"Our unwavering commitment to our customers and partners has paid off by enabling us to deliver the solutions they need today to improve their businesses," said Robert Bucher, chairman and chief executive officer of Adept Technology Inc. "In the packaging industry, for example, our solutions have dramatically reduced the time it takes for our customers to reconfigure a packaging line, enabling them to provide their customers with the greater variety of products they demand."
Adept, which in a separate release today announced its new product lineup (see related release, "Adept Technology Unleashes Robots Featuring Greater Speed, Adaptability and Accuracy"), has received strong support for its solutions and services from several of the company's key customers and partners including:
Spangler Candy Company
Established in 1901 ( www.spanglercandy.com), Spangler, the world's largest candy cane manufacturer, uses 32 Adept robots to package its candies, which include Dum-Dum lollipops(R), circus peanuts, and Saf-T pops(R), as well as the candy canes. The company uses Adept vision-guided robots to inspect each candy cane, ignore those that lack the proper length and appropriate crook, then pick up each piece that passes inspection and place it properly in the cradle packaging.
"Adept continues to provide us with solutions that offer more precision, flexibility, and control," said David Bauer, manufacturing engineer at Spangler. "The new AdeptWindows(TM)-based systems have made an extremely difficult and time-consuming task simple enough for our non-technical staff to implement, saving time and money and providing us with far more options to meet our business goals."
Clear Automation, Inc.
Clear Automation, Inc. founded in 1990, is an award-winning systems integrator, specializing in the design, engineering, fabrication and installation of integrated robotic and machine vision systems. Clear integrates Adept robotics into high performance, custom automated assembly and packaging solutions that deliver unmatched performance and economic value throughout the production lifecycle. Clear Automation solutions are used in many industries including personal care products, medical devices, automotive and electronics.
"The markets that Clear addresses continue to experience significant growth, and providing our customers with an effective way to automate their assembly and handling processes gives them the flexibility to lower costs while increasing revenues," said Paul Kuchay, Sales Manager, Clear Automation. "That's why Clear is focused on its partnership with Adept. The speed and accuracy of Adept robots have enabled us to deliver custom robotics solutions that help our customers achieve core business goals."
Anaerobe Systems manufactures biopharmaceutical products for distribution to research laboratories, hospitals, clinics and other medical facilities. The company's technology allows it to prepare and package media, an agent used in bacteriology to help identify human diseases, in an oxygen-free environment, reducing the risk of even minor contaminants. Anaerobe uses Adept robots in a number of material handling and small parts assembly applications, including placing rubber stoppers on hundreds of small test tubes at one time and handling these small test tubes in a culture filling machine to keep them steady while liquid is poured into the tubes.
"Adept robots handle our smallest components with speed, accuracy, and precision far beyond what a manual assembler could achieve," said Mike Cox, president of Anaerobe Systems. "The robots are so easy to program, we don't have to hire engineers to manage the process. The results have been impressive -- our lab efficiency and accuracy have increased dramatically."
Parker Hannifin Corporation
Parker Hannifin is the world's leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems that provide precision-engineered solutions for a wide variety of commercial, mobile, industrial and aerospace markets. Parker and Adept have partnered to produce a family of high-quality linear modules for assembly and material handling applications that deliver flexibility, reliability and shorter lead times for applications such as high speed and precision dispensing.
"The cutting-edge capabilities that Adept robots provide in motion control demonstrate the company's commitment to leadership in the robotics industry," said Ken Sweet, general manager, Parker Hannifin Corporation. "By combining Parker's industry leading linear positioning tables with Adept machine controls, our customers can quickly and easily build and integrate custom applications faster and more dynamically than ever before."
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 www.adept.com.
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