Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Limited Time Promotion: Cognex 3D and Laser Profile Vision Systems

Extremely Competitive Pricing on Cognex Products for 3D Applications and Laser Profile Applications

Available now at FPE Automation!

Cognex just announced what is probably the best ever promotional pricing for select InSight products for 2D and 3D machine vision inspection.

Whether you're just getting into the vision game, or you're a seasoned professional, you'll want to take advantage of these great deals! 


MiR Offers New Leasing Program for Mobile Industrial Robots

Mobile Industrial Robots, the market leader in autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), launched its new mobile robot leasing program

Referred to as ”robots as a service” (RaaS), leasing lets companies of any size—from small start-ups to multinational enterprises—deploy mobile robot solutions with low (or no) upfront costs and low monthly payments. This lowers financial barriers for investing in AMRs and gives customers a near immediate return on investment (ROI).


Friday, June 14, 2019

Industrial Dust Collection Case Study

FPE Automation received the MAC Distributor of the Month award for the implementation of MAC Pulse Valves in a dust collection system.

"Keeping your environment safe is crucial. So is keeping things running smoothly.

Downtime is costly. 

Up to now, dust collectors have been very expensive to operate. At the same time, you just can’t risk the occupational hazards that come with a system that isn’t effective."

FPE Automation won a coveted Mac Valves Distributor of the Month award for their work in industrial dust collection at a customer in the Midwest. This is their story.

Old style valves are prone to sticking and blockage. PV valves are truly different. MAC’s patented D-seal technology isolates the solenoid: As a result of MAC’s innovative solution, contamination, sticking and burning are reduced and the valve has a longer life.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Epson Robot Training by FPE Automation

Get the training you need to get the most out of your Epson SCARA robot.

FPE Automation offers expert, on-site Epson robot training.

In order to properly leverage the technology, you need to feel comfortable with it. Trust FPE Automation to guide you through the process.

Monday, June 3, 2019

New Directional Control Products Catalog from FPE Automation

MAC Valves In-stock, MAC Fieldbus and Much More

FPE Automation's new Directional Control Products catalog offers a selection of items that are either in stock, or readily available, without a long lead time. 

All in a format that makes ordering easy and convenient.

Check it out for yourself. We think you will see why this catalog is a customer favorite!

PDF  Download the Directional Control Products Catalog

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

FPE Automation Partners with Soft Robotics

Announcing a new partnership between FPE Automation and Soft Robotics

By: Sandia Harrison

Now offering mGrip by Soft Robotics, an on-demand, soft robotic modular gripping system.

  • Plug and Play with any robot on the market
  • Use components to build a parallel or circular gripper in minutes
  • P2 UR+ kit available for Universal Robots: Seamlessly integrates with UR Teach Pendant via UR CAP
  • Safely and effectively grips delicate items, items of varying weight and size and other items that were previously challenging to pick

Tolomatic Introduces New RSX Extreme Force Electric Actuator

Introducing the NEW RSX096 Press Electric Linear Actuator from Tolomatic

Capable of doing the job of hydraulic actuators - only better.

Designed for pressing, punching, clinching, joining, and other applications requiring extreme force.

Available at FPE Automation

Monday, May 20, 2019

FPE South Tough Mudder

FPE Takes Part in Tough Mudder Endurance Event

By: Sandia Harrison

Tough Mudder is a an endurance test to chance to test your teamwork, conquer obstacles for up to 10 miles, have some fun and get a little muddy!

FPE Automation's St. Louis team took part in one over the weekend. Here they are at the finish, still smiling. Love this picture, and this great group of people! 

Friday, May 17, 2019

BViQ by MAC Valves

The latest product release from MAC Valves:

Introducing BViQ

By: Sandia Harrison

BViQ® brings the Bullet Valve® to the masses with a modular plug-in approach.

MAC Valves multi patented Bullet Valve® and subsequent products utilizing Bullet Valve® Technology  have brought innovation to the air valve industry with MAC’s patented balanced lifting-type solenoid design resulting in superior life, reliability, and repeatability, as well as superior flow in a compact package.

The BViQ® is available in B314 and BV414 configurations featuring these innovative characteristics:

  • Dual Bullet Valve® Cartridge slices – reducing overall footprint
  • Dual 4-way slices
  • Intermixing of 3-way & 4-way valve slices in a common assembly
  • MAConnect® – available for wire-free manifold interconnects
  • Single fastener BV mounting – provides quick and simple assembly
  • Adapts via MAConnect® to several interface adapter types – including MI/O-67®
  • Many of the Bullet Valve® modifications available – optimized rubbers, flows, etc.


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Factory Automation Process Improvement Seminar in Ottawa, Illinois


Interact with our experts and see the latest from Cognex, Epson, Universal Robots, Omron and MiR, with products from PHD, Robotiq and OnRobot featured as well. Discuss your own applications. We’ll incorporate your real-life examples and show you the cutting edge technology that is transforming the workplace in unprecedented ways. All in a relaxed, hands-on setting.

Lunch will be served.


Machine vision systems and sensors for factory automation, barcode readers for industrial ID.


HMI, PLC, safety and machine controls, all-in-one programming.


6-axis collaborative and SCARA robots, as well as mobile autonomous industrial robots.

TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Ottawa Starved Rock Area
3000 Fairfield Ln, Ottawa, IL 61350


Collaborative Robots in Manufacturing Event Coming to St. Louis

Breakfast with the Bots

FPE Automation is bringing Universal Robots, the worlds #1 collaborative robots, to the Tapawingo Golf Club in St. Louis!

Wednesday, June 26, 2019
8:00 am - noon

Is your company faced with a workforce shortage? Are you having difficulties finding qualified people who can do the job? Come learn how collaborative robotics can help solve your workforce challenges.

In this show-and-tell workshop, while enjoying a delicious breakfast, 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 event is designed for plant managers, directors, operations managers, and others in operational leadership roles.

Additional information is available here.


Friday, May 10, 2019

Cobots: Solving the Manufacturing Labor Challenge

Collaborative Robot Open House with Presenters FPE Automation and Universal Robots

FPE Automation's Carson Weaver and Universal Robots' Misa Ilkhechi are guest speakers at the Fusion Cobotics Open House on Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Sponsored by Fusion and IMEC, this special event will feature:

  • Machine shop tours (see the cobots in action)
  • Feature presentations (FPE Automation and Universal Robots, plus much more!)
  • Mini trade show
  • Evening special guest appearance with Pro Football Hall-of-Farner Dan Hampton of the Chicago Bears (Sharing his journey to the NFL and his experiences with the '85 Chicago Bears)


  1. Visit the link above.
  2. Click “Get Tickets”
  3. Click "Enter Promotional Code" in the upper right corner of the pop-up window
  4. Enter code FUSION-FPE. The price per ticket for Cobots: Solving the Manufacturing Labor Challenge will drop to $0.
  5. Select number of tickets.
  6. Click "Checkout"
  7. Enter Contact information for each attendee.
Questions or issues?  Please contact Emily Lee with IMEC at 309-677-4633 or

Individual Discount Codes – all will drop ticket price to $0

Fusion Cobotics

FPE Automation

Universal Robots


Happy Hour with the Cognex Van in Arlington Heights

The Cognex Van is Coming to Arlington Heights!

Vision/ID Happy Hour - Drinks & Appetizers at the Rack House in Arlington Heights with the Cognex van

THURSDAY, June 20, 2019 

Rack House Kitchen and Tavern
222 E Algonquin Rd, Arlington Heights, IL 60005

Join FPE Automation for drinks & appetizers and check out the Cognex van! Experience the latest in cutting-edge technology; machine vision systems, software and sensors used in automated manufacturing to inspect and identify parts, detect defects, verify product assembly, and guide robots.


Wednesday, May 8, 2019

3D Bin Picking at Schaumburg Trade Show

FPE Automation is at the Greater Chicago Design-2-part show May 8-9!

Our Automation Controls team put together a live, working 3D bin-picking demo with Universal Robots, Canon, and much more!

If you're in the area, be sure to stop by our booth at the Schaumburg Convention Center. D2P is a local contract manufacturing trade show. 


Monday, May 6, 2019

Collaborative Robot CNC Machine Tending

Load and unload parts from your CNC equipment with Fusion Cobotics' complete Universal Robots solution.

Fusion Cobotics incorporates Universal Robots for a turn-key CNC solution.

An already-configured, flexible machine tending solution designed to work with your CNC 
milling and turning equipment. Geared for high-mix, low-volume production. 

Get it from FPE Automation

Learn more: 



Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Machine Vision Training Seminar with Cognex and FPE Automation

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Special one-day event and lunch at FPE Automation

Machine Vision Concepts and Cognex EasyBuilder Programming


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 and FPE Automation for this one-day workshop. 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.

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FPE Automation to Expand St. Louis Operation

FPE Automation, Sunset Hills, MO

FPE Automation's St. Louis Area Location is Expanding

Plans include a robotics training center.

By: David Bardos

Thanks to our valued customers, employees and suppliers, FPE Automation is expanding  operations in the St. Louis area. Construction will start in late Summer, 2019. The updated facility will feature a state-of-the-art robotics training center for our clients, as well as more space to handle our explosive growth in the region.  

FPE Automation, in operation since 1963, opened this full-service branch in 2004. It is located at 12951 Gravois Road, Suite 120 in Sunset Hills, Missouri. At this location, there are full-time technical, customer service, shipping/receiving and sales staff, plus a fully-stocked warehouse with many of the popular industrial components, automation controls and pneumatic products we carry on the shelves. 

Flashback to February, 2004: FPE Automation opens a new office
Sunset Hills, MO.  
Left to right: Darryl Onak, Henry Schuh,
Lori Wolff and Sandia Harrison. We are very proud to report that
all four individuals are still employed at  FPE Automation.
The two original client care reps, Ken Riley and 

Jerry Gilbert (not pictured), hired when the
office was opened, are also both still with the company.
Thanks to all our customers in the St. Louis and Southern Illinois markets for your business.   

We look forward to continue offering all of you the most cost-effective solutions to enable our customers to increase production, profitability and remain relevant in their respective markets.

To contact this location directly, call 314-842-0881.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Universal Robots Award Winning Partner

It has been a record-setting month at FPE! This just in...

FPE Automation is the Winner of the Universal Robots Growth Award

By: Sandia Harrison

Universal Robots' Misa Ilkhechi (left) presents the Universal Robots Growth Award.
FPE Automation's Carson Weaver (center)
and Jomy Vadakumpadam (right) accept the trophy.

A surprise from Universal Robots today! It was announced that FPE Automation is the winner of the Midwest Growth Award.

The decision-making process to enter into the realm of collaborative robotics is a multi-faceted one. Manufacturers may be struggling to find skilled workers, with unemployment at a low. Employers and managers may be committed to keeping their workers safe and free of injuries. In today's competitive market environment, they certainly need to take a hard look at ROI and other benefits of automating with cobots. In addition, they may not have the skill set internally to effectively deploy the collaborative robots (initially, anyway). 

That's where we come in. FPE Automation is a premier Universal Robots partner, with unparalleled knowledge in our region. We offer authorized training classes, and have the right expertise to make this technology work for you. We do this one conversation at a time, hands-on whenever necessary, sleeves rolled up. 

There is no other way to achieve such an honor as this. 

All of us at FPE Automation would like to thank Universal Robots, our talented team of engineers and support staff, and most of all, our customers. Without you, this growth would not be possible.

High-level Workshop Strengthens FPE Automation's Universal Robots Expertise

Universal Robots is on location at FPE Automation

By: Sandia Harrison

FPE Automation is a premier, authorized Universal Robots partner. We're top-tier with UR, and very proud of the level of engagement and expertise we bring to the table when it's time to have a realistic conversation with our customers about collaborative robots. 

Whether that conversation is about the most technical aspects of industrial robotics, or you need to know how collaborative robots can benefit you in your production environment, or you would like to discuss what your ROI would be and how cobots look, in terms of investment... FPE Automation's team of experts are some of the best-suited in the business to answer all of your questions. 

Today, that knowledge pool got deeper.

Our entire team of sales engineers is receiving top level training from engineers at Universal Robots in an intensive workshop. It is knowledge we will pass on to you.

At FPE, we work alongside Universal Robots on a daily basis, in hands-on environments like yours. That makes us uniquely qualified to do the job right. 

Learn more about how that benefits you by reading our Blog post from this past December: GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR #COBOT BY SELECTING THE RIGHT PARTNER.

FPE Automation Wins Tolomatic Distributor of the Year Award

FPE Automation is Tolomatic's Distributor of the Year

Just announced! FPE Automation is the winner of the 2018 Tolomatic Distributor of the Year award! 

This is a landmark achievement for FPE Automation. To honor the occasion, President and CEO, David Bardos, issued this statement earlier today:

"This would not be possible without the support of great PEOPLE like our employees and our customers, great PRODUCTS supplied by Tolomatic and the great SOLUTIONS we come up with to assist our customers to be more competitive and profitable.Thanks to ALL for your efforts."