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Mueller launches fixture-free solder station exclusively at Newark element14

CHICAGO-JANUARY 8, 2009

New station saves time and labor by cutting conventional 3-step soldering process to one simple step

Committed to bringing engineers the newest technologies first, leading multi-channel electronics distributor Newark element14 part of the global Premier Farnell Group, announces that it is exclusively marketing the new Mueller solder station, which is said to increase productivity in manufacturing production lines by up to 300%.

Conventional soldering processes require parts to be placed in fixtures, soldered and then removed from the fixtures. Using the Mueller system, an operator needs only to lift parts to a heated solder tip. The solder can then be advanced with an electronically-controlled foot pedal. This frees the operator's hands, and eliminates the need to fixture most applications. Controls can be adjusted to regulate the length and speed at which the solder moves.

Other advantages of the system include improved process control and safety. A consistent solder joint can be achieved each time, because solder makes direct contact with the tip in a precise position, for a controlled time interval. The unit can be attached to a ventilation system and its built-in exhaust fan pulls hazardous fumes released by the solder away from the user.

"The Mueller Solder Station is a new paradigm of process technology, and its benefits can best be demonstrated in person," commented Scott Emerson, President, Mueller. "We chose to work exclusively with Newark because of their multi-channel sales model, which includes a dedicated sales force who can demo our product to customers. Other distributors rely on Internet and catalog marketing alone."

"We are committed to providing our customers with the newest technologies to help them achieve efficiencies," said Paul Buckley, Senior VP, Sales and Supplier Management, Newark element14. "Our sales team is available to work on site to bring Mueller's innovation to manufacturers' production lines."

A video and product details on the device, available for same-day shipping, can be viewed at www.newark.ca/mueller-electric. To arrange for a demonstration, call 1.800.463.9275.

About Newark element14

Newark element14, a subsidiary of global distributor Premier Farnell plc, is North America's leading small-quantity distributor of electronic components and test equipment, and its #1 source for RoHS compliant parts and information. RoHS is the acronym for the European Union's Restrictions of certain Hazardous Substances directive, which took effect July 1, 2006.

Visited by thousands of engineers and electronics buyers each week, Newark element14's RoHS Express site at www.element14.com/community/community/legislation provides critical information to help companies transition to compliance, including: the latest news, on-demand lead-free soldering webinars, downloadable step-by-step guides to compliance and updates on US and Canadian green laws.

In addition to offering the broadest electronics selection from 440+ top manufacturers for same-day shipping, Newark element14 provides a unique range of value-added services at no charge, including, RoHS Bill of Materials updates, eProcurement implementation and support, and automatic re-reeling for components.

With multiple sales channels, customers do business with Newark element14 through contact centers, a local branch network in the US, Canada, Mexico and Brazil, a dedicated field sales force and a world-class website at www.Newark.com. The holder of a General Services Administration schedule (#GS-06F-0044M,) Newark element14 also supports federal government customers through a dedicated website, www.teamgov.com, and a specially trained team of representatives.

Newark element14's parent company, Premier Farnell plc, is a leading global marketer and distributor of electronic, maintenance repair and operations (MRO) and specialist products and services, trading in more than 100 countries with a database of 2 million customer contacts. For general information, visit www.Newark.com and www.premierfarnell.com. Also, you can reach Newark element14's media contact, Janice Fleisher, at 773.907.5941 and at jfleisher@Newark element14inone.com.

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