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Adept Robots to handle prescription drugs

Initial Order for 16 Cobra i800 Robots Marks Design Win in the U.S. Automated Pharmacy Market

LIVERMORE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 7, 2007--Adept Technology has been selected by a major Prescription Benefit Management (PBM) Provider as the robotics supplier for their automated distribution center. The Adept Cobra i800 robots will be employed as intelligent handlers used in sorting and filling orders for prescription drugs destined for the expanding home delivery market.

The Adept Cobra i800 robot was selected for its speed, precision and intelligence providing fast and reliable order fulfillment along with complete process traceability. The fully embedded controls of the Adept Cobra i800 reduced floor space and streamlined communications with factory order management systems.

According to BCC Research, a 35 year old market research firm serving the Healthcare industry, the US pharmacy automation market will grow from $1.4 Billion in 2003 to $2.5 Billion by 2008. This growth will be driven in large part by the increasing portion or prescription drugs available for home delivery through mail order pharmacies. It is estimated that 25% of all US prescriptions will be delivered directly to the home by 2011.

"We are pleased to have been selected as the robotics supplier for this expanding application area for automation," said Robert Bucher, chief executive officer at Adept Technology, Inc. "The speed, precision and reliability of Adept's robotics provides a level of efficiency and order traceability that can not be matched by manual processes."

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, 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.
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