Wednesday, June 9, 2021

FPE Automation Announces the Promotion of Joey Bardos to President

FPE Automation announced that Joey Bardos has been appointed President of the company. 

Joey Bardos will succeed David Bardos, who will continue his role as CEO. 

Left to right: Joey Bardos, Lori Wolff, David Bardos

FPE Automation was founded in 1963 by Richard Bardos, David's father and Joey's grandfather, along with Jim Murphy. The two were an ideal team; Richard was an intellectual and a brilliant strategist, and Jim was a magnetic, charming and dynamic individual, gifted in sales.

"The business philosophy back then is still the same as it is today," David told employees when announcing Joey's promotion, "The most important assets our company has are the employees, customers and suppliers. [Richard Bardos and Jim Murphy] fully understood that success comes from the sum of all the parts of the organization." 

As we entered the 1980s, David, along with his sister (Richard's daughter) Lori Wolff, joined the company full-time. Lori’s accounting background as a CPA and David's experience in sales was again the perfect combination for the next generation taking the helm of the business. "I couldn’t have asked for a better business partner," said David Bardos. "Lori is a major part of our success. Both of us spent years watching and learning from our father and adopting his philosophy of business, ethics, and quite simply, doing the right thing for all parties involved."

Like all companies associated with American manufacturing, the company has survived through challenging times. Fast forward to today, and FPE Automation is positioned very well in their market space. They have always represented the best product lines and have been fortunate to have an exceptional team of people. Under David's leadership, the company weathered some of those industry challenges by being a provider of solutions, not just off-the-shelf products. David put it this way; "We do whatever it takes to, not only take care of our valued customers but to also assist them in being more profitable and more competitive in the markets they serve."

David concluded with these words: "It has been the honor of my lifetime serving as President of this company. Like my father did before me, it is time to pass the baton to the next generation. It is my pleasure to announce the promotion of Joey Bardos to President of FPE Automation.  Like myself,  Joey has learned from the best; he understands our core principles and is primed and ready for the task ahead of him.  Joey will build on the great team we already have in place and continue the legacy. I will serve as Chief Executive Officer and continue to assist in any way I can."

Joey will be transitioning into his new role right away. He is grateful for all of the congratulations and best wishes he is receiving in response to the announcement, and added: "I am looking forward to building off our strong foundation and taking FPE to the next level with the strong team we have."

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Grab the Opportunity to Learn About Robotic Automation One-on-one at this New Event


Robotic Systems Solutions Event with Epson 6-Axis and SCARA Robots

A special, one-day event on Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Attend this special event to see Epson SCARA and 6-axis robots in action and learn how they can work for you. 




Robots usually don’t work alone. That’s why many regular demos are less than useful. This event is different. You’ll see the robots performing important, real-life functions that you can put to work for you. We’ll answer your questions about automation in general, and how Epson’s world-class robots can solve issues and help you operate better.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

At FPE Automation’s state-of-the-art Technology and Training Center

 FPE Automation, Inc.
Authorized Training Center
80 Gordon St.
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

Pick a time slot that’s reserved just for you, and learn how automation can benefit your company.

We’re keeping the crowds to a minimum, both for social-distancing reasons, and also so that you’ll have the opportunity to get your questions answered by the team of experts who will be attending this special event.

Whether it’s the three p’s (picking, packaging, palletizing), parts/machine loading, assembly, or something else - every day Epson robots are transforming process flows in impactful ways. This event presents an opportunity to explore how automation can be a game-changer for you.

Let’s get real.

You’ve seen Epson robots work. They are impressive, to be sure. But how can they work for you? We’ve carefully structured this event to answer your questions about integrating robots into your environment. Specifically, how you can leverage them to make your operations safer, faster and more accurate.



Monday, May 24, 2021

Laser Mark, Read with Machine Vision, and Track Your Items with Unparalleled Accuracy

FPE Automation Handshake Solutions: Creating Successes

Mark and read your items, and log the results to a database. Use the information you collect for traceability and accuracy in your manufacturing process. Get unprecedented results, without expensive middleware and implementation costs.

In the example you see in this short clip, FPE Automation's Handshake Solutions team utilizes the latest technology in machine vision/barcode reading, PLC, laser marking and more. Here, we are serializing a number on each individual part with a Panasonic laser marker. The mark is then confirmed by a Cognex DataMan barcode reader. Once the code has been verified, we log the date/time and additional test data to a SQL database. 

Think of the possibilities. What could you do with technology like this? Reach out to FPE Automation to find out how customers are transforming their operations in ways they never imagined they could. 

#iiot #machinevision #partmarking #lasermarking #plc # #automation #manufacturing #innovation #ai #fpeautomation #iot

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

New Course Offering: Learn Cognex Spreadsheet Standard at FPE Automation

Connecting and Using Spreadsheet Standard for Cognex Vision Applications


FPE Automation's new In-Sight® Spreadsheet Standard product class gives new In-Sight® users an overview of the hardware and software used by Cognex Vision Systems. With the focus on getting the most from the In-Sight® Explorer spreadsheets interface, users learn how to walk through the process of setting up a vision application using spreadsheet programming best practices. 

One-day event offers hands-on training. 

We will connect an In-Sight® camera to the network, capture an image, navigate through the spreadsheet, create some basic mathematical formulas involving if/and functions, implement fixturing in an In-Sight® job, use the core vision tools, including pattern recognition, histogram, blob, and edge tools, go over the methods of calibration and their purpose, describe different forms of communication: discrete I/O and network communications, explain the fundamentals of lighting and optics and then create a custom view in a job.

Who should attend? 

Anyone who is responsible for machine vision will gain valuable information from their time spent with us. 

More information/class dates/to register:


Tuesday, May 18, 2021

FPE Automation's Scott Jokerst is PHD Inc. Top Performer for May 2021

Congratulations to our very own Scott Jokerst, who received his first PHD, Inc. Top Performer award this month for a unique solution at a plastic bottle manufacturing facility!

PHD's own Scott Peters (on the right) happened to be there today to shake his hand in person. Well done, Scott!

Innovative custom solutions from PHD have proven to be game-changers in terms of reliability. Innovations like these don't win awards unless they enhance the capabilities and competitiveness of facilities like yours. FPE Automation would like to work with you to do exactly that. Reach out to us for PHD unique solutions. Together, we're empowering automation.

PHD Inc. products are available at FPE Automation.

#automation #manufacturing #phdinc #plastics #engineering #fpeautomation #innovation #bottlemanufacturing #plasticbottles

PHD Inc. products are available at FPE Automation.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Article: Dust Collector Pilot Program Points to 16 GWh of Energy Savings with MAC Valves

Compressed Air Best Practices Magazine publishes a story about an Imerys S.A. calcine plant in Sandersville, Georgia. The company saved big on energy costs after switching to MAC pulse valves. 

Full article:

The story, entitled "Dust Collector Pilot Program Points to 16 GWh of Energy Savings at Imerys Minerals Processing Facilities" is a case study published by Mike Grennier at Compressed Air Best Practices Magazine.

It is a must-read for anyone who is required to have a dust collection system on-site. Groundbreaking technology is completely changing the dust collection process for the better at countless facilities around the country and around the world. Not only is the new technology more effective. It also lasts longer, operates more reliably, and saves energy and costs. 

Photo: Installing test MAC Valves at Imersys. Courtesy of Compressed Air Best Practices Magazine.

Monday, May 3, 2021

Epson Invites You to Attend Automate Boldly: A Virtual Expo


You're invited to an exclusive
Epson Robots Virtual Expo

Only the #1 SCARA robot manufacturer in the world with over 40 years' experience could bring you an event like this— Automate Boldly, a FREE Virtual Expo from Epson Robots. Get empowered to grow stronger with automation and not just meet your goals but exceed them.

Watch never‑seen before product demonstrations, take part in informative technology sessions and hear exciting keynote presentations from the Epson Executive Team. Guest speaker Dr. Alan Beaulieu, President of ITR Economics, will also provide economic insights on how to move your business forward with confidence.

Guest speaker Dr. Alan Beaulieu's Photo

Guest speaker Dr. Alan Beaulieu,
President of ITR Economics

New to automation? Watch a robot demo and see how easy it is to program and use a robot.

You'll also visit virtual booths showcasing Epson's latest robot innovations in SCARA, 6‑Axis, and solutions, as well as other manufacturing offerings such as smart glasses, industrial label printers and more. Have an automation question or project in mind? You will have all day access to our Applications Engineering Team.

Make certain you don't miss this exciting, informative and essential event. We encourage you to learn more and RSVP promptly at

We look forward to seeing you May 25th.

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