Adept Technology Unveils New Line Of Robots

CHICAGO & SINSHEIM, Germany—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Sept. 27, 2005— Adept Technology, Inc. (OTCBB: ADEO), a leading provider of intelligent vision-guided robotics and global robotics services, today announced several products that set a new industry standard for the robotics industry in the areas of adaptability and accuracy. Adept will offer demonstrations of several of its new products at the 2005 Assembly Technology Expo (ATE), September 26-29, Booth 1217 and at MOTEK 2005, September 27-30, Stand 3102.

The new and enhanced Adept product line-up meets the increasing need for small parts assembly and material handling applications across multiple industries, including automotive, consumer electronics, consumer goods, disk drive, food, industrial tooling, medical devices and pharmaceuticals. The impressive new product line-up includes the Adept Viper(TM) s650 and s850, the Adept Cobra(TM) s350 and Clean Room/ESD s350 with MotionBox(TM) 40 servo controller, the Adept Python(TM) Linear Modules in single and multi-axis configurations with Motion Blox(TM) 10 servo controllers, and enhancements to Adept DeskTop(TM) and Adept iSight(TM). The new robots have been designed to ensure reduced application development time, improved speed and accuracy, and the fastest possible configuration and delivery times, resulting in significantly greater return on investment throughout the production lifecycle.

"Our new products represent a major step forward in manufacturing automation, as manufacturers in more industries deploy our robots to automate and accelerate a greater number of tasks, including those involving much smaller parts," said Robert Bucher, chairman and chief executive officer of Adept Technology, Inc. "As we continue to implement groundbreaking technologies, we remained focused on responding to our customers' needs for higher quality, greater flexibility, and faster time-to-benefit."

The new Adept products extend across the company's entire product line and address such applications as packaging, high-speed and precision dispensing, small parts materials handling, and flexible parts feeding and handling. All products described below are currently available for order:

Above the Belt Packaging

To meet the need for high-speed packaging and assembly, Adept offers the AdeptViper(TM) s650 and AdeptViper s850, 6-axis robots that offer speed, precision, and high performance. Ideal for assembly, material handling, packaging, machine tending, and many other operations requiring fast and precise automation, AdeptViper robots feature the powerful Adept vision guidance system and an extended reach with a 5 kg payload. The AdeptViper s650 offers a reach of 653 mm, while the AdeptViper s850 extends 854 mm. AdeptViper robots are controlled by the Adept SmartController CX, a high-performance motion and vision controller that leverages the unique Adept SmartServo(TM) technology.

Precise, High-speed Dispensing

For precise, high-speed dispensing, Adept offers Adept Python(TM), a family of high-quality linear modules for assembly material handling and dispensing applications. Python linear modules incorporate unique design features making them the most robust modules for gantry or cantilever configurations. Built-to-order and assembled, configured and tested at Adept, Python linear modules can be combined into several configurations, including single-axis, 2-axis and 3-axis, and can be mounted on a table, wall, or ceiling.

-- Python L08 modules feature an 85 mm cross section and are available in lengths from 100 mm to 800 mm.

-- Python L12 modules feature a 125 mm cross section and are available in lengths from 200 mm to 1500 mm.

-- Python L18 modules feature a 185 mm cross section and are available in lengths from 300 mm to 1600 mm.

Python linear modules are controlled by the Adept SmartController CX and the MotionBlox 10 servo controller and amplifier, allowing for easy programming of custom mechanisms to perform straight-line motion and circular motion in three-dimensional space.

Small Parts Material Handling

With the ability to maintain high speeds and heavy payloads within a small motion envelope, the Adept Cobra(TM) s350 series robot is perfect for material handling, mechanical assembly, packaging, machine tending, screw driving, and many other operations requiring fast and precise automation. The latest addition to the proven Adept Cobra family, the s350 features a high-precision design and small footprint for workplace efficiency.

The Adept Cobra s350 CR/ESD, a clean-room version of the s350, features an electrostatically-dissipative surface for use in disk drive manufacturing. The Adept Cobra s350 series robot has a 350 mm reach and is controlled by the Adept SmartController(TM) CX and MotionBlox 40R SmartServo controller and amplifiers, offering a high-performance SCARA robot for compact work areas.

Flexible Parts Feeding and Handling

For economical, flexible feeding and rapid, accurate parts location and handling, Adept offers Adept iSight(TM) for its Adept Cobra i600 and Cobra i800 robots. Thanks to its simple, graphical user interface, Adept iSight provides easy-to-use, out-of-the-box, PC-based vision-guidance that enables quick development of robust and accurate vision-guided applications. Adept iSight enables automation involving smaller parts and tighter tolerances, resulting in higher quality products without the need for complex programming or additional development tools.

World's Fastest, Most Precise SCARA Robots

Adept SCARA robots are designed for assembly and part-handling tasks that require greater precision, strength and speed than other robots on the market provide. The Adept Cobra series and the Adept One-XL and Adept Three-XL have been optimized for high-speed performance while incorporating maintainability, and serviceability features that result in low total implementation costs. With no external electronics, the Adept Cobra i-series offers the world's only self-contained, standalone SCARA robots.

Powerful Software for Easy Programming and Management

Whether working on PLCs or PCs, Adept offers its customers the right software to meet their needs. With more than 20-years of field-proven reliability, Adept software platforms are based on open-architecture to provide scalable platforms for a range of robotics applications.

The Adept V+ real-time operating system manages all system level operations, such as IO, program execution, task management, memory management and disk file operations. MicroV+ is the operating system and language used with the Adept SmartAxis modules and Adept Cobra i600/Cobra i800 robots. And, Adept DeskTop software packages provide a powerful graphical programming, controlling and monitoring interface to Adept equipment using V+ or MicroV+. Standard Microsoft(R) style toolbars, icons, and drag and drop capability facilitate ease-of-use in editing, debugging, and executing programs. Customizable user panels also allow flexibility in defining the graphical user interface and access level for any particular application.

About Adept Technology

Adept Technology, Inc. designs, manufactures and markets robotic systems, motion control and machine vision technology for global markets including automotive, consumer electronics, consumer goods, disk drive, food, industrial tooling, medical devices, and pharmaceutical. Adept robots, controllers, and software are used for small parts assembly, material handling and packaging. Adept intelligent automation product lines include industrial robots, configurable linear modules, machine controllers for robot mechanisms and other flexible automation equipment, machine vision, and systems and applications software. Founded in 1983, Adept Technology is the largest U.S.-based manufacturer of industrial robots. More information is available at

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements including statements regarding revenue and future results that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. The company's actual results could differ materially from those expressed in any of the above forward-looking statements for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to, its customers ability to pay invoices in a timely manner and lack of unexpected cash obligations, the risk that some of its customers may become insolvent, future economic, competitive and market conditions including those in Europe and Asia and those related to the company's strategic markets; the company's continuing operating losses causing the company to need to raise additional financing in the future and the effect of the financing on current stockholders; the cyclicality of capital spending of the company's customers, including in the semiconductor industry and lack of long-term customer contracts; the company's dependence on the continued growth of the intelligent automation market; the company's highly competitive industry; rapid technological change within the intelligent automation industry; the lengthy sales cycles for the company's products; the company's significant fixed costs which are not easily reduced; the risks associated with sole or single sources of supply and lengthy procurement lead times; the risks associated with acquisitions, including integration risks associated with our previous acquisitions; the risks associated with product defects; the potential delays associated with the development and introduction of new products or software releases; or decreased acceptance of the company's new or current products in the marketplace.

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