Process Industries

Adept Technology Introduces New Robotic Platform

September 29, 2010

The Adept Packaging Automation Cell (PAC) is a platform of products such as poultry and meat using the only USDA-accepted parallel linked robot.

PLEASANTON, CA -- Adept Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq:ADEP), a leading provider of intelligent vision-guided robotics and autonomous mobile robotics solutions, will unveil their new packaging platform for the food industry at the Pack Expo 2010 event in Chicago IL, October 31 to November 3. The Adept Packaging Automation Cell (PAC) is a platform for next generation high-speed primary packaging applications, requiring both flexible and sanitary processing. The packaging cell is built with a rigid stainless steel frame for wash down capabilities and integrated with best-in-class products from Adept, such as the world's fastest USDA-accepted robot, ultra-compact motion and vision controllers, touch-screen operator interface, and predefined programming recipes for advanced conveyor-tracking and vision-guidance.

The platform can be rapidly deployed due to the extensive engineering and planning associated with bringing the system to market, which benefits end-users by reducing the total cost of ownership and aids integrators through faster project turns. Adept's partners and integrators add value by implementing best practices in optimizing the solution to deliver high-throughput applications rather than focusing on robotic cell fundamentals such as sanitary frame layout and design. The platform's state-of-the-art software helps customers to build specific applications without the need of complex and lengthy programming.

"Adept PAC was developed through the knowledge and domain expertise gained in the process of obtaining USDA-acceptance for our Quattro s650HS," said Rush LaSelle, Director of Sales & Marketing for Adept Technology, Inc. The Adept packaging bundle will address some of the long standing challenges associated with flexible automation, such as deployment time and integration cost. LaSelle goes on to say, "By bundling numerous building blocks such as vision, easily navigated operator interfaces, and a thoughtfully designed frame into a well defined package, the Adept PAC stands to reduce delivery, integration and overall deployment times."

The packaging industry is being transformed as product variants proliferate, new retail models evolve, and sustainable packaging becomes the norm. Traditional packaging machinery can't adapt to this new paradigm and manual labor is becoming less viable in almost all markets. "The Adept PAC is designed to provide the dexterity and flexibility of manual packaging with the consistency and throughput of traditional packaging machinery," said John Dulchinos, President and CEO of Adept Technology, Inc. Built on the USDA-accepted Adept Quattro s650 HS robot, the Adept PAC is the first robotic packaging platform designed from the ground up to address the hygienic requirements of meat and poultry packaging. "Adept PAC can be easily configured to a wide range of packaging applications in the food and pharmaceutical industries," said Dulchinos.

The Adept PAC will be displayed in booth N-4313 at McCormick Place Convention Center at the Pack Expo 2010 event from October 31 to November 3. For information on the show or how to get a complimentary pass to the four day event, please click here.

About Adept
Adept Technology Inc. is a global, leading provider of intelligent robots and autonomous mobile solutions and services that enable customers to achieve precision, speed, quality and productivity in their assembly, handling, packaging, testing, and logistical processes. With a comprehensive portfolio of high-performance motion controllers, application development software, vision-guidance technology and high-reliability robot mechanisms with autonomous capabilities, Adept provides specialized, cost-effective robotics systems and services to high-growth markets including Packaging, Medical, Disk Drive/Electronics and Solar; as well as to traditional industrial markets including machine tool automation and automotive components.

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