Friday, December 14, 2018

The Gecko Gripper from OnRobot



Onrobot GECKO GRIPPER

Attach like a gecko
and automate more

Nature-inspired gecko technology from OnRobot makes it possible to attach & lift any kind of flat and smooth surfaces. Fast, easy gripping technology for pick & place/assembly applications.

  • Grabs with gecko-style adhesive
  • Picks up flat objects without air system
  • Can lift Solid or porous objects
  • Instantaneous gripping
  • Integrated load sensor for precise gripping
  • Proximity sensor – part presence


Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Cognex In-Sight 2D Robot Guidance for Universal Robots

It's big news when two of FPE Automation's premier products work together in industry's groundbreaking area of robot guidance.

By: Sandia Harrison, Marketing Manager

Announcing 2D Robot Guidance for Universal Robots by Cognex*


Simply put, robot guidance, collaborative robots and robot guidance are all at the cutting edge of manufacturing. It doesn't get much more groundbreaking than this. 

Working with our on-staff ACD tech experts, with some assistance from Cognex*, I put together a brochure that will provide you with more info. Download it here






At FPE, we're implementing this technology. Creating solutions that dramatically boost productivity and profitability. There are applications for businesses small and large that make sense. If you like the idea of automating, but you're not sure you're a candidate, please don't hesitate to contact us for more information. 

*Only available in select regions. 




Monday, December 3, 2018

FPE Automation Wins an Exceptional Three MAC Distributor Awards for November

FPE Automation Received Three MAC Distributor Awards for November


The FPE Automation team has been hard at work! We just read the latest announcement released by MAC Valves, and it seems congratulations are in order.




To receive just one MAC distributor award is exceptional. To receive three in a single month (November 2018) is a tremendous accomplishment.

I'd like to share with you how we did it. The hope is that we can pass some of these substantial savings or process improvements along to you.

SOLUTION #1

MAC Valves recently introduced their MAC MI/O-67 fieldbus platform. FPE Automation's Tom Krien approached a longtime customer who has had an excellent working relationship with FPE for many years. Tom is a seasoned professional, so he is well aware that decisions like these are not made lightly. He also had a strong intuition that the solution would be right for this customer. The customer, in the packaging industry, said they prefer MAC Valves over the competition. Still, they were reluctant to make the decision to switch. There was a lot to consider. 

In the end, the customer liked the MAC solution better. They discovered that the pricing was also favorable. As a result, they are standardizing a 46 Series MI/O assembly to use on a new machine. They are so pleased with  the new design that they have made the decision to debut it at an upcoming trade show. 

Congratulations, Tom Krien! 


SOLUTION #2

To tell you the truth, the topic of dust collection and air quality had always been a relatively boring one, until recently. MAC Valves has been making some ground-breaking strides in the processing of airborne contaminants. The MAC pulse valve solutions are both more efficient and more cost-effective, giving them a clear advantage over whatever legacy technology your company may be using today. As a result, FPE Automation's Scott Massie proposed a solution to a food processing facility that put the ROI at an impressive three months.

Scott is FPE Automation's sales manager. An industry heavyweight, he was in on the pulse valve innovations from day #1 and has a lot of knowledge in that area. The customer was so impressed with  the solution, that it led to a plant-wide audit resulting in a decision to retrofit all of the plant’s dust collectors with MAC pulse valves. We're told that the next step is to approach their sister company and retrofit their dust collectors as well. 

Congratulations, Scott Massie! 

SOLUTION #3

This third award is another dust collection success. It's an interesting case. This customer is a company that produces adhesives and sealants for the building industry. In other words, the kind of product that can create an environmental hazard to employees. Care must be taken to provide the right solution. 

The award goes to FPE Automation's Brian Einzig. Brian joined us as a new sales engineer in January of 2017 and has been impressing us ever since with his considerable intellect and product knowledge, coupled with his easygoing, candid and honest communication style and a great work ethic. So, we're thrilled to announce Brian's first award of this type. Scott Massie is also deserving of an assist on this one for lending his expertise.  

The plant's dust collection system was constantly becoming clogged and breaking down. MAC Valves has a patented solution that reduces downtime. They ran the numbers. To paraphrase what they said:

"Our filter changes and other associated downtime resulted in thousands of dollars in savings, with an ROI of less than three months! Since the pulse duration was increased from every 3 seconds to every 150 seconds, there was an additional energy savings of over $5000! We were able to take two compressors completely off line (300HP and 165HP). We simply didn't need them anymore."

This company is sharing the news with their other locations so that they can implement MAC pulse valves as well. 

Congratulations, Brian Einzig! 




The hope is that you will identify with one of these solutions and take advantage of the same process improvement or ROI that was realized by these manufacturers. They had to realize some substantial gains and advantages in order to even consider a change.

We're here to help. 






Year End Savings: Up to 100% Tax Deduction for UR Collaborative Robots


As 2018 comes to an end, we wanted to inform you of a potentially game-changing year-end event involving Section 179 of the Internal Revenue Code

If you are planning a #cobot purchase, there is no better time.

Hurry - take advantage of the IRS tax deduction while you can!

Your trusted tax professional can answer your questions. FPE Automation and Universal Robots will take it from there!
Section 179 of the Internal Revenue Code allows US businesses to take a 100% tax deduction for qualified equipment and off-the-shelf software that is put into service by December 31. With an industry leading manufacturing process, FPE Automation and Universal Robots guarantee year-end delivery for orders received and processed by December 16, 2018. You can buy, finance or lease the equipment, so talk to your tax adviser and contact us right away.
*Contact your tax adviser for details.


Friday, November 16, 2018

MiR Demo Van Hitting the Road in 2019

MiR (Mobile Industrial Robots) just announced plans to take the new MiR500 on the road!

By Sandia Harrison, Marketing Manager.

Introducing the MiR Demo Van








Beep beep! 

MiR will be travelling cross-country in 2019, offering demonstrations of their popular MiR500MiR-North America has had another record-setting year experiencing over +100% growth from 2017. It's time to "Hit the Road, Jack". 

The MiR500 is the largest in the fleet of mobile industrial robots from MiR. It's MiR's hot product, because it is capable of pallet transfer. 

We haven't received word yet about when the van will arrive in the Midwest. Check back soon. When FPE Automation's dates are added to the calendar, I'll post them right away.



Wednesday, October 31, 2018

FPE Introduces Metaphase

FPE Automation's new partnership with Metaphase: A perfect fit for both companies.

By: Sandia Harrison, Marketing Manager




We're pleased to announce a brand new alliance with the Metaphase Lighting Technologies - offering the world's largest selection of LED illumination. 



I had the opportunity to see Metaphase in action last week at the 2018 Collaborative Robots, Advanced Vision & AI Conference (CRAV). There, I chatted with their team. It's truly amazing what there is to know about lighting. Anyone involved with machine vision know's its both complex... and key to the success of the implementation and accuracy. Here is my take-away from the conversations I had there:

Metaphase has the largest catalog in the industry, offering the best selection of products anywhere. They can also create custom lighting and additional sizes without the usual hassle of going through a lengthy design process. In fact, I got the clear impression that it is their flexibility that sets them apart from other lighting manufacturers. 

Metaphase lighting is currently in use in some of the most advanced vision systems in the world. They are award-winning in their excellence and innovation. 






They are enthusiastic and excited about lighting. I'm energized by their knowledge and enthusiasm for their products, and eager to for our valued clients to have the opportunity to work with Metaphase. I know you will be pleased! 

Murr IO-Link Solutions

Introducing IO-Link from Murrelektronik
Eliminates device configuration from the shop floor. 
Simplifies integration like never before.


The new IODD On Board technology by Murrelektronik allows you to store your sensor/actuator parameter data, eliminating the need for manual settings or special tools. 


This greatly simplifies matters. Up to now, every new IO-Link device had to be integrated into the software individually, a time-consuming process. 
Now, device parameterization can be done ahead of time,  in the office, and no longer needs to be performed on the spot, during machine commissioning on the shop floor.

Multiple devices can be configured too, using copy + paste. 




Tuesday, October 30, 2018

3D Pick & Place and Part Identification with AI

Visual Guidance at FPE Automation


With visual guidance, random parts and images can be identified so that the part can be targeted. The applications are nearly infinite. It's not an overstatement to say visual guidance the most eagerly-awaited technology since the invention of the collaborative robot, or cobot.

Here's what we have to offer.

The introduction of two new partnerships:

Canon
Canon's 3D Machine Vision System (RV-Series) is a high speed image recognition system designed to work with robot arms. Employing Canon proprietary digital imaging technologies, the RV1100/RV500/RV300 serves as the “eyes” of industrial robots. Through cutting-edge image-recognition, data-processing and optical technologies, the systems is capable of 3D recognition of production-line parts randomly assembled in a pile. It can even accurately recognize parts with complex shapes and parts with few distinguishing features. 
Recognition Robotics
CortexRecognition®, RAIORobeye®, Lucana and 11 patents for visual guidance. Developed to mimic the human visual process, the software uses a unique algorithm that gives production robots the ability to view, recognize and locate pre-determined parts. In any situation where an object needs to be grabbed using a robotic arm, our software can be taught to see it, recognize it, then grab it every time - no matter the object’s position or orientation.







FPE Automation's best-in-class lineup of products to work with this technology... and the industry's top talent on our team to help you implement it. 



Universal Robots
The world's #1 collaborative robot recently introduced their new eSeries.

Yamaha Robotics
One of the world's largest manufacturers of industrial SCARA, Cartesian, Pick & Place and Single-Axis robots.

Robotiq
An industry leader of plug + play adaptive grippers made for collaborative robots.

OnRobot
End-of-arm tooling for collaborative robots, including grippers and hex force torque sensors.

Piab
Small, powerful and flexible, Piab's Kenos® KCS vacuum gripper, and their UR-certified piCOBOT can handle just about anything, anywhere, even difficult-to-grip parts.
RoboWorld
Featuring a wide variety of Robosuits® to protect your cobot in harsh environments. RoboWorld's Pendant Armor products are durable cases for teach pendants. 


Product Videos:

Recognition Robotics put it very well when they called the emerging visual guidance industry "category-shifting".  The technology is truly revolutionary. These videos will quickly bring you up to speed with what's happening in the industry. They're worth a minute or two of viewing time. Check them out! 






We're here to help.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

PHD to Showcase FPE Automation's UR Cobot at PackExpo and Assembly Shows

FPE Automation's Traveling Cobot from UR to be on Display at PHD Inc.'s Booth

At the PackExpo and Assembly Shows, PHD Inc. will be demonstrating new products, like their innovative Pneu-ConnectTM  gripper for Universal Robots collaborative robots. 

FPE Automation has been PHD's local Illinois distributor for many years. The two companies have had a close, working relationship for decades. So, when PHD Inc. approached us about our UR cobot  making an appearance in their booth, we were excited to be a part of it all! 

We hope you enjoy the display! 

If you would like more information about PHD, Universal Robots or FPE Automation, please don't hesitate to contact us.



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