TORRANCE, CA--Seiko Instruments USA has sold its Factory Automation Div. to Seiko Epson Corp. and its affiliate, Epson America Inc. (Long Beach, CA).

"This acquisition integrates Epson's robot operations under the Epson brand name," says Kenji Sakai, general manager of factory automation systems at Seiko Epson. "It will make sales and development more efficient, unify our products on a global scale, and give us access to software development resources cultivated over the years by Seiko Instruments."