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Juki Automation Systems to Showcase IFS-X2 Intelligent Feeder System at APEX 2009

Mar 23, 2009

MORRISVILLE, NC - March 2009 - Juki Automation Systems, a world-leading provider of automated assembly products and systems, announces that it will display the IFS-X2 RFID intelligent feeder system with traceability in booth 759 at the upcoming APEX 2009 exhibition and conference, scheduled to take place March 31-April 2, 2009 in Las Vegas.

Juki's second generation Intelligent Feeder System (IFS-X2) provides enhanced graphics and an improved user interface that makes feeder setup easier, faster, and more accurate. IFS-X2 allows for inventory control and features a closed-loop system that tracks the entire material flow and production process to ensure error-free production and total traceability with RFID technology.

IFS-X2 features a graphical setup wizard that leads the operator through the entire process from retrieving a reel from stock through feeder loading. On- and offline feeder banks are networked, allowing the user to quickly and accurately locate any feeder for quick and easy loading. Additionally, the system features a closed-loop system that checks for accurate feeder setup before production can be run, ensuring optimal production performance and accurate component selection for placement.

IFS-X2 seamlessly updates inventory when new and used reels of components are received. Component count is done in real time, ensuring precise stock control and, therefore, a reduction of inventory costs that result in faster load access to components needed for other jobs. The Web services interface allows real-time communication to all ERP systems.

The system uses a 1- or 2-D barcode scanner that identifies incoming boards for production. All components placed on that board are then recorded and stored in a database that allows for future tracking of the components and the generation of traceability reports. This valuable feature allows complete transparency for process validation and error analysis.

RFID technology has become very popular for the logistics industry, especially for large retailers who have replaced barcode identification. The passive RFID tags can store more data and are more reliable in reading than the classic barcode. Juki's IFS-X2 system uses this technology for data transfer between the feeder and the feeder trolley.

Juki Corporation's experience as the market leader in industrial sewing machines was the stepping-stone�for the�entry into the printed circuit board assembly market in 1987. Since then, Juki has delivered more than 20,000 automated assembly systems worldwide and is currently shipping an average of 200+�assembly machines per month. This extraordinary achievement makes Juki one of the world's�leading providers of automated assembly products and systems. In addition to�its core technologies, Juki's Electronic Assembly and Test Systems Division develops and manufactures advanced electronic systems and computer software for data entry, mail processing and other electronic equipment.

With the purchase of Zevatech's assets in November 1999, Juki Automation Systems now brings Juki's reputation for top quality and reliable service also�to the North�and South American and the European electronics assembly markets. Juki recognizes the challenges of the new century and is prepared to respond to the globalization of electronic manufacturing. With a sophisticated knowledge base, advanced technologies and a high commitment to its customers, Juki is poised for continued growth in the 21st century.

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