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Valor Announces vPlan - Breakthrough in Assembly Process Engineering

Feb 21, 2007

APEX 2007, CA � 20th February 2007 � Valor Computerized Systems Ltd, the leader in productivity-enhancing software solutions for the electronics industry, has launched vPlan, the next-generation, enterprise-level process engineering solution for electronics assembly. Aimed at manufacturers needing to reduce costs and gain more capacity from current assets, Valor delivers a revolutionary solution for synchronized process engineering in an easy to use package. With vPlan, electronics companies can achieve a quantum leap in efficiency and productivity for their PCB assembly operations, in today�s highly dynamic manufacturing environment.

vPlan drives the manufacturing process and is a single solution that delivers a complete, seamless engineering process from CAD to machine, covering SMT, Through Hole Technology (THT) and manual assembly, in three simple steps. Step one is the definition of the product, involving the creation of a normalized and validated virtual PCA using a lean data model that enables quick-change management, DFx analysis, and an optimized assembly process. Thanks to Valor�s unique �learning-library� feature, it is possible to read or define data just once, and use it multiple times without having to redefine it again.

Auto-Generated Machine Shapes � step two involves the definition of production resources. Virtual machine lines can be easily defined and machine library data can be auto-generated for all machine configurations with the help of Valor�s VPL service. With these capabilities, vPlan practically eliminates one of the most difficult and time consuming tasks � management of the machine libraries.

At step three, Manufacturing Process Definitions (MPD) are generated. They contain optimized output and documentation for assembly machines and manual work cells, perfectly matched to available resources and to the product model.

�Factories today are being squeezed from all sides, and companies have the daunting task to find ways to stop leaks that drain profit and efficiency from their operations. With true software innovation, Valor�s new assembly solution addresses many of the damaging manufacturing pressures all in one go, in a single toolset, across all machines and lines, and faster than ever before,� said Ofer Shofman, CEO at Valor Computerized Systems.

�vPlan takes a very different and unique approach compared to other products on the market. It focuses on reducing work in progress and increasing overall equipment effectiveness to ensure the smoothest, optimized manufacturing process flow,� said Julian Coates, vice president of process engineering at Valor.

�It delivers a complete comprehensive and synchronized set of Manufacturing Process Definitions (MPD) to the production floor, resulting in right-first-time programs, better first pass yield, much reduced rework and increased long term product quality. In addition to its capabilities as an engineering platform, customers still require an easy to use interface, and Valor developed vPlan with the user firmly in mind.�

Fastest Route through Production

With a proven ROI showing that profit on system investment can be achieved as early as three months from implementation, vPlan is set to revolutionize the manufacturing software market with its novel capabilities. Joining Valor�s best-in-class product portfolio, it will support the company�s solution-based offering.

About Valor

Valor is the world leading software solution provider for the electronic manufacturing industry. Valor�s software solutions are used by hundreds of electronics manufacturers worldwide, to simulate, optimize, monitor and control the production lifecycle of almost any electronic device produced today. With a clear growth strategy, Valor is positioned to leverage its technological superiority, assembly expertise and global footprint, and deliver sustained growth and superior returns to its shareholders. Valor is listed on the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange [WKN 928731]. More information about Valor can be found on

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