Friday, December 19, 2014

FPE is Winner of PHD's Segments Award for 2014!

FPE is the proud recipient of the PHD Segments award for 2014. This is important because it represents brand new market segments in the American manufacturing sector that have discovered the usefulness of PHD's products as a result of our h...elp and suggestions. As the economy improves, sure, sales may be up because manufacturing is up. FPE can't take credit for that. But we can boast (a little) about gaining new market share! So, please join us in a round of applause for those talented invidivuals on our team who thought out of the box enough to make new strides in new industries. It's the road less travelled because it takes substantially more creativity and work to engineer new ideas and break new ground. 2014 has been a great year! Here's to 2015!!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

More Murr Values for You!

Introducing the Murr Elektronik valve plug promo for 2015


More connectivity essentials, and more savings! Check it out/download it here.

Monday, November 24, 2014

piSAVE Sense Generation 2

piSAVE Sense Generation 2

Piab just announced that the piSAVE sense family has grown with a fourth size, the smallest ”02/60”.  It is improved in terms of accuracy with more precise flow characteristics handling delicate demands with more reliable/safe vacuum pump dimensioning. The new ”02/60” has a very low minimum flow and is suitable for cups with diameter ≤50mm in applications with sealed objects, such as metal sheets or glass.

piSAVE sense 02/60
piSAVE sense 02/60


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Fluid Power Engineering Now the Exclusive HyperCyl Distributor!

Exciting news! Fluid Power Engineering has entered into an official agreement to be the exclusive distributor of the HyperCyl line of products in Illinois, the Quad Cities, Iowa region and the greater Saint Louis area.

HyperCyl manufactures hydra-pneumatic cylinders, actuators and presses. HyperCyl products are environmentally friendly and reasonably-priced. They use a fraction of the electricity of hydraulic presses. There is a place for HyperCyl products in virtually every segment of industrial production, from clean-room medical and electronic component manufacturing to heavy industrial piercing and forming.
Fluid Power Engineering (FPE) is a local distributor of industrial controls and pneumatic products. Established in 1963, FPE celebrated its 50th anniversary in business last year. Both FPE and HyperCyl include numerous Fortune 500 corporations in their client base. FPE has been a distributor of HyperCyl products for approximately 20 years. FPE's engineers are well-versed in the product line and comfortable troubleshooting applications involving HyperCyl components. This new, exclusive agreement takes this longstanding, successful partnership to the next level.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Introducing Two New PHD Optimax® Actuators

This news just in from PHD:

Introducing Two New PHD Optimax® Actuators

Built on the foundation of long-life products for industrial automation, PHD Optimax® products are actuators designed to meet machine builders’ performance requirements at a competitive price. These economical, efficient, and reliable actuators provide customers with an alternative choice to PHD’s standard “built-to-order” product line, delivering even more solutions to meet industrial application needs.

In a continuing effort to expand the Optimax product line, PHD is proud to release two new drop-in replacement actuators.

Optimax Series OCG Round Body Pneumatic Cylinder
The PHD Optimax Series OCG Round Body Pneumatic Cylinder is designed to be extremely versatile and economical for use in any industry.
  • Competitively priced
  • Field repairable
  • 6 bore sizes with 10 stroke lengths
  • Drop-in imperial mounting to match global standard
  • Standard cushions to reduce end of travel impact
  • Magnets standard for switch sensing capability

>> Click here to view or download the catalog.
>> To view the Series OCG product page on the PHD website, click here.

Series OSX Light Duty Pneumatic Thruster Slide
The PHD Optimax Series Light Duty Pneumatic Thruster Slide is designed to be extremely versatile and economical for use in any industry.
  • Competitively priced
  • 5 bore sizes with up to 7 travel lengths
  • Drop-in metric mounting to match global standard
  • Standard shock pads reduce end of travel impact
  • Travel adjustment on retract
  • Magnets standard for switch sensing capability

>> Click here to view or download the catalog
>> To view the Series OSX product page on the PHD website, click here.

For more information, contact Fluid Power Engineering.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Pack Expo 2014

Some assorted shots from Pack Expo. Piab, PHD/Yamaha, QC Industries and more...

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Win a 40" Panasonic TV at PACK EXPO!

Will you be attending PACK EXPO 2014? 

Stop by the Panasonic booth (E-8605) to enter for a chance to win a FREE 40" Panasonic TV. Participation is easy, just follow these simple steps and you'll be entered! 

Also at the Panasonic booth, you'll witness a comprehensive demo that shows how all of the Panasonic products integrate together efficiently and effectively.  You can even watch as the demo engraves your name into a bottle opener to take home!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Photos from the FPE Automation/Omron ATC Open House

 A big THANKS to Omron Automation & Safety for allowing FPE Automation to be one of the very first to partner in an open house event at the new (and very impressive) ATC facility in Hoffman Estates.

On behalf of FPE and Omron - our sincere appreciation to the numerous clients who came out, toured the facility and joined us for lunch.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Fluid Power Engineering and Omron ATC Open House

Fluid Power Engineering worked closely with Omron Industrial Automation as Omron was in the process of investing in a new, state-of-the-art automation center. Our goal? To be among the very first to invite our valued clients to see the new facility once it opened.
That date has arrived! You are invited by FPE to tour this impressive new facility. Details are below.
Register here.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Mac Distributor of the Month Awards


It's a big month here at FPE! We're the proud recipients of not one, but two Mac Distributor of the Month awards. Nice job, and CONGRATULATIONS to FPE's Jason Welker and Jaren Bowers!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Improved Design on Bag Lip for piGRIP® Suction Cup

Better gripping performance ensures higher productivity.

The latest from Piab:

Piab just introduced the next generation of piGRIP® bag lips, known as "BGI". These lips include an internal retainer piece as well as three additional diameter sizes. The bag lips are ideal for handling different types of bag materials, especially hard-to-handle thin bag material, such as plastic film. The six diameter sizes now at 25, 34, 41, 48, 63 & 80 mm provides a larger range of sizes for choosing the exact cup for the handling application.

The first generation of Piab's piGRIP® bag lips "BG" were developed to handle most types of bags and pouches much better than any other available suction cup on the market. The special lip design in combination with the rigid and strong piGRIP® bellows/body allows for bag handling speeds and accelerations never used before in automation equipment for bags/pouches. Beside regular plastic bags for dry food (e.g. chips), the new piGRIP® bag lips were designed to have an excellent grip on stand-up-pouches filled with liquid or dry/wet food/substances.

The range of diameter sizes now allows for very small and/or oblong narrow flexible packages (fast-food ketchup packs) to be handled by the smallest 25 mm size. The largest size, 80 mm, addresses the need for handling heavy bags or sacks such as animal feed sacks.

The new retainer piece prevents thin bags or films from being drawn into the cup, thus improving the grip performance as well as eliminating marks on the thin bag materials. The lip material and the retainer piece are made of FDA approved materials.

A new much stronger bonding solution between the lip and bellows will prevent lips from coming off during working cycles, even for extremely rough conditions (high speed and greasy environments). The new locking sleeve, in terms of a retainer, guarantees the lip will stay in position. Cost savings are possible from exchangeable lips, thanks to the new locking solution – you only need to replace the lip and not entire bag cup-fitting.


Friday, June 20, 2014

Richard Bardos Memorial Donation Scholarship Recipient

2014 Scholarship Winners Announced

The 2014 FPEF Scholarship Winners have been announced! The Richard Bardos Memorial Donation went to the student who received the top score in the trustees' voting process. We wish him, and the other recpients all the best now and into the future.

Congratulations Scholarship Winners!
Fluid Power Educational Foundation’s (FPEF) scholarships help young people enrolled in high schools, technical colleges and engineering schools pursue their interests in fluid power. After careful review of all scholarship applications, the FPEF Board of Trustees would like to congratulate all of the following students who were each awarded a $2,000 scholarship for the Fall 2014 semester:
Thanks to the generous corporate scholarship donations, the top three (3) students were selected to receive distinctive scholarships.
  • Nathan Brace – Iowa State University
    Scholarship underwritten by the Richard Bardos Memorial Donation
  • David Gilbertson- Hennepin Technical College – Brooklyn Park Campus
    Scholarship underwritten by Norgren, Inc.
  • Tyler Hinrichs – Hennepin Technical College – Eden Prairie Campus
    Scholarship underwritten by Donaldson Company, Inc.
  • Roy Eckhardt – Texas A&M University
  • Matthew Gavino – Hennepin Technical College – Brooklyn Park Campus
  • Andrew Gilbertson – Hennepin Technical College – Brooklyn Park Campus
  • Jordan Grussling – Spokane Community College
  • Ivan Karpich – Hennepin Technical College – Eden Prairie Campus
  • Pavel Konstantinov – Centennial College
  • Tristan Larson – Minnesota West Community and Technical College
  • Kristen Loso – Hennepin Technical College – Brooklyn Park Campus
  • Matthew Miller – Hennepin Technical College – Brooklyn Park Campus
  • Michael Nendza – Hennepin Technical College – Brooklyn Park Campus
  • Dillon Paulson – Hennepin Technical College – Eden Prairie Campus
  • Rhaneem Radzali – Taylors University
  • Riley Samari – Alexandria Technical and Community College
  • Mitchell Sotelo – Hennepin Technical College – Eden Prairie Campus
  • Ryan Trenda – Hennepin Technical College – Brooklyn Park Campus
  • Macmillan Venu – Hennepin Technical College – Brooklyn Park Campus
  • Craig Warzeha- Hennepin Technical College – Eden Prairie Campus
If you would like to make a donation to FPEF, please visit or call 856-424-8998.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Panasonic Quick Clips: A5N Series -- 10 Minute Motion Setup with Real Time Express

Check out this short video clip.! In it, Panasonic demonstrates the speed and simplicity of using Panasonic's Real Time Express servo communication network to setup up a simple two servo motion demo, from hardware setup to software programming, in 10 minutes. 
See for yourself how Real Time Express can help you decrease wiring, and save time as opposed to traditional modes of servo communication.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Winners! MAC Distributor of the Month Award

It's a big day here at FPE! Fluid Power Engineering is very proud to announce that we are, once again, winners of the MAC Valves Distributor of the Month award!

In today's information-overloaded world, most accomplishments come and go without much notice. But something like this always makes us stop and appreciate the incredibly talented teams of people that all work together to make successes like these happen.

Thanks to everyone who contributed so much time, energy, passion and expertise.

Friday, April 4, 2014

How to Set Up the BOA Smart Camera Vision System

This step-by-step detailed tutorial leads you through the process of setting up a BOA Smart Camera for the first time, as well as setting up basic inspection tasks in the accompanying iNspect software.

Teledyne Dalsa described it to us this way:

"We’ve developed a 15 minute video titled ‘How to Set Up the BOA Smart Camera Vision System.’ In the video, Christopher Chalifoux explains how to easily set up BOA and iNspect Express. He then demonstrates how to use the software’s inspection tools and set pass/fail tolerances."

Friday, March 28, 2014

NEW Bimba Part Configurator Available on

The developers at FPE and Bimba have worked together to bring you a NEW easy-to-use online part configurator. It is available now on FPE's website. Check it out! We think you'll like it...

Thousands of Bimba items from a broad range of categories can be configured using this tool. Once you've selected all your options, you'll be given your configured part number and a link to generate a 3D drawing.
Little things, small conveniences, time-savers. It's just one more way we're trying to make life easier for you, our valued client.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

FPE Wins Top 10 Sales Volume Award for Tolomatic Sales

Fluid Power Engineering is VERY proud to announce that, once again, we are the recipients of the Tolomatic Top 10 Sales Volume Award!!!

Tolomatic staff visited FPE today to present the award and also generously provided a delicious Italian food lunch for our staff to show their appreciation.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Introducing the FPE/Murr Elektronik Power Supply Event

It's official! FPE has just rolled out special pricing for Murr Elektronic switch mode power supplies. Unbeatable! Click anywhere on the image on the left, or here to download the announcement in PDF format. Take advantage of this special offer while it lasts. It won't be around forever...

Thursday, February 27, 2014

FPE South Celebrates 10 Years!

As you may have heard, Fluid Power Engineering is celebrating 50 years in business this year. But did you know that we have a second milestone also taking place? In March of 2004, our Sunset Hills, Missouri location opened its doors and will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Monday!

Fluid Power Engineering, Sunset Hills, MO office, grand opening in 2004.
Left to right: Darryl Onak, Henry Schuh, Lori Wolff and me
opening our FPE South office 10 years ago.
A little about FPE South:

The branch manager of the FPE Sunset Hills location is Henry Schuh. Henry is a Chicagoland native and worked at Fluid Power Engineering Elk Grove Village for many years before being asked to open and manage this office. Henry started in the warehouse, worked in our Value-added/Assembly department and eventually became Warehouse Manager. He then moved into Client Care where he quickly became on of FPE's top Inside Sales Representatives. Henry stayed in Client Care for a decade or so before moving into Outside Sales. When upper management finalized the plans to open the Sunset Hills office, Henry quickly came to mind as the perfect candidate, given his familiarity with the different positions in the company and his ability to train and assist workers in every role. Henry relocated to Missouri to accept the position and has been there on a daily basis for the entire time the office has been open.

Henry is not the only team member who has been at this location on a daily basis since its inception. Although anyone in FPE Client Care (in either location) can help with anything you need, we do have two Client Care reps located in Sunset Hills to maintain a very important local presence and also assist with any walk-ins we might have. Both of those individuals, Ken Riley and Jerry Gilbert, have been with us since day one. Ken and Jerry are both Missouri natives. They have each travelled north and spent time working at our Elk Grove Village location on more than one occasion as well.

In addition to our office team, we also have a very talented sales and support staff based in the greater St. Louis area. That group is headed up by Andy Button, FPE South Outside Sales Team Leader. It includes Eric Keebler, Greg Bannister and Automation Controls Expert Mike Pingleton.

For Fluid Power Engineering, the decision to open the Sunset Hills location has far exceeded our expectations. The office has performed even better than anyone had hoped! We hope your experience is the same.


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

March 18, 2014: Join Fluid Power Engineering and Teledyne Dalsa for a Machine Vision Event!

It has just been announced that all attendees at the Dalsa Vision Seminar will be entered to win a FREE iPad Mini!
Courtesy of Teledyne Dalsa.



Our Controls team and Teledyne Dalsa have announced that they will host a Vision Event at FPE's Elk Grove Village location on March 18, 2014.

We’ll cover:
Machine vision essentials – the  basics.
Use of the popular Teledyne DALSA iNspect Express vision software. This is the easiest point and click vision software available anywhere. So simple, as a matter of fact, that other vision companies are trying to imitate this easy-to-use software.
Machine vision lighting. We’ll show you how to use various lighting solutions in your applications. We’ll cover axial, darkfield, dome, spot and different colored lights. Lighting is critical to a successful application. It’s a topic that is often overlooked.
You will leave with iNspect Express demo software

iNspect Express Software

...a FREE six color test light,

Free! 6-color test light.

and the knowledge to better manage machine vision!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Fluid Power Engineering is Murr Elektronik Distributor of the Year

Yesterday evening, FPE accepted the Murr Elektronik Distributor of the Year award for 2013. We're very honored!

Left to right: Scott Massie (FPE), Markus Keller (Murr), David Bardos (FPE) and Jomy Vadakumpadam (FPE).

Monday, February 3, 2014

Piab piGRIP® Bag Lips in the Fluid Power Journal

Piab's piGRIP bag lips got a nice write-up in the January/February 2014 issue of Fluid Power Journal. Check it out! 

This link will take you straight to the issue. I found Piab in the product review section on page 12. You can also use the search feature and simply enter "Piab":

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Freelin-Wade Tubing Featured on World's Greatest!

Tubing news is not something we see very often, but when we do, it's definitely colorful! The story of Freelin-wade is an impressive one. They really did change the tubing market with their creativity and choices. Check it out...

Freelin-Wade has been featured on the television show "World's Greatest!...". Now in its seventh season, "World's Greatest!..." takes an insightful, informative look at companies, products, and technologies that are considered best-in-class. The "World's Greatest!..." film crew spent an entire day at the McMinnville, OR facility capturing the passion that Freelin-Wade employees put into every product produced. 
Freelin-Wade's segment  highlights the history of Freelin-Wade, its products and what makes their approach to plastic tubing so unique!  You'll be amazed at the variety of items made from plastic pellets.
The episode aired on various cable and satellite networks November 18th and 25th.  Please check out the video now.
"World's Greatest!..." is a fast-paced tour around the world featuring behind-the-scenes footage and interviews of some of the most amazing and unique companies, products, people, and travel destinations the world has to offer!
Founded in 1980, Freelin-Wade is North America's largest independent manufacturer of plastic tubing and hoses. Recently, Freelin-Wade was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Business Volunteer Program Award for serving Oregon and its people. To learn more, please visit

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

NEW Food & Beverage Solutions Brochure Available Now from Tolomatic

Did you know that Tolomatic has USDA approved actuators?

Here's a link to the latest brochure:

Food and Beverage Solutions

If you're interested in receiving a print copy, Contact your FPE Solution Specialist.