Monday, October 14, 2019

MAC New Generation High Flow Individual Solenoid Valve for 26 Line Blocks

Designed for Glass Applications

Over 15,000 installations worldwide.

This updated solution from MAC Valves has, at its heart, a MAC Bonded Spool as well as a work-horse 35 Series type balanced pilot. It is designed for rugged environments, and available at FPE Automation.


Wednesday, October 9, 2019

PHD Inc. Releases New Hot Stamping Brochure for Industrial Automation

Tooling for Hot Forming Applications

A new resource from PHDHot Forming Solutions Brochure now available.

Hot forming or hot stamping is the process of heating steel to approximately 950°C. It is then formed in water-cooled dies for a certain time. The end result, the item produced is two to three times the strength of conventionally stamped part. 

Automotive parts that utilize this process may include A and B pillars, frame tunnels, side-impact supports, roof rails, and panel rockers. 

PHD has about ten years of hot stamping process experience. That is roughly as long as the technology has been around. PHD was involved in designing and implementing solutions for hot stamped pressings while the technology was being developed, and has been doing so ever since. Their expertise enables them to fully understand the challenging requirements of this forming process.

PDF  Download/view the PHD Hot Forming Solutions Brochure

Friday, October 4, 2019

Universal Robots and FPE Partner Fusion OEM Featured on Fox Business

Fox Business aired this live segment featuring FPE partner Fusion OEM's Craig Zoberis. 

Now hiring robots as your 'buddy' on the production floor:

Fusion OEM integrates Universal Robots into innovative CNC machine tending solutions. The news story shows how collaborative robots are solving labor challenges in manufacturing, where there are currently job shortages. By performing dull, dirty and dangerous tasks (sometimes referred to as the three "D"s), robots make jobs easier and safer for the people who work alongside them. That technology allows American manufacturers to attract workers where they could not previously. It also helps business to keep jobs in the region by doing less with more and by keeping workers safer. FPE Automation works closely with both Universal Robots and Fusion OEM to help make all of this happen.

High School Students Explore Robotics as a Career Path with FPE Automation's Help

Area high school students visit with business officials and learn about future career and education opportunities, with the help of FPE Automation and the Great River Economic Development Foundation

Kurt Vaeth of FPE Automation, left, helps Josey Rarick and Monroe Fox use a robotic arm controlled by a tablet during the third annual Tri-State MakerFest on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Oakley-Lindsay Center. Area high school students visited with business officials and learned about future career and education opportunities.


FPE Automation, Inc.'s Kurt Vaeth received some well-deserved press today in the local news publication the Herald-Whig in the Quincy, Illinois area for his involvement with high school students. 

For more than 50 years, FPE, a third-generation family-owned business, has lived and worked in the community we serve. Our territory is also our home. To say that we are committed to the future of Midwest manufacturing and jobs is an understatement. Today, we're proud of everyone who was involved in MakerFest! Great job, Kurt!

Thursday, September 19, 2019

IMEC and FPE Automation Talk Collaborative Robots at John Woods Community College

Are you in the Quincy, Illinois area? 

If so, you are invited to join FPE Automation's Kurt Vaeth, together with IMEC Illinois at John Wood Community College on Tuesday, September 24 from 9:00 am - 2:30 pm for a deep dive into taking your manufacturing to the next level. 

ABC’s of a Thriving Workforce: Adapt New Technologies, Build Strong Leaders and Concentrate on Employee Growth

Kurt will be presenting two of today's hottest topics in industry: 

Automation as a Workforce Multiplier
Collaborative Robotics to Replace the Dull, Dirty and Dangerous Tasks

Don't miss it! 

For more than a half a century, FPE Automation has lived and worked in the community it serves. We are committed to fostering local growth, and to the strength and skills of the American manufacturing worker. It's the reason we work with important organizations like IMEC and appear regularly in the Midwest's finest educational institutions. 



Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Cognex VisionPro ViDi is the First Deep Learning-based Image Analysis Software Designed Specifically for Factory Automation.

Cognex VisionPro ViDi is the First Deep Learning-based Image Analysis Software Designed Specifically for Factory Automation

This video from Cognex explains how deep learning technology gives manufacturing equipment the ability to recognize images and perceive environments in new ways.


Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Introducing the UR16e - the Latest Universal Robot Collaborative Robot With the Largest Payload to Date

Universal Robots introduced the new UR16e today!

The latest collaborative robot has a 16kg payload, UR's biggest ever.

"The utility of this collaborative industrial robot is unmatchable. The UR16e is built for heavy duty tasks like machine tending, material handling, packaging, material removal, and screw and nut driving applications.  It handles an exceptional 16 kg of payload that is especially useful for carrying heavy end of arm tooling and can lift multiple parts in a single pick, making tasks much more efficient by achieving shorter cycle times."

- Universal Robots
The UR16e has a 16kg payload at its full reach of 900mm, with ±0.05mm repeatability. It is ideal for heavier duty material handling or machine tending. 

Like all Universal Robots collaborative robots, the UR16e features easy, fast deployment and can handle dull or dirty or dangerous tasks that are not suitable or not safe for humans. 


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