PLEASANTON, Calif., Jan. 5, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Adept Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq:ADEP), a leading provider of intelligent vision-guided robotics and autonomous mobile solutions, today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire privately held InMoTx, a provider of industry leading technology for the global food processing market. With operations based in Denmark, InMoTx enhances Adept's position in the fast-growing food packaging industry through a broad portfolio of intellectual property dedicated to inspecting, sorting, grading, and hygienically packaging unwrapped, natural products improving food safety by eliminating the risk of contamination introduced by manual handling. "With this acquisition Adept continues to execute on its mission to deliver exceptional value to clients requiring superior levels of flexibility, cleanliness and robustness from primary packaging automation," said John Dulchinos, president and CEO of Adept Technology, Inc. "As was the case with Adept's acquisition of MobileRobots, this transaction furthers Adept's strategy to more efficiently transport goods, particularly those in regulated industries, throughout a facility by strengthening the company's ability to automate the handling of products safely and reliably while offering traceability." At its inception in 2006, InMoTx strategically targeted the food processing markets where flexible automation has historically been absent in the handling of organic products due to the challenges associated with acquiring natural products. The food manufacturing industry (NAICS 311) was estimated to have shipped over $538 billion in product and employed 1.5 million people in 2006 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Bureau expects that employment will not increase in the industry but output will continue its growth at a rate of approximately 27 percent between 2006 and 2016. The products and services deployed by InMoTx offer critical tools in obtaining the levels of efficiency, flexibility, and safety required by producers, consumers, and government agencies. "Becoming a part of Adept's exacting pursuit of the high-speed packaging market and leveraging their resources and international support infrastructure along with tighter integration of our engineering teams, will accelerate the adoption of InMoTx' technology and deep portfolio of products dedicated to the handling of natural products," said Preben Hjornet, founder and chief technology officer, InMoTx. "In evaluating numerous vehicles to accelerate the expansion of our business, it was immediately apparent that Adept and InMoTx exhibit synergies across the businesses and cultures of strong customer focus."