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Adept Technology Acquires MobileRobots Inc.
With MobileRobotis acquisition, Adept expands into new application areas.
By Robotics Trends Staff - Filed Jun 14, 2010

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Supplier of vision-guided robotics solutions has entered into an agreement to acquire provider of robot platforms, autonomous navigation systems and software for robot researchers and commercial application developers.



Adept Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq:ADEP), a provider of intelligent vision-guided robotics and global robotics services, announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire privately held MobileRobots Inc., a provider of industry leading autonomous robot and automated guided vehicle (AGV) technologies. Based in New Hampshire, MobileRobots uniquely positions Adept to deliver productivity gains in unstructured environments, many of which reside beyond traditional robot applications. Equipping Adept’s global sales channels with autonomous robots and associated technologies will enable the company to address the needs of the production logistics markets.

“With this acquisition, Adept strengthens its ability to develop and deliver highly flexible automation solutions aligned with the needs and demands of our target markets,” said John Dulchinos, president and CEO of Adept Technology, Inc. “We are clearly focused on removing the challenges and costs associated with manual and less sophisticated means of moving critical components through production environments in a flexible manner and MobileRobots extends this value proposition beyond our industry’s traditional application areas.”

From individual robots in hospitals to fleets of AGVs in factories, automation solution providers and end-users have increasingly depended on million-mile proven solutions from MobileRobots. The ability for the company’s autonomous platforms to navigate in unstructured environments and provide comprehensive solutions and unmatched flexibility in delivering supplies, components and parts in complex and peopled environments has been paramount to the adoption of MobileRobots across numerous industries.

“Joining Adept and leveraging their resources and international sales infrastructure will enable the MobileRobots team to capitalize on the over fifteen years of investment into developing technologies and solutions for markets with clearly defined needs,” said Jeanne Dietsch, CEO and co-founder of MobileRobots Inc. “In carefully analyzing the combining of the companies it became clear that our roadmap, positioning, organization and culture are complementary and the acquisition will therefore enable us to more rapidly and fully service our customers.”

The acquisition of MobileRobots expands Adept’s automation presence in markets including industrial, commercial, medical, research and academia and will contribute to continued innovation in the automation of logistical processes. The MobileRobots team brings unmatched expertise in autonomous platform design and advanced fleet management along with applications experience and an established industry network. Upon completion of the acquisition, MobileRobots employees will become part of the Adept MobileRobots group and will work with Adept’s existing engineering, operations and service teams in Pleasanton, CA, Dortmund, Germany and Singapore. More information on MobileRobots is available at http://www.mobilerobots.com.

About Adept Technology, Inc.
Adept is a global, leading provider of intelligent robotics systems and services that enable customers to achieve precision, speed, quality and productivity in their assembly, handling, packaging, testing and other automated processes. With a comprehensive portfolio of high-performance motion controllers, application development software, vision-guidance technology and high-reliability robot mechanisms, Adept provides specialized, cost-effective robotics systems and services to high-growth markets including Packaged Goods, Life Sciences, Disk Drive/Electronics and Semiconductor/Solar, as well as to traditional industrial markets including machine tool automation and automotive components. More information is available at http://www.adept.com.

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Adept Technology
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