SMT Hautes Boosts Productivity with Universal's Genesis Series 2

SMT Hautes Technologies, a leading-edge EMS provider, has purchased Universal
Instruments' Genesis Series 2 Platforms to comprise a flexible production line at their
Montreal, Canada facility. The new Series 2 line is achieving a 20% greater throughput
than the company's previous surface mount lines, while also enabling SMT Hautes to
perform advanced processes on the same line. Genesis Series 2 is the most capable
platform available, delivering the ultimate in modular performance for standard to
extreme surface mount applications.

SMT Hautes Technologies is a global EMS provider specializing in high-end complex
electronics assemblies. The company's solutions range from prototyping to high-volume
requirements for an established global base of world-class customers. SMT Hautes features a dynamic, experienced workforce and 100% automated final inspection to deliver the highest quality end-products to its customers. In the coming months, the company will be moving to a state-of-the-art, 80,000 square foot manufacturing facility in the Laval, Canada Industrial Park.

SMT Hautes was an existing Universal customer prior to purchasing the Genesis Series 2 line. The outstanding performance of the Advantis Platform line purchased in 2008 prompted the decision to invest in Universal's flagship Genesis Series 2 Platform.

SMT Hautes President, Stephane Deschesnes, highlighted the advantages of the new platforms, "We were initially attracted to the advanced technologies and breadth of capabilities offered by Genesis Series 2. The performance of this new line, however, has been even more impressive than anticipated." Deschesnes continued, "We're seeing a 20% greater throughput on this line than on any of our earlier lines. In addition, the accuracy, repeatability and reliability have been outstanding. We've successfully demonstrated 100% yield on 01005 passives and also on our proprietary Package-on-Package (PoP) process to our prospective customers."

Universal Vice President of Marketing Debbora Ahlgren comments, "Series 2 was targeted at high-end manufacturers who are regularly faced with complex assembly challenges. SMT
Hautes operates in a very dynamic environment with applications requirements that often
extend beyond standard surface mount platform capabilities. This is the ideal environment for Genesis Series 2 and one in which its full potential can be realized."

Genesis Series 2 offers a number of improvements over the previous Genesis Platform.
Throughput has been improved by an average of 10% across the Genesis portfolio. Vision
capabilities have been enhanced to process multiple-field-of-view components two to three times faster. Board size capability has been increased by 40%, up to 1016mm long. The Lightning Head now offers an available Vertical Part Sensor (VPS) to verify part presence and position on the spindle prior to placement. Additionally, the Dimensions DPO software line balance and optimization tools have been improved to yield up to a 10% improvement in throughput.

Universal Instruments provides the industry's most comprehensive single-vendor solutions with six adaptable leading-edge product lines, powerful NPI software, turnkey shop floor control software, extensive engineering services, the Advanced Process Lab (APL) - the industry's foremost technical resource, and an extensive Global Services infrastructure to deliver value added support through all phases of the ownership experience.

About SMT Hautes Technologies:
SMT Hautes Technologies has made its mark based on providing high-quality assembly of
complex electronics assemblies requiring very quick turnaround. Our advanced equipment
along with a dynamic workforce with a strong background in manufacturing allows us to
provide solutions ranging from NPI to high-volume manufacturing. Our long-term customer
relationships serve as proof that we have the flexibility to respond to our customers' changing needs.

About Universal Instruments:
Universal Instruments is a global leader in the design and manufacture of advanced automation and assembly equipment solutions for the electronics manufacturing industry. Universal provides complete assembly lines to EMS Providers, ODMs and electronics assemblers around the world, leveraging its portfolio of compatible and flexible equipment platforms that address the diverse requirements of high-speed chip and multifunction placement applications as well as component insertion. Universal Instruments is headquartered in Binghamton, with offices in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

Universal contact
Jeffrey Zopff
Universal Instruments Corporation
33 Broome Corporate Parkway
Conklin, NY 13748
Tel: +1 607 779 5364

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