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Universal extends flagship platform portfolio

Mar 27, 2007

Universal Instruments has expanded the capabilities of its Genesis platform offering by augmenting the successful dual-gantry (D-Series) configuration with a quad-gantry (Q-Series) and two single-gantry (S-Series) models. The Genesis GC-120Q will enter the market as the fastest quad-gantry placement machine, with superior cost-per-placement and throughput-per-square meter metrics for the high-end chip market. The single-beam GC-30S and GX-11S will complement the GC-120Q with additional flexibility.

January 30, 2007 - These offerings greatly improve the performance and scalability of Genesis line solutions and deliver the capability to address a broader range of surface mount assembly applications. Genesis now provides a common platform solution that satisfies all demands in today�s highly dynamic environment, regardless of product mix or production volumes.

The quad-gantry GC-120Q, configured with four Lightning heads, is the Genesis workhorse, leveraging the fastest head tact time in the industry (55ms), as well as positioning system, feeder, and software technologies designed for speed to enter the market with an unrivalled maximum throughput of 120,000 components per hour. This performance is achieved with fewer restrictions than traditional high-volume solutions by addressing the broadest component range in the industry.

Patented tools for precision placement, including high-accuracy individual direct-drive theta in the spindles, and closed-loop controls for X,Y, Z, Phi, high-speed valves and pick/place touchdown, give the GC-120Q the outright lead in small part performance with an accuracy of 65 microns at 4 sigma (Cpk 1.33). Moreover, automated features compensate for variability in components, feeders, and boards.

Ease of maintenance, minimal downtime, and low cost-of-ownership were also priorities in the Genesis design. Robust technologies with fewer moving parts and easy access result in a nominal preventative maintenance schedule.

The GC-30S, configured with a 30-spindle Lightning head, and the GX-11S multi-function version, configured with a 7-spindle FlexJet3 and 4-spindle InLine4 HF head with 5kg placement force, supplement the GC-120Q with additional feeder capacity and world-class multi-function capability up to 150mm-long connectors. The S-Series platforms round out the Genesis portfolio to range from high-volume solutions to the finest high-mix lines offered today. In addition, they offer very large board capability to meet the needs of high-end server and router applications.

"These new products clearly make the Genesis all-platform line the best solution available today. The ability to achieve outstanding throughput without sacrificing performance in higher-mix environments is a distinct advantage for today�s manufacturers," explains Universal�s Genesis Platform Director, Scott Gerhart. "The GC-120Q gives Universal a powerful solution to address the consumer, communication, computer, and automotive production environments. The flexibility afforded by the patented Lightning Head�s 30mm square component range is what truly sets us apart form the competition. It allows the introduction of new products without head or module swapping � a huge plus as product mixes increase. The single-beam platforms further extend these benefits."

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