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.


Thursday, August 30, 2018

FPE Automation's New Training and Technology Center

FPE Automation will be opening an all-new training and technology center.

FPE Automation is pleased to announce plans for a new, state-of-the-art facility.

Located just two doors down from FPE’s corporate HQ, the new, cutting edge training and technology center will feature six collaborative robot training stations from Universal Robots, 10 Cognex training modules, and the latest pneumatic components.

The current schedule of advanced product training classes will remain unchanged. The courses will be moved to the new facility beginning in the 2nd quarter of 2019, where customers will experience the latest technology in an expanded workspace. More details to come!

PDF Official Press Release

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Breakfast with the Bots

Announcing Breakfast with the Bots:
Collaborative Robotics in Manufacturing
In Schaumburg on October 3

Is your company faced with a workforce shortage? Are you having difficulties finding qualified people to work in your factory? Come learn how collaborative robotics can help solve your workforce challenges.

In this show-and-tell workshop, you will learn how collaborative robots (also referred to as “cobots”) can add value to your company, boost productivity, and improve reliability. Cobots are industrial robots designed to work with and among employees without the need for costly safety infrastructure. The Breakfast with the Bots workshop will include demonstrations of cobots, and the opportunity to learn about the many ways cobots can benefit your operation.

This seminar is designed for plant managers, directors, operations managers, and others in operational leadership roles. Breakfast will be provided.

October 3, 2018
7:30 am - 9:30 am



Friday, August 24, 2018

Cobots In Motion Happy Hour in Perryville, MO

Perryville, we're in your area...

Have a cold one with a cobot!

Cobots In Motion:
Updated to include the NEW Universal eSeries and MiR500

See the latest technology in action, learn how it works, and how it pays off... FPE’s traveling collaborative robots will be on site. You’ve heard about this cutting-edge technology. You know it is transforming industry in unprecedented ways. Here’s your chance to learn all about it! Explore the possibilities of collaborative robotics in your workspace. Discover firsthand how easy they are to program. Get answers to questions about implementation, average payback times, and safety. With Universal Robots, MiR and more. 

Hurry, space is limited. Register today!

Mary Jane Burgers & Brew
102 N Jackson St. Perryville, MO 63775
Map/Directions to Mary Jane's Burgers & Brew

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

4:30 pm-7:30 pm 

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Introducing the MAC Valves MI/O-67 Fieldbus Platform

An Exciting Product Announcement from MAC Valves

The All-New MI/O-67 Fieldbus Platform

We are pleased to announce the release and availability of the MAC MI/O-67® Fieldbus™ family of products. The initial release includes several different protocol options and several modules, a complete system package! 

• EtherNet/IP®
• EtherCAT®
• Modbus/TCP®

• MI/O-67® will utilize existing MAConnect® technology with MI/O-67® specific part numbers
• Digital, Analog and PowerPlus™ modules to accommodate any I/O or additional valves needed
• Designed to meet IP67 washdown specifications (with appropriate valve series modifications).

Contact your FPE Automation Solution Specialist for series options, ordering guides, pricing and additional information. 


Thursday, August 9, 2018

Vision Smart Stop + Cobots in Motion Bolingbrook

FPE Automation has announced another stop on it's popular automation tour! 

Vision Smart Stop + Cobots in Motion is headed to Bolingbrook Golf Club

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’s traveling robots will be on site. Explore the possibilites 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!

Map/Directions to The Bolingbrook Golf Club


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Smart Vision Lights Introduces a New Light Module for the Cognex DataMan Series of Cameras

More Light for DataMan Readers, Laser Aimers

Smart Vision Lights introduces the ODDM3X-T, their newest light module for the Cognex DataMan series of cameras. Designed specifically for bar coding systems, the ODDM3X-T can mount to multiple Cognex cameras to provide support to the laser aimer and laser profiler accessories for quick, uniform alignment.



Tolomatic adds capacity to RSX High-force Electric Actuator Family


Tolomatic adds capacity to their RSX extreme-force electric actuator family

The NEW RSX080 (max force of 18,000 lbf, 80 kN) is a smaller version of the RSX096 (max force of 30,000 lbf, 133 kN), offering the same features, benefits and applications, but at a lower force and reduced cost to meet specification needs.

  • Hydraulic-class, high-force, electric actuators. No air. No oil. No leaks.
  • Tolomatic planetary roller screw technology for long life and consistent performance
  • Food-grade option designed for volumetric filling and other high-force food and beverage applications
  • Your Motor Here® compatible (gearboxes up to 215 mm frame size)

Learn more:

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

QC Industries is now QC Conveyors

QC has a new name! 

Here's the official announcement:

We're excited to announce an important evolution in our company's branding. We're now known as QC Conveyors!
This was a very natural change for us for a number of reasons:

  • Many of our customers already refer to us this way
  •  The new name does a better job of conveying exactly what it is we do to customers who are unfamiliar with us
  • This name reinforces the fact we're a company dedicated to making conveyors

QC Conveyors makes innovative conveyors for a number of different applications, including their user-friendly automation series, their Hydro-clean sanitary series for use in food, pharmaceutical and wash-down environments and their industrial series. QC Conveyors also makes custom conveyors to suit nearly every application. Get a quote or schedule a demo with FPE Automation today, or use QC's online configurator.


Coming Soon: MI/O-67 from MAC Valves

MAC Valves announces an all new family of products:


Ethernet IP

Analog (current and voltage)

Digital IO 

Available soon! Get a quote, info or pre-order from FPE Automation today!  

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Universal Robots Introduces the New e-Series Cobot

Cutting Edge Cobots From the World’s #1 Collaborative Robot Manufacturer





Rapid deployment. Intuitive and user-friendly programming interface suitable for all users.

Unparalleled simplicity. Hassle-free set-up and seamless integration into any production line.

Almost anything is possible! Choose from a diverse variety of Universal robots certified end-effectors, accessories and SW solutions enabling flexible deployment across a diverse set of applications.

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The e-Series family has 3 members – the UR3e, UR5e and UR10e. Each cobot has a different reach and payload, but they share the same precision, accuracy and dependability that make them a valuable addition to any production facility.
The UR3e
Small but powerful, the UR3e has a payload of 3kgs and reach radius of 500mm. With 360 degree rotation on all wrist joints and infinite rotation on the end joint, this table- top cobot handles high precision tasks and light assembly tasks with ease.

PDFTechnical Specs for UR3e

The UR5e
The medium-sized member of the Universal Robots family is ideal for automating low-weight processing tasks with its 5kgs payload and 850mm reach radius. Easy to program and fast to set up, the UR5e strikes the perfect balance between size and power.

PDFTechnical Specs for UR5e

The UR10e
With the ability to automate tasks up to 10kgs with no compromise on precision, the UR10e is the Universal Robots’ family’s most powerful robot. A reach radius of 1300mm also enables it to carry out tasks like packaging and palletizing in facilities where there is a larger distance between different operating areas. 

PDFTechnical Specs for UR10e


With 14+ applications, you can automate almost anything with Universal Robots cobots.


Five times (5X) less expensive than traditional industrial robots.

Avaliable with UR's free online training program.
On-site training at FPE Automation is also available. 

THE e-Series

This new family mimics the payload (3KG, 5KG and 10KG) and reach (500mm, 850mm and 1300mm) you've come to expect from the world's most popular cobots, while adding some impressive new features.

The e-Series is designed to integrate seamlessly into all production facilities, regardless of what or where you’re producing. No matter what industry you belong to, change production as you know it with the e-Series.

Automotive & Subcontractor
From laser-cutting rigs to engine foundries, automate almost any stage in your automotive production line with the highly versatile e-Series. Our cobots can be seamlessly integrated into existing production lines to take over critical and high precision tasks while maintaining production quality.

Food & Agriculture
Keep food and ingredient wastage to a minimum with the e-Series, which works around the clock with high precision and minimal errors. The cobots are also equipped with outer casings designed to reduce dust and debris accumulation, to keep up with hygiene and safety standards in your production facility.

Electronics & Technology
The tech industry is a fast moving one with products constantly evolving to meet new needs. Keep up with the changes on your production line with the e-Series, which can be easily deployed to take on new tasks involving sensitive and dangerous machinery.

Furniture & Equipment
Let the e-Series take over the labour intensive tasks on your furniture and equipment production line. On top of relieving workers of physical burdens, the e-Series also improves the fit and finish of your products through raising levels of precision and consistency in production.

Metal & Machining
Dangerous machinery, multiple processes and specialized products these common characteristics of the metal and machining industry pose no deterrence to the e-Series. The cobots are well equipped to work in dangerous environments with high accuracy and efficiency to enhance production with minimal risk to employees.

Plastic & Polymers
With materials requiring different processing and temperature ranges, flexibility is crucial on the plastic and polymers production line. The highly agile e-Series can be used across all areas of plastic and polymer production to meet changing demands, extending production capabilities while reducing employee exposure to noxious gases given off during production.

Pharma & Chemistry
Designed to meet the healthcare industry’s specifications for accuracy, precision and hygiene, the e-Series takes on mundane tasks like product dispensing and sorting with minimal error. The risk of human contamination in highly delicate tasks can also be reduced by deploying the e-Series in environments which require sterile handling.

Scientific & Research
High accuracy and repeatability make the e-Series optimal for scientific research and analysis, where objective information gathering is crucial. The highly affordable cobots serve as valuable tools for teaching and development of innovative solutions in an increasing number of research institutes and universities.

Don’t see your industry on the list?
The e-Series is designed to integrate seamlessly into all production facilities, regardless of what or where you’re producing. No matter what industry you belong to, change production as you know it with the e-Series.