SOURCE: Cascade Microtech

Cascade Microtech

December 18, 2012 11:00 ET

Cascade Microtech Lays Foundation for Process Maturity Level 5 Goal With Receipt of ISO 9001: 2008 Certification From TUV Rheinland

Beaverton, Oregon Joins Dresden, Germany as Fully-Certified Operations

BEAVERTON, OR--(Marketwire - Dec 18, 2012) - Cascade Microtech, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCD), a leading expert at enabling precision measurements of integrated circuits at the wafer level, today announced its Beaverton, Oregon operation has achieved ISO 9001:2008 certification, a globally accepted standard for companies who establish and maintain an effective quality management system. Cascade Microtech sought the certification to ensure that its quality management system is aligned to meet the needs of its Customers and other stakeholders. The certification was authorized by TÜV Rheinland, a premier global provider of independent testing and certification services.

The ISO 9001:2008 award recognizes that the Cascade Microtech Business Management System has been installed and is gaining maturity across all of its sites; it is robust and sufficient to meet the Company's intended growth objectives. The system -- which includes processes spanning engineering, marketing, Customer operations, manufacturing operations, finance and human resources -- has been designed to scale for those objectives. Processes audited and certified include the product life cycle process, order generation, order fulfillment, post-delivery support, product non-conformance, supply chain management, and supporting processes.

"Just over a year ago, we set our sights on achieving process maturity level 5 (PML5). We began the journey to the PML5 culture of optimal processes and continual improvement with global Yellow Belt training in Customer-centric process design and structured problem solving," said Michael Burger, President and CEO. "Today we have achieved a major milestone in reaching our PML5 vision, with certification to the ISO 9001: 2008 standard. We now have defined processes, practices and metrics that enable us to meet and exceed our Customers' expectations of quality and service. We have installed a culture of Continuous Improvement that will scale with our growth. Beaverton Operations joins our Dresden site in achieving this important recognition."

"The approach employed by Cascade Microtech embodies management commitment by involving all levels of the organization and empowering individuals to make appropriate, data-driven decisions," said Lisa Greenleaf, Director, Business Field Systems, TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc. "There is a strong underlying management system that provides the necessary structure and is supported by a process-approach model that prevails throughout the manufacturing process."

ISO 9001 is often a mandatory requirement for international semiconductor capital equipment suppliers. More importantly, a well-planned quality management system is the underpinning for effective and efficient operations for the shared benefits of the Customer, supplier and stakeholder.

"We are proud of our ISO 9001:2008 certification. It demonstrates our capability to continually improve the application of systematic, quantifiable approaches to assuring quality performance. Cascade Microtech will now be measured against standards that include organizational requirements in documentation, procedures and execution against our Quality Management System (QMS)," said Mr. Burger. "This latest ISO certification -- in combination with Cascade Microtech's goal of PML5 -- assures our Customers and stakeholders of our commitment to providing superior products, services and support. We will continually focus on the ongoing improvement of the design, development and manufacture of our on-wafer probe systems, probes, and probe cards and our performance of service to stakeholders."

About TÜV Rheinland

Founded in 1872, TÜV Rheinland is a global leader in independent testing, inspection, and certification services, ensuring quality and safety for people, the environment and technology in nearly all aspects of life. The company maintains a presence in 500 locations spanning 61 countries, employs 16,000 people and has an annual revenue of $1.9 billion (EUR 1.4 billion). TÜV Rheinland inspects technical equipment, products and services, oversees projects and helps to shape processes for a wide variety of companies through its worldwide network of approved labs, testing facilities and education centers. Since 2006, the company has been a member of the United Nations Global Compact to promote sustainability and combat corruption. For more information, visit www.tuv.com/us.

About Cascade Microtech, Inc.
Cascade Microtech, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCD) is a worldwide leader in precision contact, electrical measurement and test of integrated circuits (ICs), optical devices and other small structures. For technology businesses and scientific institutions that need to evaluate small structures, Cascade Microtech delivers access to electrical data from wafers, ICs, IC packages, circuit boards and modules, MEMS, 3D TSV, LED devices and more. Cascade Microtech's leading-edge stations, probes, probe cards and integrated systems deliver precision accuracy and superior performance both in the lab and during production manufacturing of high-speed and high-density semiconductor chips. For more information visit www.cascademicrotech.com.

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