Friday, September 22, 2017

Panasonic to Host Happy Hour at Cooper's Hawk for TS17 Guests



FPE Automation is thrilled that Panasonic is participating at TS17!
Panasonic's exhibits are always a highlight at these events. They feature impressive, interactive displays that people appreciate, like their laser marking equipment. You can even bring your own part and try it out on the spot.

This year, the fun doesn't end there. Panasonic has generously offered to host a happy hour immediately following the technology showcase! All TS17 attendees are invited, and we hope you can join us!

See you at the show. Haven't registered yet? You can sign up here.

#fpets17


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Special Dust Collection Breakout Session Added to FPE Automation's Tech Showcase Event

http://www.fpeautomation.com/store.php#!/TS17-FPE-Automation-Technology-Showcase-Event/p/90060254/category=0




FPE Automation welcomes Anthony Bonadio from MAC Valves to TS17!

We're excited to announce that Anthony Bonadio will be joining us at TS17 to host a special breakout session addressing pulse valve technology and understanding dust collection.  

The area of dust collection has been undergoing a shift in recent years. Groundbreaking innovations have produced new technology that has companies re-thinking the way they process their airborne contaminants. We'll explain all of that in the special session hosted by Anthony Bonadio on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 3:00 pm at FPE Automation's TS17 Technology Showcase.  

REGISTER TO ATTEND

 
More Information:

http://www.fpeautomation.com/store.php#!/TS17-FPE-Automation-Technology-Showcase-Event/p/90060254/category=0    
#fpets17

Friday, September 8, 2017

FPE Automation Adds New Machine Vision Concepts/Cognex EasyBuilder Programming Training Dates


FPE Automation has just added additional training dates.

Classes are filling up fast, be sure to reserve your seat soon! Training is free of charge/complimentary to valid customers.

In-Sight is Cognex’s powerfully and fully integrated vision sensor software. The In-Sight/EasyBuilder® software allows you to connect, configure, emulate, operate, maintain, and expand all from an integrated user environment. With no programming needed, applications are deployed quickly. This includes automatic extraction of features, setting smart parameters and limits.
Spend time getting familiar with EasyBuilder.
Join Cognex at the FPE Automation training center in Elk Grove Village. The In-Sight® Explorer EasyBuilder® interface walks you through the process of setting up your vision application, step by step. Great for all users, regardless of previous experience.
One-day event offers hands-on training.
We will cover the difference between vision sensors and vision system and other solutions. We’ll discuss general machine vision concepts, lighting, lenses, resolution and other factors you’ll need to consider when engineering a vision system. We’ll go over Cognex In-Sight EasyBuilder programming examples. Then, we’ll finish off the day with a hands-on session with actual parts. Bring your own parts with you!
Who should attend?
Anyone who is responsible for production, quality, automation, maintenance, and system integration or engineering in a manufacturing environment, also interested in learning about machine vision will gain valuable information.

CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED - PICK A DATE & REGISTER TODAY!!!

#cognextrainingchicago

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

FPE Automation is Your Source for Omron Industrial Automation Products

 

We are your local Omron Industrial Automation & Safety professionals. With years of experience in Omron product sales, service and support, FPE Automation can help with all of your needs, including these... 

Omron Commonly Ordered Products
You asked, we delivered! We authored our own catalog. It contains the items you need the most. 
Download/view FPE Automation's Omron Commonly Ordered Products catalog here.

The Latest Technology
NJ Controllers
Sysmac Products
Sensors

Switches

...and more!

Omron Safety Products/STI
We carry all of the safety components you require in your equipment and facilities. From sensors and switches to relays and controllers, FPE Automation has it all. 



CONTACT FPE AUTOMATION FOR PRICING/ADDITIONAL INFO







Links to other FPE Automation/Omron Articles in this blog:
FPE Automation is your Local Omron Source (April 2016)
Photos from the FPE Automation/Omron ATC Open House (October 2014)

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Valulex Lifting Equipment: FPE Automation Featured Product of the Month


Vaculex is a leading manufacturer of lifting systems based on vacuum technology. Earlier this year, Piab acquired Vaculex. Piab has been a global pioneer in the vacuum products industry since 1951, and has had a strong partnership with FPE Automation that spans several decades. 

For more information about Vaculex, contact us

 


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Announcing TS17: FPE Automation's Technology Showcase. Save the Date!

FPE Automation Presents TS17

Our biggest event of the year! It's #FPETS17

  • TOP PRODUCTS
  • INTERACTIVE DISPLAYS
  • LIVE DEMOS
  • BREAKOUT SESSIONS
  • VALUABLE PRIZES & FUN GAMES
  • DELICIOUS FOOD
  • HAPPY HOUR

All happening on one day only: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Save the date!

REGISTER HERE

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

FPE Automation/Panasonic Promo 2017: Light Curtains, Measurement Sensors, Area Sensors, Ionizeers


FPE Automation and Panasonic have teamed up to offer you special pricing on select items!





Get the new 6-page brochure!  It's full of great savings, but it's exclusively for FPE Automation customers only. Just fill out the contact form below, and we'll get you a copy.











Your Name + Company Name:


Your Email: *


Message: *




Worthwhile solutions become even more so when you can get them at an exceptional price! 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Piab Adds New Friction Cups

Small, oval and extremely nimble friction cups have been added to Piab’s line-up.


Piab is introducing a number of new cups in a variety of shapes, sizes and configurations, all with the exceptional durability and elastic memory that are the hallmarks of Piab’s friction cups.
Available in four different sizes, the new BXF family features a total of 36 cups. The cups have additional bellows and offer an improved level compensation performance. As a result, they're easy to program for de-stacking applications where the rack positions of sheets or other objects might vary slightly.

Bellows with extra flexibility make the BXF friction cups very forgiving when they pick objects, allowing for the variations often seen in auto-racking applications. The flexible and nimble cups eliminate the need for expensive and cumbersome spring brackets/plungers to be fitted on ejectors or robot end-of-arm tools, resulting in simpler and less expensive installations.

Small oval shaped friction cups are the star performers of two other new families introduced by Piab. Featuring either one bellow or no bellow, the OBF/OCF families’ smallest members measure only 15 x 35 mm and are available in a high and a low configuration. Also available with the dimensions 15 x 65 mm, the cups are specifically designed to enable a safe and secure grip on very small surfaces. That allows the cups to lift and handle objects by their edges where the cups’ unusual shapes maximize the suction area.

The OCF family’s flat, bellowless cups offer less inner movement for applications that require optimal stability. The OBF/OCF families each include 36 new friction cups.



Piab is also increasing the number of available fittings and threads for its line of friction cups. The introduction of new dimensions, including a 3/4 inch thread, enables Piab to meet 99% of all customer requirements.  

Friday, July 21, 2017

Happy 60th Anniversary to PHD!

FPE Automation would like to congratulate PHD Inc. on 60 years of making top quality products that are making a difference in countless sectors in American manufacturing. You might not realize it, but at some stage in the game, PHD touches a lot of what you buy. Happy Anniversary, PHD!

PHD hosted a 60th Diamond Anniversary & Distributor Sales Meeting in June. It included baseball, a realistic game show and a lot of other fun & celebratory events. Among them, some special recognition for FPE Automation that we'd like to share with you.


 
Above, just a handful of people were invited to participate in Star Breakout Sessions. Among them are our very own Art Gesell and Steve Kocmond. We're very proud of the fact that we had not just one but two stars!




Here's Art (left) sharing his testimonial with the crowd. Way to go! 

On a completely different note, FPE's Dale Miller is in the PHD 10K Club for June twice! Art Gesell, Andy Button and Joe Judge also won the honor for the month.Congratulations, gentlemen!

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

FPE Automation Wins Bimba Top Partner Performance Award

Yesterday, FPE Automation's Joey Bardos (left, Director of Sales) and Dave Bardos (right, President) accepted the Top Partner Performance award at the 2017 Bimba Distributor Meeting.

FPE Automation would like to sincerely thank Bimba for this honor.

We also realize, behind each award is a dedicated staff collaborating on a daily basis with our valued customers to get the right products to them, at the right time. We would like to thank our team for their efforts in making this achievement a reality.  There are no shortcuts. Success like this can only be accomplished through dedication to our customers and their individual needs. 

For more than 50 years, FPE Automation has been committed to delivering solutions. We're proud of that, and we look forward to the successful partnerships that lie ahead.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Piab Application Videos: piCOMPACT 23, Suction Cups and Kenos Grippers

Piab vacuum products designed for robotic integrators

piCOMPACT 23 - innovative vacuum generators with fully integrated controls for smart manufacturing.
Piab suction cups for direct food contact.
Kenos grippers for palletizing and depalletizing.

Piab's line of vacuum products can easily be used on all robotic systems to meet your requirements for efficiency, productivity and quality.



Tuesday, July 11, 2017

FPE Automation Wins an Unprecedented Four Mac Distributor of the Month Awards in June 2017

We're celebrating a real milestone here at FPE Automation today! 

Every time FPE Automation wins even one MAC DOM award, it means we architected a game-changing solution for one of our valued clients that was significantly more efficient, more cost-effective, and often both! 

Four awards and a sweep for the month: two singular, never-before-in-history achievements. 

We would like to thank our team for their efforts (names included in the video), and of course  MAC Valves, whose superior products allow us to approach our clients with a concept that really does make a difference.

We're exceptionally proud. We put together this playful mini movie to explain it in a little more detail!


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Monday, June 26, 2017

PHD Series EGRR Electric High Capacity Parallel Gripper

PHD is pleased to announce the release of the new Series EGRR high capacity ELECTRIC gripper. 

Built on the field-proven Series GRR chassis, the electric version offers many of the same benefits as the pneumatic. Plus, you receive the design flexibility of Your Motor, Your Way features. The EGRR provides high grip force, long jaw travels, and high jaw loads. This heavy duty end effector’s rugged design and jaw construction can withstand high impact and shock loads. Series EGRR Grippers are designed for gripping large objects in demanding industrial applications.


Download/view the EGRR catalog (PDF format).




Major benefits.
  • Servomotor provides acceleration, velocity, and position control and feedback. 
  • Compact design provides high grip force, large moment capacities, long jaw travel, and low overall weight for applications with limited space. 
  • Rugged construction withstands high impact and shock loads in demanding industrial environments.
  • Three large diameter jaw guides spanning the length of the gripper provide stable jaw travel, long allowable tooling length, and high moment capacities. 
  • Robust rack and pinion jaw drive provides repeatable jaw positioning. 
  • Your Motor, Your Way allows motor and controls flexibility at no additional cost. 
  • Optional PHD-supplied Kollmorgen® motor matches performance of popular pneumatic Series GRR Guardian® Gripper. 

Friday, May 26, 2017

MAC Valves Fluid Valve Technology - Micro Dosing



The Liquid Bullet Valve® is the latest design innovation from MAC Valves.
With fast response times, reliable shifting forces and repeatable results – due to its patented balanced design - the MAC LBV is ideal for applications that demand reliable, low-leak performance. The LBV performs with both gas and liquid*, and is engineered to perform at the highest level throughout its life. The MAC LBV employs D-Flex™ technology to provide an exceptionally tight seal; preventing leakage and saving you product and money.

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.



#automationrevolution
#industrialautomation

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.

READ IT HERE



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)

CHOOSE YOUR DATE
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.

REGISTER HERE




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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.