Siemens and Agilent Technologies to develop process control technology

Agilent Technologies Inc. (Palo Alto, CA; www.agilent.com), a provider of technologies for electronics, communications, and life sciences, and Siemens Electronics Assembly Systems (Atlanta, GA; www.siplace.com), a manufacturer of electronics-assembly equipment, will jointly develop and implement integrated test and process-control technologies for electronics assembly lines.

Agilent Technologies Inc. (Palo Alto, CA; www.agilent.com), a provider of technologies for electronics, communications, and life sciences, and Siemens Electronics Assembly Systems (Atlanta, GA; www.siplace.com), a manufacturer of electronics-assembly equipment, will jointly develop and implement integrated test and process-control technologies for electronics assembly lines.

The two companies will jointly implement Agilent�s Intelligent Test solutions within SIPLACE Global Solutions turnkey assembly lines. This effort will establish closed-loop control over the entire assembly process by relying on Agilent test and inspection systems to monitor manufacturing quality and provide feedback to other process points in the SIPLACE line. In turn, it will enable the line to continuously self-optimize and sustain maximum production output.

�This alliance is important to Siemens in allowing us to fully optimize the manufacturing process and deliver best-in-class manufacturing lines,� says Pat Trippel, president, Siemens EAS.

Says Kamran Firooz, general manager of Agilent�s Manufacturing Test Business Unit, �We believe this is an important validation of our Intelligent Test strategy of tightly-integrated test systems based on open industry standard protocols.�

In a separate agreement, Agilent and Siemens have agreed that Siemens will sell Agilent test equipment on a nonexclusive basis.

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