PRI Automation Ships First Guardian Bare Reticle Stocker

Innovative Reticle Storage System Protects and Manages Expensive

Reticle Inventory



Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from PRI Automation, Inc.

    MUNICH, Germany, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 PRI Automation, Inc., (Nasdaq:   PRIA), a global leader in semiconductor factory
 automation systems, software, and services, announced today from the SEMICON
 Europa trade show, the first shipments of its new Guardian(TM) bare reticle
 stocker (BRS).  Guardian was introduced last summer at the SEMICON West trade
 show and has undergone further development and extensive testing since then
 prior to first customer delivery.  The units were shipped to two large
 semiconductor manufacturers, one in Europe and the other in the United States,
 and will be integrated into their lithography operations to provide enhanced
 reticle management and higher levels of reticle protection.
     "Manufacturers are looking for ways to improve the productivity of their
 lithography operations," said John Chrisos, vice president and general manager
 of PRI's Lithography Division.  "The cost of reticle sets and the number of
 reticles manufacturers must keep in inventory are rising -- driven by
 increases in product mix and design complexity.  As a result, customers are
 looking for innovative ways to better access and manage their reticle
 inventory while protecting reticles from damage, loss and contamination.
 Guardian's advanced design provides an effective and low-cost solution for
 storing and managing reticle inventories while giving customers the confidence
 that their reticles are protected."
     Guardian bare reticle stocker is a fully automated, high-density solution
 for storing five- and six-inch bare reticles.  Guardian stores up to 1,632
 bare reticles and supports SMIF, Canon, and Nikon reticle carriers.  Storing
 reticles bare can save hundreds of thousands of dollars in unnecessary carrier
 costs.  The patented "reticle vault" completely isolates the reticle in a
 Class 1 environment.  All mechanical and electrical devices are located
 outside the reticle vault to ensure that reticles are isolated during storage
 and transfer.  Guardian also enables litho managers to control access through
 password protection, and to track reticles entering or leaving the stocker.
 Guardian has a small footprint that saves expensive floor space and its two-
 sided service access make it easy to fit into existing fabs.
     Guardian integrates with PRI's TransNet(TM) reticle management software,
 allowing operators to control access to, and track reticles leaving or
 entering the system, so they always know where their reticles are.  Guardian
 can also be integrated with PRI's AeroLoader(TM) overhead hoist transport
 system for automating reticle delivery directly to the stepper.
     PRI is exhibiting a variety of its factory automation hardware and
 software products, including the Guardian bare reticle stocker, in Booth
 B2.110 at SEMICON Europa.  The show runs from April 24-26, 2001 in the New
 Munich Trade Fair Centre, Munich, Germany.
 
     About PRI Automation
     PRI Automation, Inc., headquartered in Billerica, Massachusetts, is the
 leading global supplier of advanced factory automation systems, software, and
 services that optimize the productivity of semiconductor and precision
 electronics manufacturers as well as OEM process tool manufacturers.  PRI is
 the only company to provide a tightly integrated and flexible hardware and
 software solution that optimizes the flow of products, data, materials and
 resources throughout the production chain.  The company has thousands of
 systems installed at approximately one hundred locations throughout the world.
 For more information visit PRI online at www.pria.com.
 
     Safe Harbor Statement
     This release includes forward-looking statements, including, without
 limitation, statements relating to the expected benefits of PRI Automation
 products. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and
 uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those
 expressed or implied by such statements.  Such risks and uncertainties
 include; (i) the manner in which the customer uses the products and integrates
 them with other third party components; (ii) the ability of the company to
 continue to successfully develop and market new products and product
 enhancements on a timely basis; (iii) the cyclicality of the semiconductor
 industry and the rapid technological change that characterizes the industry in
 which the Company competes; (iv) uncertainties affecting global markets and
 currencies, the effects of possible delays by semiconductor manufacturers in
 the adoption of 300 mm wafer manufacturing and other new technologies, (v)
 changes in our product sales mix; (vi) competitive factors, such as
 introduction of new products or technologies by our competitors, and pricing
 pressures; (vii) the possible impact of any mergers and acquisitions activity
 by the company and our ability to successfully integrate and operate any
 acquired businesses; (viii) business and economic conditions affecting the
 semiconductor manufacturing equipment industry generally; (ix) and other
 factors identified in our registration statement on Form S-3, file number 333-
 34584, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 12, 2000
 and amended thereafter.  We assume no obligation to update any forward-looking
 information contained in this release.
 
      Media Contact:
      Michael J. Greeley
      Stauch Vetromile & Mitchell
      401-438-0614
      michaelg@svmmarcom.com
 
      Jeffrey Nestel-Patt
      PRI Automation
      978-670-4270
      jnestel-patt@pria.com
 
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SOURCE PRI Automation, Inc.
    MUNICH, Germany, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 PRI Automation, Inc., (Nasdaq:   PRIA), a global leader in semiconductor factory
 automation systems, software, and services, announced today from the SEMICON
 Europa trade show, the first shipments of its new Guardian(TM) bare reticle
 stocker (BRS).  Guardian was introduced last summer at the SEMICON West trade
 show and has undergone further development and extensive testing since then
 prior to first customer delivery.  The units were shipped to two large
 semiconductor manufacturers, one in Europe and the other in the United States,
 and will be integrated into their lithography operations to provide enhanced
 reticle management and higher levels of reticle protection.
     "Manufacturers are looking for ways to improve the productivity of their
 lithography operations," said John Chrisos, vice president and general manager
 of PRI's Lithography Division.  "The cost of reticle sets and the number of
 reticles manufacturers must keep in inventory are rising -- driven by
 increases in product mix and design complexity.  As a result, customers are
 looking for innovative ways to better access and manage their reticle
 inventory while protecting reticles from damage, loss and contamination.
 Guardian's advanced design provides an effective and low-cost solution for
 storing and managing reticle inventories while giving customers the confidence
 that their reticles are protected."
     Guardian bare reticle stocker is a fully automated, high-density solution
 for storing five- and six-inch bare reticles.  Guardian stores up to 1,632
 bare reticles and supports SMIF, Canon, and Nikon reticle carriers.  Storing
 reticles bare can save hundreds of thousands of dollars in unnecessary carrier
 costs.  The patented "reticle vault" completely isolates the reticle in a
 Class 1 environment.  All mechanical and electrical devices are located
 outside the reticle vault to ensure that reticles are isolated during storage
 and transfer.  Guardian also enables litho managers to control access through
 password protection, and to track reticles entering or leaving the stocker.
 Guardian has a small footprint that saves expensive floor space and its two-
 sided service access make it easy to fit into existing fabs.
     Guardian integrates with PRI's TransNet(TM) reticle management software,
 allowing operators to control access to, and track reticles leaving or
 entering the system, so they always know where their reticles are.  Guardian
 can also be integrated with PRI's AeroLoader(TM) overhead hoist transport
 system for automating reticle delivery directly to the stepper.
     PRI is exhibiting a variety of its factory automation hardware and
 software products, including the Guardian bare reticle stocker, in Booth
 B2.110 at SEMICON Europa.  The show runs from April 24-26, 2001 in the New
 Munich Trade Fair Centre, Munich, Germany.
 
     About PRI Automation
     PRI Automation, Inc., headquartered in Billerica, Massachusetts, is the
 leading global supplier of advanced factory automation systems, software, and
 services that optimize the productivity of semiconductor and precision
 electronics manufacturers as well as OEM process tool manufacturers.  PRI is
 the only company to provide a tightly integrated and flexible hardware and
 software solution that optimizes the flow of products, data, materials and
 resources throughout the production chain.  The company has thousands of
 systems installed at approximately one hundred locations throughout the world.
 For more information visit PRI online at www.pria.com.
 
     Safe Harbor Statement
     This release includes forward-looking statements, including, without
 limitation, statements relating to the expected benefits of PRI Automation
 products. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and
 uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those
 expressed or implied by such statements.  Such risks and uncertainties
 include; (i) the manner in which the customer uses the products and integrates
 them with other third party components; (ii) the ability of the company to
 continue to successfully develop and market new products and product
 enhancements on a timely basis; (iii) the cyclicality of the semiconductor
 industry and the rapid technological change that characterizes the industry in
 which the Company competes; (iv) uncertainties affecting global markets and
 currencies, the effects of possible delays by semiconductor manufacturers in
 the adoption of 300 mm wafer manufacturing and other new technologies, (v)
 changes in our product sales mix; (vi) competitive factors, such as
 introduction of new products or technologies by our competitors, and pricing
 pressures; (vii) the possible impact of any mergers and acquisitions activity
 by the company and our ability to successfully integrate and operate any
 acquired businesses; (viii) business and economic conditions affecting the
 semiconductor manufacturing equipment industry generally; (ix) and other
 factors identified in our registration statement on Form S-3, file number 333-
 34584, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 12, 2000
 and amended thereafter.  We assume no obligation to update any forward-looking
 information contained in this release.
 
      Media Contact:
      Michael J. Greeley
      Stauch Vetromile & Mitchell
      401-438-0614
      michaelg@svmmarcom.com
 
      Jeffrey Nestel-Patt
      PRI Automation
      978-670-4270
      jnestel-patt@pria.com
 
                      MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here
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