Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Machine Tending Automation to Boost Quality and Profitability


OnRobot's Virtual Event for Manufacturing Features FPE Automation's Justin Takaka, Presenter

Machine tending is one of the fastest-growing areas in which collaborative robots are contributing to global success. Our very own Justin Tanaka will be speaking at the OnRobot virtual global event for manufacturing. He will talk about machine tending and the ways it can improve quality, save you money, address labor issues and so much more. Don't miss Justin, together with Tomenson Machine Works' Alex Roake, as they share a real life success story that is as relevant as it gets in today's business landscape. 


Friday, October 16, 2020

Experience MIG and TIG cobot welding and 3D bin picking live at JWCC in Quincy, IL on November 17.

Collaborative Robotics Automation Conference

Special one-day event at John Wood Community College in Quincy, Illinois. Breakfast provided.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 from 8:00-11:00 am

Automation Within Reach

Discover how to leverage collaborative robots (cobots) to maximize ROI. During this hands-on conference, we will help you find the right process strategy for your enterprise’s automation so that you can become more efficient. Increase productivity, solve labor challenges, reduce margin of error and make your place of business safer, all by implementing cobots.


  • save you money
  • retain workers
  • improve quality
  • increase productivity

Businesses of all sizes are discovering the significant benefits of automation.

Join our expert team for an interactive conversation about collaborative robots and how they can benefit you. Seize the opportunity to see the technology in action with live demos.

PDF Download the Event Flyer

Bring your own part.

MIG/TIG welders: you are invited to bring a part with you. Although our packed agenda doesn’t allow us to test individual items on-site at JWCC, the engineers at Melton Machine or Computech will bring your item back to their state-of-the-art facility with them. After the presentation, they will connect with you to show you a live, proof-of-concept demo of your part being welded by a collaborative robot.

Who should attend?

If MIG or TIG welding is a part of your internal processes and you'd like to know more about where your industry is headed, this special event is an excellent fit for you. We will also have Universal Robots' ActiNav Automated Bin Picking system on display, so members of your team who deal with pick & place operations may also benefit from accompanying you to John Wood Community College on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 from 8:00-11:00 am.

Map/Directions to the John Wood Community College Workforce Development Center


Friday, October 9, 2020

FPE Automation has a new accreditation to show that we are committed to safety.

FPE Automation Has Completed the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) "Back to Business" Certification

To assist Illinois businesses to safely reopen in the wake of COVID-19, the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) offers a voluntary "Back to Business" self-certification for business that meet a certain criteria. This self-certification is designed to educate businesses on best practices around getting their operations running safely in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. FPE Automation has completed the certification process and will remain committed to the safety of employees, visitors, and the surrounding community.

What does certification mean for FPE Automation? 

It means FPE Automation is operationally compliant and committed to operating safely and responsibly. The certification covers these key areas of operation:

Basic infection prevention

Physical space modification

Infectious disease planning

Employee monitoring

Workplace flexibility

Completion of the certification program shows that FPE Automation is making every effort to maintain a safe work environment.

Monday, October 5, 2020

New tri-axis turn-key solutions for transfer presses are simpler, stronger, and more economical.

Introducing PHD Tri-Axis Modular Press Tooling Components

If you have a transfer press, we have good news for you. Recent developments are going to make your life much easier. PHD Tri-Axis Modular Press Tooling Components are a pre-engineered, complete turn-key solution. Simpler, stronger, and more economical than heavy, cumbersome dedicated rail or plate mount systems. Take a look.

More info:

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Friday, September 25, 2020

You can get a 100% tax credit for automation equipment put in place before the end of the year.

Year-end Tax Incentives: Automation can be a game-changer for your business.

Per Section 179 of the Internal Revenue Code, U.S. businesses are allowed to take a 100% tax deduction for qualified equipment and off-the-shelf software that is put into service by December 31. For a lot of companies, Q4 is typically a time to do an internal audit to make sure all available incentives are leveraged. Incentives like these have already resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in tax credits for American manufacturers.

Whether it is collaborative or industrial robots, vision systems, safety equipment, temperature screening or other COVID-related precautions, or other equipment, FPE Automation can help you put the latest innovations in place that you need to operate more efficiently. But hurry, even with efficient manufacturing and short lead times, there isn’t much time left in the year. 

Year-end Tax Credits: 100% Deduction for Automation Equipment 

You may have heard that it is less than that. That may be because, prior to the enactment of TCJA, businesses could deduct only 50% of the value of the equipment in year one. The good news? Now businesses can take advantage of the 100% bonus depreciation on qualified property through 2022.

Businesses making capital purchases can take advantage of this opportunity to cut their tax liability in year one, and reinvest the savings into the business at a faster rate. FPE Automation can help you with the automation equipment. Contact us for details. Your qualified tax professional can help you with the rest, or we can put you in contact with one of our trusted partners to help you get started. Watch the related video here.

PDF  Download FPE's Year-end Tax Incentives Whitepaper

Friday, September 18, 2020

FPE is the winner of the 2020 Robotiq Expert Partner award.

Robotiq, a global manufacturer of plug and play components and end-of-arm tooling for collaborative robots, and a UR+ partner has named FPE Automation as an expert partner for 2020. 

Jomy Vadakumpadam, Automation Controls Division Manager, accepted the award on behalf of FPE Automation. “Robotiq has proven to be an equally excellent partner with FPE Automation this year" he said. "We were able to overcome several of the hurdles are all facing in today’s business climate thanks to their sales & engineering support.”


"This award is a true accomplishment on a few different levels." added Sandia Harrison, Director of Marketing. "FPE Automation's talented automation controls team has done truly cutting-edge work in the field of collaborative robotics this year. Coming from an end-of-arm-tooling industry leader like Robotiq, it is an honor to receive this. Even more so in a year where the business and economic climate is so uncertain. Companies everywhere are turning to cobots to compensate for labor shortages, and to keep employees and their working environment safe. This shows the positive impact that can have. At FPE Automation, we are confident that our partnership with Robotiq will only continue to grow. We're so grateful to accept this expert partner award."

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Introducing the new AutoGuide Mobile ASRS: what used to be automatic and heavy is now autonomous and light.

AutoGuide Launches Mobile ASRS and MAX-N High Bay

AutoGuide has announced a cost-effective, more flexible option for storage and retrieval. AutoGuide’s autonomous storage and retrieval system, Mobile ASRS, with the MAX-N High Bay forklift, provides the benefit of automation without changes to existing racking systems, pallets, or software systems. Delivering the functionality of traditional ASRS at a fraction of the cost.