Cogiscan and Juki Automation Systems win SMT VISION Award
13 February 2006
Cogiscan and Juki Automation Systems have teamed to announce that they have been awarded a coveted VISION Award in the category of Process Control for their innovative IFS-X2 RFID intelligent feeder system with an open architecture. The crystal glass award was presented by SMT Magazine’s Publisher Jay Regan to Vincent Dubois, Cogiscan’s President, and Bob Black, Juki Automation Systems’ President and CEO, during a Wednesday, February 8, 2006 ceremony that took place during APEX in Anaheim, Calif.

This innovative and exceptional product is the result of a whole new level of collaboration between
two industry leaders. Cogiscan and Juki have been able to combine the best of both worlds by offering exactly what the market has been asking for; IFS-X2, an RFID intelligent feeder system with an open architecture. This new product was developed and successfully introduced to the market in a record timeframe. This unique new option provides a strong competitive edge to Juki placement machines. This explains why Juki AG has enjoyed a record year in 2005. More than $8M US worth of new business was won because of the Cogiscan RFID intelligent feeder system.

IFS-X2 is innovative because it represents a significant milestone in the world of SMT
manufacturing. Finally the connection is made between the OEM machine hardware and software
and the rest of the factory. The system takes full advantage of Cogiscan leading-edge RFID technology and the new CAMX equipment communications standard to integrate the advanced Juki machine intelligence with the outside world, including components and feeders as well as other machines and manufacturing systems.

IFS-X2 is a completely intelligent control system that tracks components from initial receipt
through placement. A key component is that the feeders communicate via RFID tags without any
mechanical contacts that can wear or fail. The RFID tags on the feeders are inexpensive and
reliable. These intelligent feeders provide significant cost benefits because the reliability as
well as the feeder cost have been drastically improved and the system provides SMT manufacturers with the highest cost/benefit ratio, which results in the lowest cost of ownership.