Monday, March 12, 2018

FPE Automation Process Improvement Seminar in Champaign, IL

Press Release
Elk Grove Village, Illinois
March 12, 2018

FPE Automation Brings Cutting Edge Industrial Robots and Vision Systems for Manufacturing to Champaign

FPE Automation, Inc.,  an Elk Grove Village, Illinois-based distributor of leading edge automation, established in 1963.

On Tuesday, May 22, 2018, they will bring their own expertise, along with three top-tier, global manufacturers of robotics and machine vision products to Champaign, Illinois.

CognexMiR and Universal Robots join Automation  at the I Hotel and Conference Center. The workshop, entitled “Process Improvement Seminar”, is tailored to local businesses with manufacturing facilities. Students currently accepted into area University-level engineering schools are also welcome to attend.

Each presenter will appear for a portion of the day. They will work with attendees to improve their manufacturing processes by adopting the newest technology from Cognex, MiR and Universal Robots, and the latest from PHD Inc., Robotiq and OnRobot. Collaborative robots (cobots), and vision systems are transforming the way we produce products in the USA in unprecedented ways. This transformation has a huge impact on our country’s future and their competitiveness on a global scale.

The presenters are prepared to discuss real-life applications and actual examples brought to the event by the attendees. They will interact with the audience and tailor their presentation to their specific challenges and needs. The goal is to streamline their operations in ways that will bring them a return on investment, and in many cases can even make their working environment safer and their product better.

Attendance is free of charge to manufacturers in the region. Lunch is included. The material being covered is not suitable for the general public – engineering students and those actively working in the manufacturing sector only, please.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

FPE Automation's Tom Krien Wins Piab Kalyteros Award for 2017

Congratulations to FPE Automation's Tom Krien

Piab Kalyteros Award Winner
Midwest Region 

We had to ask... the folks at Piab explained that Kalyteros is Greek for "better". 

Those who know Tom Krien recognize that he does indeed strive every day to architect better solutions for his customers. Tom's attention to detail, combined with a wide range of industry experience, make him one of the best in the business. The Kalyteros award is a great fit for Tom, who isn't the type to settle for "good enough". We'd like to thank Piab for the honor!

On February 1, it was also announced that FPE Automation is the Piab Diamond Award winner for 2017. It's Piab's most prestigious award. Achievements like these are built one solution at a time. We team up with Piab to work side by side with our customers.  Looking back, we're thrilled with the year we had working with all of you, and look forward to more adventures to come.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

New Universal Robot Dress Packs from Murrplastik

Especially designed for UR, Murrplastik brings us several new flexible support systems and mounting tools. 

Interested? Contact FPE Automation for more information!

Download/view Murrplastik's FHS Kits flyer here.

Announcing TS18 - Coming to St. Louis May 15!

TS18 is FPE Automation's Tech Showcase




FPE Automation


Register today for FPE Automation's biggest event of the year!
top products | interactive displays | relaxed, festive setting | live demos | breakout sessions | valuable prizes & fun games | delicious food | happy hour
and much more...

Sheraton - Chalet
191 Westport Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63146 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
10 AM - 4 PM



New Motor Products from JVL

SERCOS III (Ethernet) with Drive profile and synchronization for MAC motor® and ServoStep®

JVL is one of the world’s leading producers in the field of integrated servo and stepper motors. Today, they announced a new industrial Ethernet protocol for its integrated servo motors and integrated stepper motors: SERCOS. 

Introducing SERCOS

You asked, JVL listened. The new motor family, ServoStep, uses the newest technology, combined with the advancement of the previous designs, incorporating customers’ feedback. The family has the widest pallet of options in the market and will fit into all possible applications.

Ready for Industry 4.0 and IIoT (Industrial IoT)
The JVL Sercos module is equipped with two Ethernet connectors and a built-in switch, enabling line and ring topology without any extra expensive hardware. The JVL Sercos module has several LEDs, enabling technicians and operators to get a quick status overview. There are also opto-isolated digital I/Os embedded in the module, enabling control of extra sensors etc. without external I/O modules. This minimizes the number of devices on the net and reduces cable costs.
All connectors are rugged M12 connectors suitable for the rough conditions in industrial environments.
All registers in the JVL MAC motor® are accessible via the Sercos connection, 
enabling complete control of motor configuration and motion. The JVL Sercos module is very easy to use, configured via a predefined setup. Commissioning is easy, using the JVL MacTalk application software.

Sercos Industrial Ethernet
The JVL Sercos modules for MAC motor® and ServoStep® have all the important features from the Sercos specification. Automatic recognition of drives is supported by the FSPDrive and the Sercos Drive profiles (FSPDrive/PackProfile/SercosDrive). Synchronization is supported enabling simultaneous operation of up to 511 motors. Hot plugging and redundancy is possible for exchanging motors without power off. Probe/capture is supported enabling use also in packaging machines, and more...
Practical Features
Cabling is a hassle? Using the onboard Ethernet-switch you can daisy-chain cables from one Sercos motor to the next, enabling line and ring topology without any extra expensive hardware.
On the motor-side, one of the big advantages of using integrated servo motors or stepper motors from JVL, is that you do not need to install a separate servo driver or controller in a control cabinet. This gives you many subsequent advantages: Space savings in your control cabinet, saving of expensive motor and encoder cables, saving time (and money) for cabling, noise is minimized due to internal cabling, and installation errors between driver and motor are eliminated.
Service is much easier, since the motor and controller can be replaced as a single integrated unit. Downtime is minimized and production is maximized.

It's the only product on the market that allows users to change Ethernet protocol by updating the firmware using the MacTalk software.

About JVL - JVL is a world leader within the development and production of efficient and compact integrated servo motors and integrated stepper motors. MAC motor® is a series of integrated brushless servo motors (up to 4500 W and 13.5 kW peak) and ServoStep® is a series of integrated stepper motors (up to 25 Nm). Both the servo motor and stepper motor series include motor, controller, Nano-PLC, encoder and bus system integrated into one compact unit. All industrial Ethernet protocols like Profinet, EtherNet/IP, EtherCAT, Sercos III, ModbusTCP and Powerlink are available.

JVL has more than 25 years of motion control experience and is well known for its development and production of highly specialized integrated motors with industrial Ethernet and customized improvements. The close co-operation with customers and representatives results in cost-effective and technical optimized solutions for both basic and advanced motion control applications.

Want more information? Contact FPE Automation

JVL's wide selection of quality products for motion control applications include: Integrated brushless Servo motors, Integrated Stepper motors, AC Servo motor controllers, Motor drivers (DC, AC and Steppers), Brakes, Gearboxes and HMI touch panels.