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August 12, 2011

Adept Technology Signs as the Exclusive Provider of Mobile Robots for Swisslog Healthcare Solutions

Adept Technology, a provider of intelligent robots and autonomous mobile solutions and services, announced its agreement with Swisslog Healthcare Solutions (HCS), a provider of logistics automation solutions for healthcare facilities.

Under the terms of the agreement, Adept Technology will become the exclusive provider of autonomous mobile robots for use in hospitals, labs, and clinics to transport specimens, lab samples, and pharmaceuticals.

The deal is significant as clinicians and other trained professionals are seeking means of reducing monotonous duties such as ferrying items from one location to another within a clinic, hospital or lab. It enables staffers to spend their time accessioning specimens, performing tests, and on other activities specific to delivering high levels of patient care.

Currently Swisslog ships RoboCourier and SpeciMinder, two variants of autonomous mobile robots, which are standardized on the Adept MT400 platform. 

“Adept is pleased to be partnering with Swisslog, a recognized leader in integrated logistics solutions, to bring on-demand delivery systems to healthcare,” said John Dulchinos, president and CEO of Adept Technology, in a statement.

“Whether it has been tube systems or automated material transport systems (AMTS), Swisslog has been delivering innovative methods in which materials flow efficiently and safely through healthcare facilities for decades,” Dulchinos added.

Demand for nursing in North America is expected to grow by 23 percent per year according to the bureau of labor statistics. Automated transport systems help improve the efficiency associated with hospital and clinical care by increasing safety through secure and traceable transport, reducing medical error, and through providing faster interdepartmental response.

“When I think about this partnership, the ‘best of both worlds’ comes to mind,” said Charlie Kegley, president of Swisslog Healthcare Solutions North America. “Adept has a tremendous resume as it relates to robotics technology.”

Recently, Adept Technology announced that it received over $600,000 in bookings in orders for Adept’s Python linear modules robots from Golden Spring Internet of Things.

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Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for HealthTechZone. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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