PSSNA-PA Introduces the NPM, an Integrated Single-Platform Assembly Solution

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 15, 2009 - Buffalo Grove, IL - Panasonic System Solutions Company of North America – Process Automation introduces the NPM (Next Production Modular)-an integrated solution reaching beyond mounting in a single-platform modular assembly system. The NPM incorporates innovative concepts designed to evolve with changes in technology for future production requirements. In addition to its interchangeable, plug-and-play placement heads for nearly any component, the NPM platform integrates solder paste inspection (SPI), adhesive dispense (ADH), post placement inspection (AOI) and screen printing capabilities. Both heads of each NPM unit work on both stages to realize the full benefit of the dual lane configuration. Meanwhile, the Dual Screen Printer (DSP) module performs parallel, simultaneous printing of two unique products.

According to Tom Baggio, Panasonic System Solutions Company of North America – Process Automation's Solutions Program Manager, "The NPM is built on the global success of our CM series placement equipment and inherent process technologies such as PoP, APC, 3D sensing, chip thickness sensing and more. This system redefines flexibility and performance. Its cost-effectiveness is immediately apparent in its spatially efficient footprint, user-friendly operation and area productivity of up to 25,000 cph/m2. The NPM provides a highly functional and reliable way to maximize productivity."

The NPM's innovative design utilizes the already advanced features of the 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. Additionally, the NPM's innovative new exchange carts provide virtually zero downtime opportunities during changeover for a lean production system.

"The Next Production Modular coupled with Panasonic System Solutions – Process Automation' new PanaCIM Enterprise Edition software suite can help customers become more productive than ever", Baggio adds. "Panasonic continues to evolve as a total solution provider to the industry."

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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. 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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