Thursday, May 18, 2017

How to Use Collaborative Robots

Collaborative robots are more user-friendly than you might think!

If you always thought robotic automation was beyond your reach, it may be time to look again. 

Universal Robots...

  • Fit into any size production environment
  • Work safely side by side with people
  • Give you a competitive edge, along with a surprisingly low cost of ownership
  • Are easy and intuitive to program, and the FPE Automation team of experts is here to help
  • Are portable, lightweight and compact in their design

Simple, flexible and affordable, for a wide variety of applications.

Here's where collaborative robots are already being used.

  • Pick & place
  • Molding
  • Machine tending
  • Dispensing
  • CNC
  • Assembly
  • Quality inspection
  • Case packaging and palletizing
  • Fastener insertion
  • And more!

Here's how FPE Automation can make it easy.

When you're ready to automate, selecting the right partner, with full service support, is crucial. We have a  friendly team of some of the industry's top experts to assist you. We offer:

  • Application evaluation
  • Proof of concept valiation
  • Light integration
  • Pre-configured robotic hardware solutions
  • Custom end-of-arm tooling solutions
  • Support
  • Training

It could be the best conversation you've ever had about improving your  manufacturing processes.

You've probably already heard. Collaborative robots are making that much of an impact. Let's talk! We will bring our demo robot to you for a fascinating look at the future of manufacturing.


How to Measure Light the Right Way for Vision Systems

Smart Vision Lights' head of engineering, Matt Pinter, discusses luminance, inverse square relationships as they relate to different light configurations, and some of the more technical factors you need to consider when choosing an LED light for a machine vision system.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Bimba Announces Blue and Improved Flat-1 Launch

Announcing the release of Bimba's new "Blue and Improved" Flat-1®. Years of research and development was put into how to best improve their core product in the compact cylinder space. 

Bimba will begin shipping shelving models of the new design this week. The Blue and Improved Flat-1® features 19 new product enhancements, such as permanent grease lubrication, an improved bumper design and hard chrome-plated piston rods with an option for stainless steel.

View the catalog.

View the official press release,
issued May 9, 2017 by Bimba

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

the world’s most flexible vision system: introduced

A one-day hands-on seminar you won’t want to miss.

Cognex in-sight Gen2/Profiler event

attendees will receive An in-sight gII lab kit ($13,215 Value)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

FPE Automation Training Center
110 Gordon Street
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

$4500 registration fee includes training, one Cognex lab kit per company, and lunch. Up to three people from your company can attend at no extra charge.



Tuesday, April 18, 2017

PHD Releases Optimax Series ORQ Compact Rotary Tables

In a continuing effort to expand the Optimax® product line, PHD is pleased to release the new drop-in replacement compact rotary table.

Series ORQ Compact Rotary Table is a double rack and pinion system with increased output torque that eliminates backlash at the end of rotation. 

•   Available in 6 sizes
•   Standard adjustment screws with integral shock pads
•  Standard thru mounting holes in body are threaded to provide versatility and ease of mounting (direct replacement for SMC Series MSQ)
•  Double rack and pinion drive system increases output torque and eliminates backlash at end of rotation
•  Hollow pinion allows pass thru from back of unit to output hub
• Drop-in replacement for other manufacturers

Download/view the PHD Optimax Series ORQ Compact Rotary Table brochure.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Piab Cups on 60 Minutes

PiGRIP is in the news! 

Here are a couple of images from a segment on 60 Minutes that originally aired on Sunday, April 9, 2017. It featured Chobani yogurt at various stages during the manufacturing process. In a couple of scenes, Piab cups were very prominently featured. 

FPE Automation is one of Piab's premier distributors. It's an award-winning partnership that has lasted for decades.  We're very proud of their success.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

FPE Automation MAC Valves Commonly Ordered Products Catalog

Introducing the all-new MAC Valves Commonly Ordered Products Catalog

I (Sandia) worked with a team of experts* here at FPE Automation to develop a brand new, updated catalog. We've made it even easier to spec and order MAC Valves and several other related products. Check it out!

Download/view the FPE Automation MAC Valves Commonly Ordered Products Catalog. 

*Sometimes, It takes a team effort! This 45+ page catalog has been a work in progress for some time now and we're thrilled to launch this latest edition. I'd like to thank Scott Massie, Joey Bardos and Ed Nowak, along with very helpful assists from Dave Bardos, Dan McCullough and Darryl Onak.