Adept Offers New Solar Wafer-Cell Handling and Inspection System

VALENCIA, Spain /GlobeNewswire/ -- Adept Technology Inc., a leading provider of intelligent vision-guided robotics and global robotics services, announced its new Adept Solaris solar product line, which it will preview at its booth (4/A 39) at the 23rd European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition in Valencia, Spain, September 1–5. Adept Solaris products integrate solar wafer-cell handling and inspection capabilities in a common application platform for high performance, ease in application development, and rapid deployment, all backed by Adept's award-winning customer service and support.

"The Adept Solaris line is designed to meet the industry's increasing need for improved manufacturing productivity," said John Dulchinos, President and Chief Operating Officer for Adept Technology Inc. "Integrating inspection with automated handling continues the trend toward lower cost solar cells by improving production efficiencies."

The new Adept Solaris line is designed to aid in the cost-reduction drive to meet grid parity. The line's advanced vision sensing and inspection technology coupled with Adept's high-speed and precise robotics, controls, and software products, will give manufacturers increased yields, higher plant throughput, better measurability in performance, quicker integration, and minimal cell breakage while reducing the cost per watt in solar energy equipment manufacturing.

The Adept Solaris line incorporates Adepts' existing product set with advanced vision sensing and inspection technology from LMI Technologies, a leading vision sensor supplier based in British Columbia, Canada. The line includes the highly successful Adept Quattro s650 robot, easy-to-use AdeptSight 2.0 PC-based software, and the compact Adept Cobra s600 SCARA robot. These core technologies have already been implemented and endorsed by industry-leading solar companies around the world. The demonstration cell also incorporates a high-resolution imaging sensor provided by LMI Technologies.

Adept Solaris products will be available for purchase in the beginning of 2009.

About Adept Technology
Adept Technology Inc. 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.

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