Monday, October 14, 2019

MAC New Generation High Flow Individual Solenoid Valve for 26 Line Blocks

Designed for Glass Applications

Over 15,000 installations worldwide.

This updated solution from MAC Valves has, at its heart, a MAC Bonded Spool as well as a work-horse 35 Series type balanced pilot. It is designed for rugged environments, and available at FPE Automation.


Wednesday, October 9, 2019

PHD Inc. Releases New Hot Stamping Brochure for Industrial Automation

Tooling for Hot Forming Applications

A new resource from PHDHot Forming Solutions Brochure now available.

Hot forming or hot stamping is the process of heating steel to approximately 950°C. It is then formed in water-cooled dies for a certain time. The end result, the item produced is two to three times the strength of conventionally stamped part. 

Automotive parts that utilize this process may include A and B pillars, frame tunnels, side-impact supports, roof rails, and panel rockers. 

PHD has about ten years of hot stamping process experience. That is roughly as long as the technology has been around. PHD was involved in designing and implementing solutions for hot stamped pressings while the technology was being developed, and has been doing so ever since. Their expertise enables them to fully understand the challenging requirements of this forming process.

PDF  Download/view the PHD Hot Forming Solutions Brochure

Friday, October 4, 2019

Universal Robots and FPE Partner Fusion OEM Featured on Fox Business

Fox Business aired this live segment featuring FPE partner Fusion OEM's Craig Zoberis. 

Now hiring robots as your 'buddy' on the production floor:

Fusion OEM integrates Universal Robots into innovative CNC machine tending solutions. The news story shows how collaborative robots are solving labor challenges in manufacturing, where there are currently job shortages. By performing dull, dirty and dangerous tasks (sometimes referred to as the three "D"s), robots make jobs easier and safer for the people who work alongside them. That technology allows American manufacturers to attract workers where they could not previously. It also helps business to keep jobs in the region by doing less with more and by keeping workers safer. FPE Automation works closely with both Universal Robots and Fusion OEM to help make all of this happen.

High School Students Explore Robotics as a Career Path with FPE Automation's Help

Area high school students visit with business officials and learn about future career and education opportunities, with the help of FPE Automation and the Great River Economic Development Foundation

Kurt Vaeth of FPE Automation, left, helps Josey Rarick and Monroe Fox use a robotic arm controlled by a tablet during the third annual Tri-State MakerFest on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Oakley-Lindsay Center. Area high school students visited with business officials and learned about future career and education opportunities.


FPE Automation, Inc.'s Kurt Vaeth received some well-deserved press today in the local news publication the Herald-Whig in the Quincy, Illinois area for his involvement with high school students. 

For more than 50 years, FPE, a third-generation family-owned business, has lived and worked in the community we serve. Our territory is also our home. To say that we are committed to the future of Midwest manufacturing and jobs is an understatement. Today, we're proud of everyone who was involved in MakerFest! Great job, Kurt!

Thursday, September 19, 2019

IMEC and FPE Automation Talk Collaborative Robots at John Woods Community College

Are you in the Quincy, Illinois area? 

If so, you are invited to join FPE Automation's Kurt Vaeth, together with IMEC Illinois at John Wood Community College on Tuesday, September 24 from 9:00 am - 2:30 pm for a deep dive into taking your manufacturing to the next level. 

ABC’s of a Thriving Workforce: Adapt New Technologies, Build Strong Leaders and Concentrate on Employee Growth

Kurt will be presenting two of today's hottest topics in industry: 

Automation as a Workforce Multiplier
Collaborative Robotics to Replace the Dull, Dirty and Dangerous Tasks

Don't miss it! 

For more than a half a century, FPE Automation has lived and worked in the community it serves. We are committed to fostering local growth, and to the strength and skills of the American manufacturing worker. It's the reason we work with important organizations like IMEC and appear regularly in the Midwest's finest educational institutions. 



Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Cognex VisionPro ViDi is the First Deep Learning-based Image Analysis Software Designed Specifically for Factory Automation.

Cognex VisionPro ViDi is the First Deep Learning-based Image Analysis Software Designed Specifically for Factory Automation

This video from Cognex explains how deep learning technology gives manufacturing equipment the ability to recognize images and perceive environments in new ways.


Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Introducing the UR16e - the Latest Universal Robot Collaborative Robot With the Largest Payload to Date

Universal Robots introduced the new UR16e today!

The latest collaborative robot has a 16kg payload, UR's biggest ever.

"The utility of this collaborative industrial robot is unmatchable. The UR16e is built for heavy duty tasks like machine tending, material handling, packaging, material removal, and screw and nut driving applications.  It handles an exceptional 16 kg of payload that is especially useful for carrying heavy end of arm tooling and can lift multiple parts in a single pick, making tasks much more efficient by achieving shorter cycle times."

- Universal Robots
The UR16e has a 16kg payload at its full reach of 900mm, with ±0.05mm repeatability. It is ideal for heavier duty material handling or machine tending. 

Like all Universal Robots collaborative robots, the UR16e features easy, fast deployment and can handle dull or dirty or dangerous tasks that are not suitable or not safe for humans. 


#universalrobots #cobots #collaborativerobots

Monday, September 9, 2019

New Date Added for FPE Automation's Popular 'Get to Know Your UR' Training

Hands-on Universal Robots Training

FPE Automation is a premier UR partner, providing authorized Universal Robots collaborative robot (cobot) training.

Exclusively for FPE Automation’s valued UR clients who have recently purchased the world's #1 collaborative robot, or have made the decision to do so in the near future. 

We’d like to congratulate you as you step into the game-changing world of cobots in the workplace. So, what’s next? We’re here to help you leverage this cutting-edge technology, and make the most of your investment. We offer in-depth, easy-to-understand Universal Robots training in a casual environment. We’ll spare you the classroom-style learning. Rather, you’ll work right alongside our experts to create your own pick and place application. Discover how quickly and easily you can deploy the UR. You’ll leave with the knowledge you need to make the most of your cobot. It’s part of the award-winning service FPE Automation provides. 


Hurry! Class size is limited. Grab one of the few remaining available seats in October, or sign up for the just-added November session today! 

#universalrobots #collaborativerobots #cobots

Thursday, August 29, 2019

MiR's RaaS Leasing Option Makes AMRs Affordable and Accessible

Deploying autonomous mobile robots from MiR may be a more attainable goal than you think.

Robots as a Service (RaaS) is a leasing option from Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR). It allows companies of any size—from small start-ups to multinational enterprises— to deploy mobile robot solutions with low (or no) upfront costs and low monthly payments. RaaS lowers financial barriers for investing in AMRs and gives customers a near immediate return on investment (ROI).

Mobile industrial collaborative robots free workers up to do higher-value tasks. Because they are safe and easy to deploy, their popularity is increasing quickly. Discover why!

Talk to the experts at FPE Automation.

More information about MiR's RaaS leasing program is available here.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

How is Deep Learning Different from Machine Vision?

From OCR to defect detection, deep learning thrives when inspection isn’t clear cut.

Content courtesy of Cognex.

Deep learning technology might seem cutting edge, but it’s a perfect complement to machine vision inspection applications now. In this quick video overview and downloadable eBookCognex explains the differences between the two inspection approaches and when it makes sense to use deep learning or traditional machine vision for your factory automation strategy.

Further, you’ll learn:
  • How deep learning differs from machine vision
  • How deep learning systems learn via neural networks
  • Which types of applications are best suited to deep learning methods
  • How deep learning benefits industrial manufacturing

PDF  Download the eBook

Monday, August 19, 2019

New Date Added! Authorized UR Core Training at FPE Automation


Authorized Universal Robots UR CORE training course at FPE Automation

Tuesday-Wednesday, September 17-18

2-day technical training program. Learn to program, test and repair a Universal Robot collaborative robot (cobot).


Friday, August 16, 2019

FPE Automation Wins Award for #1 PHD Top Performer August 2019 - Congratulations to Steve Moore!

Congratulations to FPE Automation's Steve Moore! 

Steve took the top spot on PHD Inc's Top Performers list in August for an application at a metal stamping plant. Steve worked with the company's production team to present clamps and slides that would handle the 24/7 rugged progressive die stamping environment. Delivery was paramount. Although both the clamp and slide shipping times were in the acceptable range for their build timeline, Steve worked with their applications engineering team to reconfigure the clamps to have switches so they could ship even sooner. 

Clamps and slides alone don't make an impact. They don't win awards on their own. 

Solutions do. 

Effective implementation of these products can make your plant run better. They can make you more productive, more reliable and they can make your products better. Trust FPE Automation and the experts at PHD Inc. to assist you in implementing effective solutions for your business.

Also a winner in August - FPE Automation's Joe Judge appeared on the Top Performers list for his PHD Unique Solutions application in the packaging industry. 

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Chat is back on!

Live chat is available again on FPE Automation's website.

Real-time, live chat is back on the FPE Automation website!

After a brief break, we've redesigned the chat feature on our site and made it available to you once again. 

What hasn't changed? 

At FPE Automation, we're committed to quality service. What you don't get is a novice. 

We've staffed our chat room with experts who have product knowledge to assist you. You'll see the name of the person assisting you. They will know the answers, or know how to get them for you. 

Who will you be chatting with? 

Experienced members of our tech team. If you've worked with us for a while, you might already know their names. Here are a few examples:

Customer Service Manager
Over 30 years industry experience.
Branch ManagerOver 25 years industry experience.
Value-Added Services Manager
Over 20 years industry experience.

Real time chat with FPE Automation. Visit the website to give it a try!

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Universal Robots Training at FPE Automation

Get to Know Your UR

Wednesday, August 14 at FPE Automation in Elk Grove Village.

Have you recently purchased a Universal Robots collaborative robot, or have you decided to do so in the near future? We've got a "Get to Know Your UR" class for you!

This is a regularly scheduled class that FPE Automation offers in various locations. The next one takes place this upcoming Wednesday, August 14.

It's an opportunity to spend hands-on time interacting with the #cobot and learning all about its features. For our valued FPE/UR customers, there is no cost to attend.

If this describes you, don't miss this opportunity to get the most out of your collaborative robot!

Thursday, August 1, 2019

FPE/IMEC Breakfast with the Bots Event in Manufacturing News

FPE Automation and IMEC's Upcoming Breakfast with the Bots at the Danville Area Community College is featured in Midwest Manufacturing News

Midwest Manufacturing News ran an article about FPE Automation/IMEC's Breakfast with the Bots. The event, taking place on August 21, is designed to help manufacturers who are faced with workforce shortages. Robotics can be used to address those challenges. Collaborative robots are 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 give attendees the opportunity to learn about the many ways cobots can benefit them.

Learn more about Breakfast with the Bots at Danville Area Community Collage on August 21



#universalrobots #collaborativerobots #cobots

Monday, July 29, 2019

FPE Automation Tech Expo: Next Level Manufacturing

Announcing the FPE Automation Tech Expo: Next Level Manufacturing

It's our biggest event of the year!

The very latest in automation and manufacturing on display, plus food and beverages, valuable prizes, fun activities and more.

October 15, 2019 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the DoubleTree by Hilton-Chicago in Arlington Heights, Illinois



Tuesday, July 23, 2019

MiR Mobile Industrial Robots Van to Visit IRIS Custom Solutions

FPE Automation is bringing the MiR (Mobile Industrial Robots) van to our integrator partner IRIS Custom Solutions

Autonomous mobile robots from MiR allow companies to automate low-value internal transportation tasks, freeing up employees to spend their time much more effectively. The MiR van is coming to IRIS! Don’t miss this opportunity to see the mobile industrial robots in action!


Location: IRIS Custom Solutions | 10210 Werch Dr #205, Woodridge, IL 60517

Construction Underway for FPE Automation Training and Technology Center

Located in Elk Grove just steps away from FPE Automation's corporate headquarters, construction is well underway for the new training and technology center!

When completed, the facility will include over 6 collaborativer obotics training stations, and a state-of-the-art vision lab along with fully functioning automation modules to help assist and train our existing and new customers.

More to come soon! Stay tuned...

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Piab's Kenos KCS Robot Gripper EOAT - Now UR+ Certified

Piab Kenos KCS gripper - now UR+ Certified


"UR+ is the premier product platform to help you automate your applications more easily than ever before. Hundreds of industry-leading products are tested and approved to work with cobots from Universal Robots to provide you with fast deployment, simple programming and reliable operation. From grippers and accessories to vision systems and software – UR+ has a solution for you."

- Universal Robots

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.


Related: FPE Automation blog article - The Piab Kenos KCS Gripper

Monday, July 8, 2019

New Survey from Mobile Industrial Robots Can Help!

Find out how your procedures and internal logistics measure up to those of your peers. 

Looking to give your business a competitive edge? We’d like to let you know about an interesting industry-wide survey our partner, Mobile Industrial Robots (better known as MiR) is carrying out. The questionnaire is anonymous and takes just 5 minutes to complete. When you submit your answers, you’ll get:

- A report detailing the ways companies across the US are tackling internal logistics

- The chance to win a fully configured autonomous mobile robot for four months

- Entered into a prize drawing for three $500 gift cards

Sound interesting? Find out how an autonomous mobile robot from MiR can help. Tell us about your challenges, and together, we can figure out a better way. 


Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Just Announced: FPE Automation Among Top MAC Valves Specialists

Congratulations to FPE Automation's Scott Massie and Steve Carrera! 

Mac Valves Inc. and MDN leadership has hand picked just 40 people from around the continent to be part of an elite team of specialists. These individuals have a unique expertise in Mac's latest, revolutionary products. That includes Pulse Valves, Bullet Valves®, Liquid Valves, MI/O-67® and BViQ®. While Mac Valves is already the industry leader due to their optimized shifting forces, repeatability, balanced design, wiping action, and all of the other innovations comprising Mac's 105+ patents – the aforementioned families of cutting edge products are at the forefront of it all. Scott and Steve made the shortlist of experts! Need information about this game-changing technology? Please reach out to FPE Automation - we're here to help! 

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.