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Flexible Automation - Going Where Human Eyes and Fingers Cannot Go --
Charlie Duncheon, Adept Technology, Inc

October 8, 2003
  • Seated dinner served at 6:30 ($25 if reserved before October 4; $30 after & at door; vegetarian available)
  • Presentation (no cost) at 7:30.

    Ramada Inn

  • 1217 Wildwood Ave (Fwy 101 frontage road, between Lawrence Expressway and Great America Parkway), Sunnyvale, (800) 888-3899 -- see map.


  • For dinner and/or meeting: by email to Allen Earman
  • Please reserve for "presentation-only", even if not attending the dinner.

    This presentation will focus on new fields in automation where justification is not based on labor savings but rather production yields and quality. Specific applications in semiconductor processing, both in the front end and the back end, will be presented. Sub-micron assembly applications will also be presented in the fiber optic components market. Other automation tools like 3D simulation and vision guided flexible feeding will be presented. Lastly, automation economics will be discussed as it relates to justification in low cost labor markets like China.

    Speaker Biography
    Charles S. (Charlie) Duncheon is Executive Vice President for Adept Technology Inc. Besides being responsible for global sales, marketing and customer service at Adept he is responsible for the precision assembly and semiconductor solutions division of Adept Technology, Inc. His past positions at Adept include senior vice president of worldwide sales, marketing and customer service, as well as business development.

    During his tenure, Duncheon has been instrumental in leading the company to become a market share leader in the small parts handling, assembly, and robot motion controller markets. He drove sales and marketing expansion into international markets and developed key relationships with OEMs, integrators, and other channel partners. He became CEO of Fastfactory In 2000 but returned to Adept when Fastfactory was Integrated Into Adept in 2001. Prior to Adept, Duncheon served as vice president of sales and marketing for FARED Robot systems, a systems integrator. He also held several engineering and manufacturing positions at Monsanto Company.

    Duncheon is a member of the board of directors of the Robotic Industries Association (RIA) having served as president from 1997 to 1999. In addition, he has served on the Academic Advisory Board for Purdue University School of Engineering Technology and the Advisory Board of the Arlington Robotics Research Institute of the University of Texas. He also currently serves on the Automation Technologies Council's board of directors as past chairman. In May of 2000 Duncheon was awarded the Robotics Industries Association's Leadership Award.

    Duncheon holds a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University and a master of science degree in business administration from Southern Illinois University. He is a registered professional engineer.

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