Panasonic Wins NPI Award for PanaCIM® Enterprise Edition MES Software

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

April 27, 2010 - Buffalo Grove, IL - Panasonic System Solutions Company of North America – Process Automation has been awarded a 2010 New Product Introduction (NPI) Award for its PanaCIM Enterprise Edition MES software.

The award was accepted by the company's president, Tom Gebhardt, at a ceremony during IPC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada. Gebhardt commented, "This award further solidifies Panasonic as a total solutions provider. Already recognized as an industry-leading electronics assembly equipment provider, we've listened to the industry to develop PanaCIM Enterprise Edition as a unique software solution that can maximize a customer's productivity from equipment-level to enterprise-wide. What's more, this solution can be used with Panasonic and third-party equipment."

PanaCIM Enterprise Edition is a manufacturing execution software system (MES) that offers new levels of integration across a company's entire enterprise; streamlining processes and driving costs down no matter what mix, no matter what volume, and no matter where a company manufactures.

A highlight of Panasonic's MES software includes a total MSD (moisture-sensitive device) tracking solution that prevents equipment from placing a locked-out component. Additionally, the Production Monitoring and Dispatch module supplies plant-wide visibility through dashboards and notification systems, utilizing monitors, email, PDA, and more to notify necessary personnel of production issues so they can quickly respond and prevent additional downtime. The incorporation of custom KPI indicators provides at-a-glance efficiency gauges that can be displayed throughout a facility.

Sponsored by Circuits Assembly, the NPI Awards program is an annual celebration of product excellence in electronics surface mount assembly. Premier products based on the finest examples of creative advancement in technology are awarded by a distinguished panel of industry experts.

PanaCIM Enterprise Edition's nine modules available globally include: Production Analysis, Production Planning, Production Monitoring and Dispatch, Material Verification, Traceability, Material Control, Product Changeover and Control, Maintenance, and Enterprise Link. To learn more about them, visit www.panasonicfa.com/panacimenterprise.

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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. Panasonic System Solutions – Process Automation is also a premier source for robotic and manual arc welding equipment to distributors, system integrators and end users. 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, 909 Asbury Drive, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089. PFSAmarketing@us.panasonic.com PH: 847-495-6100. www.panasonicfa.com

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