Data I/O Announces Additional Installations of RoadRunner to Kyocera Wireless Corp.

7/24/2002 - Data I/O® Corporation (NASDAQ:DAIO), the leading innovator in device programming and handling solutions announced today that Kyocera Wireless Corp.® has expanded their utilization of Pro-LINE RoadRunner™ by converting yet another manufacturing cell to On-Line programming. Kyocera Wireless initially began converting manufacturing lines to Data I/O in 2001. Each manufacturing cell contains 2 production lines and Kyocera Wireless uses one RoadRunner per line. The RoadRunner installs as a feeder on the SMT assembly machine, automatically removing blank components from carrier tape, programming them and presenting the programmed components for immediate placement on the PCB.

Since their initial purchase, Kyocera Wireless has realized impressive gains in operation by virtue of their upgrade to Data I/O RoadRunners, saving significant amounts in operating costs and inventory expenses.

"This approach allows us to download our information to the Flash memory at the time of assembly. We’re adding value as late as possible in the value chain, while still maintaining our maximum line rate," said Greg Balas, Engineering Manager at Kyocera Wireless Corp. "These improvements in operations as well as substantial inventory reductions as a result of our conversion have allowed us to achieve a return on our investment in well under one year. We’ve also cut several weeks out of our new product delivery time."

"Kyocera Wireless is a luminary customer for Data I/O, in that they truly embrace the principles of Lean Manufacturing. The benefits of RoadRunner such as streamlined processes, removal of unnecessary steps in the value chain, and the elimination of batch work are all recognized and managed well by Kyocera Wireless. Their environment is the state-of-the-art model for which the RoadRunner was designed," said Stuart Jensen, Customer Program Manager for Data I/O.

About Kyocera Wireless Corp.
Kyocera Wireless Corp. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kyocera International Inc., which acquired QUALCOMM Incorporated's CDMA consumer wireless phone business in February 2000. Kyocera Wireless Corp. is a leading supplier of innovative, feature-rich CDMA handsets and accessories for customers worldwide. Based in San Diego, the company is ISO-14001 and ISO-9001 certified and has won city, state and federal awards for its environmentally friendly manufacturing and recycling practices. For more information, please visit the Kyocera Wireless Corp. Web site at

Kyocera Corporation, the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of advanced ceramics. By combining these engineered materials with metals and plastics, and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of telecommunications equipment, semiconductor packages, electronic components, cameras, laser printers, copiers, solar energy systems and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2002, Kyocera Corporation's consolidated net sales totaled US$7.78 billion (JPY 1,034,574 million) with net income of US$240.25 million (JPY 31,953 million).

Kyocera is a registered trademark of Kyocera Corporation.

About Data I/O:
Celebrating 30 years of innovative leadership in the device programming industry, Data I/O Corporation (NASDAQ:DAIO) provides manual and automated device programming systems that specifically address the requirements of engineering and manufacturing customers. By combining leading edge technology and a deep understanding of our customers’ business processes, Data I/O is creating systems that dramatically improve Return on Investment. New systems include the world’s fastest and most cost-effective inline and manual Flash programming solutions, ProLINE-RoadRunner™ and FlashPAK™ Networked Programming System. The company’s Connected Programming Strategy optimizes programming from design through manufacturing by creating a networked solution that connects engineering to manufacturing, business processes to business systems, and the firmware supply chain to its users. Data I/O Corporation is headquartered in Redmond, Washington, and has sales and service offices worldwide. For more information, visit us at our website:

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