Technology >> CEO Interviews >> September 12, 2001

Brian Carlisle – Adept Technology Inc (adtk)

BRIAN R. CARLISLE is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Adept Technology, Inc. He is also currently serving on the Board of Directors of the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, and on the Technology, Manufacturing and Infrastructure Committee of the American Electronics Association, and the Board of Directors of the National Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing. He is the past President of the U.S. Robotic Industries Association and the former co-Chairman of the Automation Forum of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association. He served as the General Chairman of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation held in San Francisco in April 2000, with over 1,000 attendees. In 2002, he was elected by the IEEE Board of Directors as an IEEE Fellow for contributions in industrial robotics. Adept Technology manufactures and sells industrial robots, vision systems and simulation and control software. The company has offices in the US, Europe and Asia. Adept products are used in automated assembly, packaging, and material applications for the electronics, automotive, medical products and food industries. Adept was incorporated in June 1983 when it purchased the West Coast Division of Animation Inc. from Westinghouse Electric Corporation. Mr. Carlisle was General Manager of the Division. Adept was co-founded by Mr. Carlisle and Dr. Bruce Shimano, formerly Unimation's Director of Software Development. As General Manager of the West Coast Division of Unimation from 1977 to 1983, Mr. Carlisle was responsible for new product strategy and development for Unimation's electric manipulators, their control systems, sensing systems, and advanced applications. This group developed the VAL and VAL-II robot control languages (written by Dr. Bruce Shimano), the Puma 550, 560, and 260 model robots, and performed research in force sensing, mobile robots and vision. Mr. Carlisle began working with robots when he graduated from Stanford and joined Vicarm Inc. in 1975. Vicarm was a small firm started by Victor Scheinman to manufacture laboratory manipulators for various research groups around the world. Mr. Carlisle holds BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. He also holds several patents, including a patent for the AdeptOne, the world's first direct-drive robot. Profile
TWST: Could we start off with a brief overview of the company and its


Mr. Carlisle: Adept is a company that specializes in precision assembly

and material-handling automation. Some