Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Universal Robot Demo/Open House at mHUB

FPE Automation is privileged to be invited to speak at mHUB in Chicago on Wednesday, May 2, 2018

mHUB is a Chicago-based innovation center focused on physical product development. They are doing great things for local industry and economic growth. You can read more about mHUB and the cool things they do on their site. doing great things for local industry and economic growth. You can read more about mHUB and the cool things they do on their site

Join FPE and mHUB from 5:00-7:00 pm for the mHUB Open House: Industrial Robots event, with a collaborative robot demo featuring Universal Robots.



Thursday, April 19, 2018

In-house Cobot Demos with Universal Robot and FPE Automation

Collaborative robots streamline workflow
in unprecedented ways.
Put them to work for you.

Universal RobotsFPE Automation is your source for Universal Robots
FPE Automation
FPE Automation and Universal Robots - Meet the world's #1 Collaborative Robot
FPE Automation has been UR's partner in the greater St. Louis area and Eastern Missouri for years now. We have the experience to put cobots to work for you.


Schedule an on-site collaborative robot demo with our experts.
Explore the ways you can increase productivity and profit by using the latest, hottest technology.

FPE Automation
Download/View the Meet the Universal Robot flyer Download our single-page onsite demo flyer: Meet the Universal Robot

Monday, April 16, 2018

Introducing Cognex Dataman 470 Series

Brand new, and already a proven concept.


Introducing premium fixed-mount barcode readers. They're precision engineered for the most challenging applications. The very latest in imaging technology.  Here at FPE Automation, we're excited about this latest product release!

Our ACD team has already tested the newest Cognex Dataman 474 out in the field. The proof of concept reports are in. It has already succeeded where others have failed.

Accuracy. Excellent Scores. Reading from a distance. Reaching a wide field of view. 


Download the Cognex Dataman 470
Barcode Readers brochure
here for more information

Thursday, April 12, 2018


FPE Automation and Cognex bring the very latest to you during this valuable, hands-on seminar. We’ll cover leading edge vision sensor technology.  You’ll leave with relevant knowledge you can leverage when you’re back on the job, for measurable results. 

One day only! Wednesday, September 19, 2018

What gets missed on your line? Defective parts? Bar codes? All you may be missing is Cognex vision and the right ID reader. Error-proof your applications with In-Sight 2000. Discover how easy it is to use powerful vision tools. 

Participants qualify for a one-day-only, substantial discount on a Cognex In-sight 2000-130 Mini, 6.2 mm liquid lens, standard white light, cables and brackets (lab kit). 

FPE Automation’s Danielle Krueger, together with top industry experts from Cognex, guide you through the process while you gain firsthand experience with the latest technology. 

FPE Automation welcomes Cognex back to our on-site training center for Invent Your Solution. Customers can attend free of charge. Limit one lab kit per organization.
10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Lunch will be served.
FPE Automation
110 Gordon Street
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Mark It. Read It.

One of our most entertaining events is back by popular demand!

FPE Automation welcomes Cognex and Panasonic for a special hands-on experience with vision and laser marking.

An energetic, fun experience! Spend the day immersed in live demos and informative sessions with the experts. Featuring Cognex handheld and fixed mount readers and Panasonic laser markers. Enjoy free giveaways and a delicious lunch.

We’ll be skipping the easy targets and jumping right in to the issues our clients tell us they are facing today. Poor focus, low contrast, washed out originals. Items that are difficult to mark. Finder degradation and background problems. They all result in process bottlenecks. We’ll show you how you can eliminate those with the right tools.

It doesn’t end there. Take away long-term benefits. Attend our application Q&A session after the presentations. Bring in your own part. Our specialists will assess how to mark and read your specific item. Don’t miss this opportunity to leverage some of the world’s top expertise in the field and put it to work for you.

FPE Automation
110 Gordon Street, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Seminar: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Application Q&A with the experts:
2:00 - 4:00 pm

For more information and to register:
Or call 847-364-7455


Thursday, April 5, 2018

Feeder Bowl to Dial Table Automation in Under 1/2 Second

Introducing the Yamaha YP-220BX Pick and Place Robot

SCARA robots not fast enough to meet your automation needs? Check out the Yamaha YP-220BX pick and place robot in action (video below). It has a cycle time of 0.45 - 0.57 seconds. That's high speed.

Need additional information or a quote? Contact us. FPE Automation is here to help!

Monday, April 2, 2018

Sharing Piab's Video - Handling String Cheese with Vacuum

One of the best things about working at FPE Automation is the privilege of witnessing innovation in a wide variety of industries that touch our everyday lives in one way or another.

In this video, our friends at Piab are working with a product that's tough to handle, unless you're snacking on it!

Here's string cheese, from Piab. Enjoy!


Thursday, March 29, 2018

FPE Automation - 1st Place Winner 2017 Gen 2 Sales Award

Cognex Gen 2 is the latest in vision systems and their In-sight series. FPE Automation is thrilled to be the 1st place winner of the 2017 award for strategic Gen 2 sales! 

This award is prestigious because the Cognex partners in the other markets we sell alongside are also excellent at what they do, so there is some serious competition out there!

Also, this win is particularly significant because it represents sales of the very latest, most cutting-edge products out there in the industry - anywhere. It means the FPE Automation team worked alongside you, our valued customers, to create vision inspection applications that didn't exist before. Together, we innovated, made processes better, more accurate, and more efficient. If you are reading this because you're getting to know us, perhaps considering working with FPE Automation, we want you to know that we're actively out there in the field, helping manufacturing facilities improve their processes with the most advanced solutions on the market.

As you know, that's no small accomplishment. So, we'd like to thank YOU, Cognex and our valued team here at FPE Automation. We're honored! 

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.