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Adept Technology Receives Excellence in Manufacturing Award for Robotics

by Val Cureton
Adept Technology, Inc.

San Jose, California - December 12, 2000 - Adept Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADTK), a leading manufacturer of flexible automation for the telecommunications, fiber optic and semiconductor industries, today announced it has received the Excellence in Manufacturing Award for Robotics from Machine Design magazine. This award honors manufacturers who provide components for the Original Equipment Market (OEM). Awards are based on a series of surveys in which Machine Design subscribers nominated vendors that represent excellence in the marketplace.

"We are extremely excited to have received this award," said Joe Campbell, vice president of marketing for Adept Technology. "We view this award as confirmation from Machine Design's readership that they value our high performance robot systems."

Machine Design subscribers nominated outstanding vendors who they felt provided an innovative, highly productive, reliable, and cost-efficient product. Some of the categories include: adjustable-speed drives, ball screws, bearings, clutches/brakes, controllers, cylinders, electrical connectors/terminal blocks, fasteners, gears, machine-tool accessory components, CAD software, CAM software, fractional-horsepower motors, integral-horsepower motors, pumps, robotics, sensors, servo systems, slides/ways, switches and valves. 5000 randomly selected subscribers to Machine Design were asked to nominate vendors by responding to Machine Design's mail-in survey. The magazine also conducted an e-mail survey for the awards

Machine Design provides a complete information source for design engineers. The magazine is edited by engineers for engineers. More information about this publication is available at Machine Design's website www.machinedesign.com

Adept 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.


The Adept logo is a registered trademark of Adept Technology, Inc. Adept is a trademark of Adept Technology.  All other trademarks are owned by their respective companies.

Press and Industry Analysts:   
Val Cureton    
Marketing Communications Manager       
408.434.5021 (voice)   
408.545.5794 (fax)     

Financial Analysts:
Maili Bergman
Director of Investor Relations
408.434.5158 (voice)
408.434.5002 (fax)

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