Panasonic Upgrades Innovative CM Series

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

February 2007 - Buffalo Grove, IL - Panasonic System Solutions Company of North America – Process Automation (PSSNA-PA) will add to its history of introducing innovative assembly products with the arrival of the enhanced CM602 placement machine. The CM602 provides the speed to meet high-volume manufacturing requirements as well as the flexibility required for high mix/low volume - all in one platform. And its adaptability can support next generation technologies such as: Package on Package, Adaptive Process Control (APC), PCB Warp Mapping, and 3D Vision Technology. In addition to APC and 3D Vision, the latest enhancements include 12 more heads, fluxer/POP capability, and direct tray.

"What's really exciting about the CM602 is that Panasonic addressed the challenges our customers are facing and created a machine that does not just place SMT parts but really solves manufacturing issues." says Brian Lau, PFSA's Group Sales Manager. "That kind of solution is necessary to remain competitive in today's manufacturing environment."

The CM602 offers significant business advantages as well. It can be delivered in one configuration and then changed on site when manufacturing requirements change. This adaptability allows better ROI because existing assets can be re-utilized. Additionally, the CM602 is designed with the versatility to handle various production models and features common spare parts and operator interfaces for global efficiency.

"The CM602 is a revolutionary machine in the SMT manufacturing world. With a competitive useful tool life of up to 10 years, it's a high-value product with a low cost of ownership," comments Tom Baggio, a PSSNA-PA engineering manager.

Next generation technologies will also allow the CM602 to provide solutions to manufacturing issues in the near future. Adaptive Process Control links the entire SMT process to provide world-class first pass yields for high density 01005 placement. And 3D vision provides a view of your most challenging components that may not be seen with a standard 2D vision system, meaning better efficiency and quality.

"Manufacturers in North America have to offer high value and be flexible in emerging areas such as 01005 production," notes Lau. "By leveraging our experience and technology to develop the CM602, we provide a differentiator our customers can sell to their customers. And that will help the North American manufacturer compete globally."

Fast, flexible and intelligent - the CM602 continues to take productivity to new heights.

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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.

For additional information: Panasonic System Solutions Company of North America – Process Automation, 909 Asbury Drive, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089. PFSAmarketing@us.panasonic.com PH: 847-495-6100. www.panasonicfa.com

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