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PRI Automation to Integrate Demand Flow Manufacturing Process Across All OEM Facilities.

DFT Methodology Streamlines Manufacturing Process

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 10 /PRNewswire/ --

PRI Automation, Inc. (Nasdaq: PRIA), a global leader in advanced automation systems, software, and services to the semiconductor industry, has taken the first steps in implementing the Demand Flow Technology (DFT)(R) in its Systems Integration Cleanroom (SICR). A much leaner manufacturing methodology, DFT is designed to produce shorter manufacturing lead times, lower costs, and increased ability to size manufacturing capacity to the present demand.

"The decision to implement DFT into PRI's newly expanded SICR was an easy one, as we have personally seen DFT at work for the past five years in the company's component manufacturing area," stated Robert de Neve, vice president and general manager of PRI's OEM System Division. "With DFT, we will be able to get customers orders to them faster then ever before. This means that we will provide OEMs with not only the best equipment, but it will be delivered in the most timely manner possible."

The DFT manufacturing methodology requires less material on-site, which means less overhead cost, and the ability to control the daily flow rate of the line so the output can easily be increased or decreased without any disruptions. These changes will enable PRI to meet increased demand without increasing lead times, a critical advantage in the cyclical semiconductor industry.

The first implementation of DFT into the SICR is scheduled to start in the first quarter of fiscal year 2002. It will include workcell definition, Operational Method Sheets (OMS's), Sequence of Events (SOE's), Product Syncs', integrated tooling, and is capable of a mixed model line. The second phase will be a CIP project that will include line balancing.

Demand Flow Technology is a federally registered trademark of J-C-I-T Institute of Technology, Inc.

About PRI Automation

PRI Automation, Inc., headquartered in Billerica, Massachusetts, is the leading global supplier of advanced factory automation systems, software, and service to semiconductor manufacturers and OEM equipment suppliers. PRI is the only company to provide a tightly integrated and flexible hardware and software solution that optimizes the flow of materials and information throughout the fab improving the productivity of semiconductor manufacturing. The company has thousands of systems installed at hundreds of 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 its 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: PRI Contact:

Dave Anderson or Josh Jacobs Doug Lawson

Stauch Vetromile & Mitchell PRI Automation

401-438-0614 978-670-4270 x 3640

dave or josh@svmmarcom.com dlawson@pria.com

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