Adept Technology Selected by ZT Automation to Provide Adept SmartServo FWProduct

Adept Technology Selected by ZT Automation to Provide Adept SmartServo FireWire-Based Products.\r\n
\r\nZT Automation to Standardize on Adept sModules(TM) and Adept SmartControllers(TM) for Media Testing and Servowriting Products for Disk Drive Industry
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\r\n“;“SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dec. 3, 2002– Adept Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq:ADTK – News), a leading manufacturer of flexible automation for the electronics, fiber optic, telecommunications, life sciences and semiconductor industries, today announced that ZT Automation, a leading supplier of automated disk testing workcells, has selected Adept Technology, Inc. to supply Adept sModule(TM) linear modules and Adept SmartController(TM) products, which are based on Adept’s SmartServo(TM) distributed motion control architecture, for use in their automated disk testing workcells. Adept’s FireWire®-based products will be used in ZT Automation’s new advanced servowriting workcell for the disk drive industry. The resulting new workcells will be more cost effective, exhibit higher throughput and have a smaller footprint than previous systems.\r\n
\r\n\“We’re excited to have ZT Automation standardize on Adept,\“ noted John Dulchinos, vice president of sales for Adept Technology, Inc. \“ZT is uniquely equipped to meet the extremely rigorous demands of the disk drive industry, and we collaborated closely with them to develop an appropriate material handling solution with Adept’s newest line of distributed motion control products.\“ \r\n
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\r\n\“After evaluating a wide variety of servo-axes and controllers for our next-generation systems, we concluded that Adept’s FireWire®-based Adept sModules and Adept SmartControllers offered ZT Automation and its customers the best combination of performance, price, flexibility and reliability,\“ said Neil Brumberger, president of ZT Automation. \“ZT Automation and Adept Technology are well positioned to dominate the market for advanced servowriting automation.\“ \r\n
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\r\nZT Automation’s next-generation servowriting workcell allows data storage media to be formatted before they are assembled into a disk drive. Servowriting outside the drive allows closer track spacing and higher areal density storage of data. Building on more than 18 years of experience in handling rigid disk media for the data storage industry, ZT Automation has developed a compact, high-throughput workcell employing 12 servo-axes all operating under the control of Adept’s FireWire®-based Adept Smartcontroller(TM). The system has a lower cost, higher throughput and smaller footprint than was possible with their previous system. According to ZT Automation the workcell is complete and the first production systems will ship to data storage customers in Q1 of 2003. \r\n
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\r\nZT Automation, located in Fremont, Calif., and Singapore, is the leading supplier of Automated Disk Testing Workcells with more than 90% of the worldwide installed base of advanced servowriting automation. ZT Automation began shipping its first-generation automation for advanced servowriting applications one year ago. \r\n
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\r\nAdept Technology designs, manufactures and markets factory automation components and systems for the fiber optic, telecommunications, semiconductor, automotive, food and durable goods industries throughout the world. Adept’s robots, controllers, and software products are used for small parts assembly, material handling and ultra precision process applications. Our intelligent automation product lines include industrial robots, configurable linear modules, flexible feeders, semiconductor process components, nanopositioners, machine controllers for robot mechanisms and other flexible automation equipment, machine vision, systems and software, application software, and simulation software. Founded in 1983, Adept is America’s largest manufacturer of industrial robots. More information is available at www.adept.com. \r\n
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\r\nThis press release contains certain forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results could vary for a number of reasons, including, but not limited to, the potential delays associated with the development and introduction of new products or software releases; rapid technological change within the company’s industry and the potential that our new or existing products may contain defects, errors or performance problems. \r\n
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\r\nFor a discussion of additional risk factors relating to Adept’s business, see Adept’s annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2001 and Adept’s quarterly reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended September 29, 2001, December 29, 2001 and March 30, 2002, including the discussion in Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations contained therein. \r\n
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\r\nNote to Editors: The Adept logo is a registered trademark of Adept Technology; Inc. Adept, Adept SmartModule, Adept Smartcontroller, SmartServo, Adept Cobra and AdeptSix are trademarks of Adept Technology. All other trademarks are owned by their respective companies. \r\n
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\r\nContact: \r\n
\r\n Adept Technology, Inc.\r\n
\r\n Press and Industry Analysts:\r\n
\r\n Val Cureton, 408/434-5021\r\n
\r\n 408/545-5794 (fax)\r\n
\r\n val.cureton@adept.com\r\n
\r\n Financial Analysts:\r\n
\r\n Maili Bergman, 408/434-5158\r\n
\r\n 408/434-5002 (fax)\r\n
\r\n investor.relations@adept.com\r\n
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