Pleasanton, Calif.-based Adept Technology Inc., working in conjunction with partner JMP Engineering at its Pack Expo booth Sept. 23-25 in Las Vegas, used the show to introduce its SoftPIC gripper/grasper with dexterity and control.

Adept, a Pleasanton, Calif.-based provider of smart robots and autonomous mobile services, aims to help the produce industry comply with new government safety and sanitation rules, cut operating costs and eliminate waste.

“Food processors are looking to robotic automation with integrated vision and conveyor control to provide the speed and efficiency of hard automation but with flexibility for quick changeover between products,” said Glenn Hewson, senior vice president of marketing. “SoftPIC grippers are designed specifically for primary packaging of raw protein and fruits and vegetables, and when combined with Adept’s vision guidance and conveyor-tracking, enable a variety of products to be packaged on the same line.

Adept Technology launches SoftPIC gripper/grasper“Robotic automation can also help processors dramatically lower distribution labor costs by packing mixed-product cases for specific store orders on the secondary packaging line and eliminating repacking at distribution warehouses.”

Adept is also known for its Quattro s650HS, which is billed as the world’s only robot approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture; and PackXpert, robotic packaging applications development software.