Monday, June 18, 2018

Training and Events: Learn About Collaborative Robots, Vision Systems, Advanced Barcode Technologies and More.

Factory automation is the new hero. It's up to you to save the day.

Collaborative robots, vision systems, advanced barcode technologies and more.
These, new powerful tools are transforming the way we do business. The good news is, most are not difficult to understand. FPE Automation can help! Get in on the latest, acquire relevant knowledge that you can put to work for you!

Join FPE, Cognex, Universal Robots, Panasonic and More for Select One-Day Events

Mark It. Read It.

JULY 18:

Back by popular demand! It's Mark It. Read It. A 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. A fun, casual, hands-on, action packed day. Bring your own part with you.

Machine Vision Concepts with Cognex

In-Sight is Cognex's powerfully and fully integrated vision sensor software. 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. Spend time getting familiar with EasyBuilder. Join Cognex at the FPE Automation training center in Elk Grove Village. We'll guide you through the process of setting up your vision application, step by step. Great for all users, regardless of previous experience.

Invent Your Solution with Cognex

September 19:
Substantial product incentives, hands-on training and application Q&A with the experts during this one-day special event with Cognex at FPE Automation. Error-proof your applications with In-Sight 2000. Discover how easy it is to use powerful vision tools.

Vision Smart Stop + Cobots in Motion

Rockford, Illinois, October 18:
Two separate events! Attend one or both. We're hitting the road with our traveling cobot and more to bring live demos and the latest from Universal Robots, Cognex, MiR, PHD+, Robotiq and OnRobot to Rockford.


FPE Automation has several dates on the calendar. All events are free of charge to our valued customers. We hope you can join us!

FPE Automation

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Join FPE, Cognex, Universal Robots, Panasonic and More for Select One-Day Events

Get the latest in a hands-on, relaxed environment. If you're the type who learns by doing, you're in luck! Experiment with the absolute latest in factory automation. Work with a team of friendly & knowledgeable experts to determine how you can leverage the technology to work for you. Or, if you prefer, come as an observer and leave with valuable information you'll use on the job.

FPE Automation has several dates on the calendar. All events are free to FPE customers. We hope you can join us!

Mark It. Read It.
JULY 18:
Back by popular demand! It's Mark It. Read It. With Cognex and Panasonic.

Machine Vision Concepts with Cognex
Attend Cognex EasyBuilder hands-on training at FPE Automation.

Invent Your Solution with Cognex
September 19:
Substantial product incentives, hands-on training and application Q&A with the experts during this one-day special event with Cognex at FPE Automation.

Vision Smart Stop + Cobots in Motion
Rockford, Illinois, October 18:
Two separate events! Attend one or both. We're hitting the road with our traveling cobot and more to bring live demos and the latest from Universal Robots, Cognex, MiR, PHD+, Robotiq and OnRobot to Rockford.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Deep Learning Machine Vision Technology from Cognex

Artificial Intelligence for Machine Vision


Previously impossible, automated inspection tasks are being made possible through the use of deep learning technologies. Today, increasing numbers of manufacturers are turning to deep learning-based image analysis to help improve the automation of many tasks, including:

  • Assembly verification and deformed part location
  • Cosmetic and functional defect detection
  • Texture and material classification
  • Character reading, including distorted print
Cognex deep learning technology—designed specifically for factory automation—now makes it possible to automate previously unprogrammable applications, reducing error rates and quickening inspection times.


Download the Deep Learning for Factory Automation Guide to learn more about how to deploy deep learning in your operation.

Piab's Kenos KCS Gripper for Collaborative Robots

Kenos KCS gripper - it's what Piab calls "your flexible cobot friend"

Small, powerful and flexible, Kenos® KCS vacuum gripper helps you handle anything, anywhere.
Piab's Kenos® KCS gripper enables a collaborative robot (cobot) to handle just about anything, anywhere, at any time. This makes it the ideal ”co-working” tool, especially for small businesses, where flexibility is essential. Originally developed together with a leading manufacturer of collaborative robots as a tailor-made automation tool for one customer, the resulting vacuum gripper cobot proved so successful that Piab decided to offer it more widely.

Combining Piab's proprietary air-driven COAX® technology for highly efficient vacuum ejection with an easily replaceable technical foam that molds itself around any surface or shape, the Kenos® KCS gripper can be used to safely grip, lift and handle any object. Standard interface (ISO) adapters enable the whole unit to be attached to any cobot type on the market and, with a body made in a lightweight 3D printed material, it can be easily moved to perform different jobs in different parts of a production site, warehouse or other setting.

”The KCS is the perfect small business all-rounder. Its modular, plug-and-play design means it can be adapted for universal use within a company,” says Josef Karbassi, Vice President of Piab's Automation Division.

An expertly designed quick-change system allows the same unit to be fitted with a special gripper for plastic bags. A simple twist and a secure locking mechanism enables the Kenos® KCS gripper to be configured and ready for new tasks within seconds, improving the productivity of operations and reducing system downtime.

”We have also made sure that the KCS gripper is easy to clean and service, with all parts and areas easily accessible. Designed with rounded edges and fitted with an efficient silencer it is safe and user-friendly, making for successful and harmonious human/robot cooperation,” adds Josef Karbassi.



Related: FPE Automation will bring our traveling collaborative robot to you! Check out this article about in-house demos. It's one of our most popular events!

Related: Are you in the Rockford, IL area? Our traveling road show, "Cobots in Motion" will be in your area on Thursday, October 18, 2018. Sign up today!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Join Our Team!


Are you a people person??? Here's your chance to work in an industry that is on the leading edge of technology. FPE Automation is searching for a full-time order entry individual. Heavy phone/computer work, P&D, provide our clients with product info. We're looking for someone friendly, who loves to learn. We will train you to do the rest. Mechanical aptitude is a plus. Dedication is a must. Competitive salary + benefits. EOE. Work alongside some of the industry's best and brightest. Resumes only to

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Traveling Cobots Vision Road Show in Rockford this October

Vision Smart Stop + Cobots in Motion
TWO seminars coming to Rockford this October

It's FPE Automation's traveling event. We're in your area!

Thursday, October 18, 2018,  9:00-5:00 

Vision Smart Stop
Morning Seminar: Join a team of automation experts from 9:00 am to noon. Learn how Cognex advanced machine vision & industrial barcode reader systems deliver instant improvements to any manufacturing process, enabling your products to be made at higher speed, without defects and at a lower cost. 

Cobots In Motion
Afternoon Seminar:  FPE Automation’s traveling robots will be on site. Explore the possibilities of collaborative robotics in your workspace, from noon to 5:00 pm. Discover firsthand how easy they are to program. Get answers to questions about implementation, ROI, and safety. With Universal Robots, MiR and more.

Register for one... or both!
Spend the day with us: Why not attend both seminars? Attendance is free to FPE Automation customers. Lunch is included for all attendees (both morning and afternoon). Hurry, space is limited. Register today!


ROCKFORD: Map/Directions to The Hilton Garden Inn Rockford


Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Dave Schmidt , Theresa Wallace and Enrique Lugo from Tolomatic, Inc. visited FPE last Thursday to formally thank the crew for an exceptional year and officially present this award to the team. They catered a Chicago dog lunch, complete with an adorable, miniature, working hot dog cart, like the ones you'd see in the city of Chicago.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Dust Collection Video from MAC Valves

Just released today! MAC Valves' Anthony Bonadio has been working to develop videos to assist manufacturing plants with the dust collection process. This is one of them. There are some striking images showing the effectiveness of MAC pulse valves. Well done, Anthony! 

Check it out!

You can read more about dust collection technology, ROI, and more. Check out FPE Automation's MAC Dust Collection Solutions whitepaper. Download it here

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Tolomatic Awards FPE Automation Top 10 Distributor

At our technology showcase this year, TS18, Tolomatic's Dave Schmidt presented VP Lori Wolff and President David Bardos with the Top 10 Distributor Award for 2017

Thanks to Tolomatic for the honor, and congratulations to the FPE team for their commitment to be the best in the business! 

UR Robot Serves a Beer at TS18

TS18 was packed with the latest technology and interesting displays. This was one of my favorites! Universal Robots, Panasonic laser marking technology, Robotiq and Piab all work together to personalize a glass, open, pour and serve a beer. Check it out here:

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Live from TS18

All the latest at TS18 today! It's FPE Automation's Tech Showcase.

If you're in the St. Louis area, feel free to stop on by. Walk-ins are welcome.


Monday, May 7, 2018

Camozzi Presents FPE Three Awards!

Kevin Perry from Camozzi brought sub sandwiches today, and presented three separate awards in a brief presentation to our team.

FPE Automation once again received Camozzi's sales growth award. Below, Joey Bardos accepts the plaque on behalf of FPE. I'd like to join Kevin in giving a shout-out to my awesome co-workers for their dedication and for making this happen.

It's truly an honor. 2017 was quite a year. It's an exciting time to be in industrial automation. We're aware that receiving this award means customers innovated, improved their processes and used the latest technology to make things safer, more cost-effective, more accurate and reliable. 

Also receiving awards today were FPE's Chad Patkus and Tom Krien. Both received the honor (and a really nice DeWalt tool set) for sales performance.

Camozzi makes essential components, fittings, flow controls, and more. They are a key industry player, reaching across a number of vertical markets. 

FPE's manager of client care, Barry Allen also attended the lunch and presentation today. When asked about Camozzi, he said they are "knowledgeable, friendly and have great follow up. They all care and everyone always tries to help you."

Easy to work with, with top quality products and reasonable pricing on top of all that. If you are interested in a presentation or quote, we can help. Drop us a line here at FPE Automation

Friday, May 4, 2018

We're Celebrating Piab Awards at FPE Today

FPE, lunch is on Piab today! Thank you, Piab!

Piab's Dan Rosenmayer, pictured below on the right, visited our Elk Grove Village offices to deliver the aforementioned grub, and to take these wonderful snapshots, shake some hands and say "job well done". 

We're honored. Here's what went down:

Back in March, Piab announced that FPE Automation's Tom Krien had received the Kalyteros award for Top Salesperson Midwest region 2017


Above, Tom receives his award from Dan. 

In February, it was announced that FPE had won Piab's prestigious Diamond Award for 2017.

Joey Bardos and Scott Massie accepted that award on behalf of the FPE Automation team.

When we win awards like these, in virtually every instance, it is because you, our customer, is celebrating some sort of win. It means that we helped you architect a solution that improved your processes and improve your bottom line. So, it is you we'd like to thank! If you haven't had us out on location yet to take a look at your operations, please give us a call or drop us a line. We'd be happy to schedule a visit and see how we can put the latest technology from Piab to work for you.


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

FPE Automation Live at mHUB with Universal Robots

From mHUB in Chicago: 9-year-old girl programs the Universal Robot

By Sandia Harrison
Photos: Joey Bardos

FPE Automation visited mHUB today with our traveling robot.
Yes, it's that easy to program a Universal Robot. Pictured here, Kallie, a 3rd grader from Chicago takes over and easily gets the Universal Robot to do what she wants it to do.

But the open house was not just for school-aged children. In fact, it was created for, and mostly attended by, local business people interested in automating. Back in the early days of industrial robots, they were big and dangerous. They worked inside metal cages so that no workers would get hurt if something went wrong. Collaborative robots, or cobots, are the future. Smaller and safer, they are designed to work alongside humans and take over some of manufacturing's more repetitive tasks. They're cost-effective and reduce workplace injuries by eliminating laborious, repetitive tasks. 

Missed the mHUB event? FPE Automation's traveling cobot can come to your plant for a demonstration. More information on that here.