all interchangeable between the three series.

"So, while the AM100 is a new flexible solution for high mix, it's also a new solution for customers looking to augment existing lines with expanded capability regardless of their mix," added Ragard.

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About Panasonic Factory Solutions Panasonic Factory Solutions Company of America, 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 Factory Solutions Company of America, 5201 Tollview Drive, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008. PFSAmarketing@us.panasonic.com PH: 847-637-9600. www.panasonicfa.com

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