Adept Technology selected to provide robots and vision guidance for automated fuel-cell-assembly system

APRIL 19--Adept Technology Inc. (Livermore, CA; www.adept.com) has announced that Lights Out Factory Automation (Los Angeles, CA) has standardized on Adept robots, vision systems, and motion controls for fully automating a fuel-cell-assembly system.

Apr 19th, 2004

APRIL 19--Adept Technology Inc. (Livermore, CA;www.adept.com) has announced that Lights Out Factory Automation (Los Angeles, CA) has standardized on Adept robots, vision systems, and motion controls for fully automating a fuel-cell-assembly system developed for Asia Pacific Fuel Cell Technologies Inc. Lights Out Factory Automation has selected the AdeptSix 6-axis robot, AdeptVision sAVI Guidance option, Adept SmartModules, and Adept Servo kits for Asia Pacific's system. The system will be controlled by a single Adept SmartController, which tightly synchronizes the multiple robots, vision feedback and digital I/O using the Adept V+ real-time multitasking operating system to maximize manufacturing yields and product quality.

The assembly system for Asia Pacific Fuel Cell will use the AdeptSix 600 robot to transfer parts between incoming feeders and assembly and test stations. The Adept SmartModules position the dispensing heads while Adept Servo kits precisely control bead application. The AdeptVision sAVI Guidance machine-vision option is essential to the success of the multilayer assembly process by inspecting and precisely orienting each of the components prior to the bonding process, ensuring error-free sealing. The automated system includes automatic calibration of the dispensing needle used to verify tip location during the assembly process or after needle change out.

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