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Qualmax Signs Exclusive Agreement to Market i-Pulse� Surface Mounters in North America

Apr 10, 2001

Qualmax, Inc., a leading supplier of electronic assembly solutions and materials, recently announced that it has signed a 2-year exclusive distribution agreement with i-Pulse Co., Ltd. The agreement gives Qualmax exclusive rights to market and support i-Pulse surface mount placement machines in 45 states within the U.S. and Canada, in addition to service rights for existing Tenryu-made Amistar assembly equipment in the Qualmax territory. The agreement also authorizes Qualmax to sell and support new products in all of South America.

The i-Pulse M1 and M1a are the first products developed and introduced by i-Pulse, Co., Ltd. in Hamamatsu, Japan. The M1 and M1a combine the latest technology from Yamaha Motors Co., Ltd. with former Tenryu Technics� field-proven surface mount technology. The result is a multifunctional surface mount platform that combines the speed of a chip shooter and the flexibility of a multi-purpose machine. Features of the i-Pulse M1 and M1a include:

 On-the-fly scanning to enable high speed placement

 Dual drive Y-axis platform for enhanced accuracy and long term stability

 Forced cooling system to ensure smooth movement during high speed operation

 6 full-servo controlled placement heads enable individual Z-axis acceleration/deceleration

 World-standard Windows NT operating system

 Network-ready architecture

 Field proven feeders accommodating a wide range of components

 High speed BGA and CSP placement

 High speed 0201 component placement with scan camera

�We are excited about offering these state-of-the-art machines to our customers. With this addition, Qualmax is able to supply turnkey in-line SMT solutions to the market,� said Jong Choi, president of Qualmax.

Qualmax, Incorporated provides leading electronic assembly solutions and materials, including SMT printers, placement systems, ovens and optical inspection equipment, in addition to a full line of board handling equipment, material and consumables. Qualmax is committed to providing superior products that offer the lowest total cost of ownership, and to providing exceptional support for customers before, during, and after the sale. Qualmax supports its customers, including major OEM and EMS companies, with sales and support locations throughout North America.

For additional information, visit http://www.qualmax.com, e-mail jim_Mitchell@mindspring.com or call 215-579-8300.

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