Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Mayor and Delegates from Sunset Hills Visit FPE Automation's Missouri Technology and Training Center

FPE Automation Opens One of the First Authorized Industrial Automation Training Centers in the United States

FPE Automation has opened its second authorized high-tech training facility, in Sunset Hills, Missouri, just outside St. Louis. The spacious facility features several full robot training stations in a large training room, where hands-on training will take place. Each station has a collaborative robot arm and vision. The facility also has a separate, high-tech lab which includes robots and 3D vision. It is among of the first of its kind in the world.

The Mayor of Sunset Hills, Pat Fribis, along with several Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development professionals and FPE Automation loyal customers were in attendance. Pictured left, FPE Automation's Kurt Vaeth teaches Mayor Pat how to program a Universal Robot Collaborative Robot Arm.

Guests toured the newly-opened facility and saw vision systems, autonomous mobile robots and quite a bit of other cutting edge factory automation technology on display. 

Introducing the MiR250 from Mobile Industrial Robots

The most agile AMR yet. From Mobile Industrial Robots.

New product announcement:

This month, Mobile Industrial Robots unveiled its newest robot, the MiR250. 

The MiR250 has a footprint of 580 x 800 mm (approx. 23 x 31.5 inches) and a height of only 30 centimeters (less than 12 inches). 

It's compact, but powerful.  The MiR250 can move as much as 250 kg (over 500 lbs.) with a speed of 2 meters/second, or 6.56 feet/second. This makes this AMR more agile than any other on the market and highly adaptable for challenging environments. 

Thanks to the small footprint, it can drive through spaces as narrow as 80 centimeters/3.15 inches. So, doors and elevators that can be an obstacle for other mobile robots, are not a problem for the MiR250. 

The MiR250 is constructed for long lifetime, easy serviceability and work 24/7 with the option for fast battery swap. It has been designed according to current applicable safety standards.

For more information, contact FPE Automation - your source for industrial robotics in Illinois, the greater St. Louis/Eastern Missouri region and the Quad Cities in Iowa. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Your processes don’t stop. Neither does FPE Automation.

Your options are changing daily. FPE Automation can accommodate you.

FPE Automation is extremely cognizant of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Our main concern is the safety of our employees, suppliers, customers and their families.

We have instituted a business continuity plan and all of our systems are up and running. We understand the risks of meeting in person and have put in place a multitude of electronic means to interface with you.  

Can't leave the office? Working from home? Remote assistance is available at FPE Automation.

Whether you need training, product information or assistance, we have the means to safely and efficiently provide it to you. All at FPE Automation stand ready to keep your business running as well.

Stay safe and be well. And, from our entire team, thank you for your business.

The situation changes daily. Whatever happens, FPE Automation is available to help.


David Bardos
FPE Automation, Inc. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

FPE Automation Offers Online Training for Companies Taking Coronavirus Precautions

Live Training Available Via Webcam for Companies with 'No Outside Contact' Policies in Place

FPE Automation is offering webcam-based training to companies who have policies in place preventing in-person visits.

With the recent outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) causing growing disruption across the country, organizations of all sizes have adopted a "no outside visitors" policy to protect their employees and to prevent accidental spread of the virus. We understand the need to take precautions. 

At the same time, a growing number of automation professionals have a need for FPE Automation's authorized training. If you need it to, FPE's extensive catalog of automation, robotic and machine safety training will come to you! 

Contact us to schedule your webcam-based training today. 

* Available only to customers in FPE Automation's geographic territory

Is mGrip by Soft Robotics right for you? Take the quiz!

New Robotic End of Arm Tooling (EOAT) Quiz

Are you in the process of selecting end-of-arm-tooling for your robot? Take a short quiz to find out if mGrip by Soft Robotics Inc. is right for you:

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

FPE Automation's CEO David Bardos is Keynote Speaker at Enclave's Business Leader's Forum

FPE Automation's CEO, David Bardos has been selected to be the keynote speaker at Enclave's Beyond Business Friendly Business Leader's Forum

NOTE: This event has been cancelled by the organizer amid coronavirus concerns. Rescheduling information is not yet available. 

Entrepreneurial Human Stories behind Robotics and other Emerging Automation

Human Stories Behind Robotics and other Automation

David Bardos will share with us highlights and lowlights of the highly personal entrepreneurial journey he and his family navigate to bring FPE Automation to its current considerable success, and to its state of readiness to grow further.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

5:30 PM – 9:30 PM CDT

ENCLAVE Learning-and-Earning Center for Entrepreneurs75 Turner AvenueFounders Hall, Main FloorElk Grove Village, IL 60007


MAC Valves Bullet Valve Pump for Liquid Applications

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Innovative technology for high precision.

Pumps that combine MAC proven liquid technology with extremely precise dosing capabilities for a variety of industries. The new whitepaper provides an overview, along with technical specifications. Download/view it here

Monday, February 24, 2020

High-tech Authorized Training Center for Industrial Automation, Robotics and Vision

FPE Automation Offers Expert Training at High-tech Facility for Industrial Robotics, Vision/ID, Machine Safety and More

FPE Automation is proud to offer one of the Midwest's only fully authorized training centers for industrial automation. Whether you or your team needs Universal Robots CORE training, machine vision and ID, safety or other training, come to FPE Automation. Here, practical application is key. We've invested in several fully-equipped robot stations in a large training room, where guests get individual hands-on training by industry experts. Each station has a collaborative robot arm, vision and conveyance so that every guest can interact with the equipment personally. The facility also has a separate, high-tech vision lab which includes robots and 3D vision.

For a full training schedule, visit and select 'Events'.

Friday, February 21, 2020

New High Tech Industrial Automation Training Center

FPE Automation Opens One of the World's First Authorized Industrial Automation Training Centers

ELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL,– February 20, 2020 FPE Automation, Inc. an award-winning, industrial automation product and solution provider celebrated the grand opening of a new, high-tech training facility, less than a mile from the newly-developed Elk Grove Technology Park on Thursday. The 5,300 s.f. facility features several full robot training stations in a large training room, where hands-on training will take place. Each station has a collaborative robot arm, vision and conveyance. The facility also has a separate, high-tech vision lab which includes robots and 3D vision. It is one of the first of its kind in the world.

The grand opening celebration included a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Trustees from Elk Grove Village as well as an Economic Development Specialist were in attendance. Also participating in the ribbon cutting were FPE Automation’s management team as well as individuals from CognexUniversal Robots, MAC ValvesPHD Inc. and Tolomatic.

Training has already been scheduled to take place and class registration is underway for a variety of training, all geared toward industrial automation. The roster includes robotic, vision, industrial safety classes and more. Leading global manufacturers such as Epson, Omron, Universal Robots, Cognex, MAC Valves, PHD Inc., Robotiq, Yamaha/YRG and more provide content and industry expertise.

David Bardos, CEO of FPE Automation said, "Throughout FPE Automation’s history, we have made every effort to supply Illinois-based manufacturers with the best products and solutions to help the companies we do business with to be the best in their respective industries. The industrial market is evolving at a faster pace than it ever has. Automation is finding its place in all market sectors. Here at FPE, we feel that the education of our customers and their employees is paramount in the successful implementation of in-plant automation; in particular, collaborative robots, vision and motion control. With that in mind we are pleased to present our new training facility located in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.  This center will give our broad base of Midwestern customers and their employees hands on training on the latest technology. This training will increase the comfort level, acceptance and success of the automation implementation in their facilities. The intended result is that manufacturing remains strong in the region. All of the training conducted at the facility is factory-certified and taught by field experienced instructors. We are extremely proud of this investment, which allows us to be an even bigger asset to our customers. Their patronage over the years has allowed us to reinvest in our business to better serve you. For that we are extremely grateful.”

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Machine Vision Workshop Coming to St. Louis

Join our automation experts at the new authorized training facility in Sunset Hills, MO for an exclusive one-day machine vision workshop.

We’ll cover:

Machine Vision Essentials

The basics of machine vision for industrial applications like automatic inspection, process control, and robot guidance.

DALSA iNspect Express Vision Software

Use of the popular Teledyne DALSA iNspect Express vision software, the easiest point and click vision software available anywhere. So simple, as a matter of fact, that other vision companies are trying to imitate this easy-to-use software.

Machine Vision Lighting 

Lighting is critical to a successful application. It’s a topic that is often overlooked. We’ll show you how to use various lighting solutions in your applications. We’ll cover axial, darkfield, dome, spot and different colored lights. 

You will leave with iNspect Express demo software, a FREE six color test light, and the knowledge to better manage machine vision!

Q&A: Following the session, we’ll be available to answer any questions about your actual application. Bring in an example from your work environment and our experts will assist you.

Cost: $250
Lunch will be provided.
Workshop: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm



FPE Automation, Inc.
Authorized Training Center
12951 Gravois Rd # 120, Sunset Hills, MO 63127

Friday, January 31, 2020

FPE Automation and Omron to co-host IIoT Lab in Hoffman Estates

IIoT Lab for Engineering and Automation Professionals

Learn the tools you need to harness the power of IIoT!

About this Event

Is an understanding of device communications, IO-Link, security and encryption, or infrastructure standing in your way of benefiting from IIoT?

IIoT is an increasing business and there are many options for implementation methods, and technologies, which can make putting technology advancements into practice overwhelming.

If you are at the very beginning of your IIoT journey and would like to learn practical tools and approaches, join us for a full-day educational event with hands-on labs that will put you on the path to success!
What will be covered?

Learning Sessions:

8:00 am -12:00 pm

• Physical and Data Layers of Industrial Ethernet Protocols
• Data acquisition challenges
• MQTT Overview
• OPC UA overview
• Omron’s unique SQL Database solution
• Machine learning on the Edge with Sysmac
• Safety and IIoT

Hands-on Lab Sessions (optional for participation):

12:30 pm – 5:00 pm

• Lab 1: SQL Database Connection SetUp
• Lab2: OPC UA Setup
• Lab 3: Cloud connectivity
• Lab 4: Condition monitoring
• Lab 5: EtherCAT setup and troubleshooting
• Lab 6: IO-Link Setup and troubleshooting
• Lab 7: FSoE and SQL Solution
After the IIoT Lab, you should be better equipped to leverage network architecture to optimize data collection and efficiently share data from the plant floor.

Who should participate?

Manufacturing engineers, plant managers, automation engineers, quality engineers, controls engineers, system integrators and OEMs are the most likely groups to benefit from this training.

All training participants will be provided with certificates of completion.

Complimentary coffee and lunch will be provided.
The event is organized in partnership with FPE Automation, a full-service, award-winning, stocking distributor of premier components for industry. From automation controls to pneumatic products, FPE is your one source for best-in-class products and solutions. FPE is a long-term authorized distributor of Omron Automation.


Thursday, January 30, 2020

FPE Wins Universal Robots Preferred Partner Award

FPE Automation is proud to be selected as a Preferred Partner for Universal Robots

FPE Automation is proud to be selected as a Preferred Partner in 2019 for Universal Robots. This honor is the result of a “collaborative” effort between FPE AutomationUniversal Robots and the many customers in Illinois, Eastern Missouri and Eastern Iowa who have put their trust in us to accommodate their automation needs.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

FPE Automation is appointed as AutoGuide Mobile Robots Distributor in Illinois, Iowa and Missouri

FPE Automation is excited to announce a new partnership!

Introducing AutoGuide

AutoGuide is a leading manufacturer of heavy payload autonomous mobile robots, including driverless forklifts and other Automated Guided Vehicles for assembly, manufacturing, warehousing and distribution.

AutoGuide is an industry leader in High-Payload Autonomous Mobile Robotic Solutions. They design and manufacture pallet stackers, tugs and forklifts. Best of all? They are built and stocked in the USA. 

There is no doubt that collaborative robots are the future of industry. Products like these are helping American manufacturers stay competitive on a global scale. They are often the answer to labor shortages. Filling in where the job is too dangerous, dirty or dull for a human. Collaborative means that they operate right alongside us. Keeping our facilities, and the people who work in them, safe. Robots also work around the clock, providing excellent return on investment. 

It's technology that makes sense. That's why businesses of all sizes are turning to companies like AutoGuide.

AutoGuide is a subsidiary of Teradyne. That's the same parent company of other top-tier FPE Automation partners, Universal Robots and MiR, mobile industrial robots. Solid existing relationships and FPE’s industry expertise will help to make this new partnership even stronger. 

FPE Automation is thrilled to welcome AutoGuide to their portfolio of cutting-edge automation products. 


Monday, January 27, 2020

FPE Automation wins Piab Diamond Award

FPE Automation is the winner of the Piab Diamond Award for the third consecutive year in a row.

It was just announced that FPE Automation is the winner of the Piab Diamond Award for 2019.

This is Piab's highest honor and FPE Automation is the only distributor to achieve this accolade for the year.

Piab has been a key partner of FPE Automation's for several decades. Piab makes exceptional products, best in class. We also truly enjoy working with the Piab team, an exceptional group of talented people. As their distributor, is our goal to see Piab thrive as a company.

Congratulations also goes out to the FPE team for their hard work! A great deal went into this achievement over the course of the year. The recipe for their success is that both companies treat each application, every project, like it was their most important. It sets us apart as a company, and we believe this award is a reflection of that. 

Most of all, we'd like to extend our sincere appreciation to our customers. Without you, this would not be possible.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Work at FPE Automation - We're Interviewing Client Care Representatives

Industrial automation, robotics, AI and vision systems. Work on the cutting edge of manufacturing technology! Not only is FPE an exciting place to work, we're also a great company. Established in 1963, we're Midwestern in our roots and we live & work in the territory we serve. We give back to the community and invest in jobs and the future of U.S. manufacturing. We're a hardworking, dedicated group, loving what we do! If that feels like it's a fit for you, please reach out to us. Apply for a job at FPE Automation.
Why you would want to work for FPE Automation? More manufacturers will be turning to Automation in the next 5 years than ever before. More customers will be focusing on optimizing their current equipment rather than investing in new machinery. This is the future. FPE Automation gets it. We have positioned ourselves to be the lead supplier of automation solutions in our territory. We have handpicked the best support people in the industry to assist our sales force. We have aligned ourselves with the best suppliers who are solution and technology-focused. FPE Automation has ownership involvement in all aspects of our business. We are focused on taking care of our clients and more importantly finding new ones. Are you the right person for FPE Automation? Do you love technology? Are you good with people? Are you motivated to develop strong relationships with customers, our suppliers and employees? If so, we want to talk to you. Is FPE Automation right for you? It is, if you want to work for a company that stands behind you and gives you access to the owners and top management to help you win. It is, of course, if you want to grow financially. FPE Automation is looking for people who have the ability to continually put themselves and their organization in a position to win. You’ll have dozens of people behind you to help you make that happen. We are currently looking for a handful of the right people to join our company, and make it the last stop in your career. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by. Send your resume to:

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Universal Robots Introduces New Leasing Program

Get ready to grow, compete and profit by increasing automation. 

Automating with Collaborative Robots just got easier. 

The new leasing program from Universal Robots enables all manufacturers, regardless of size, budgets or cash reserves to take advantage of the value, flexibility and competitive advantage made possible by collaborative automation. 


Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Machine Vision Workshop Coming to Naperville on Wednesday, February 5, 2020

FPE Automation's popular Machine Vision Concepts: Cognex EasyBuilder Programming one-day workshop will be at Cognex Corporation's Naperville location on Wednesday, February 5, 2020



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.

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! 


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 from their time spent with the vision gurus at FPE Automation and Cognex.

Lunch is provided. Advance registration required. Dates are subject to change. Please check our website for availability. Class space is limited. Class requirements: Bring your own Windows-based laptop.


 Cognex Corporation

     800 E. Diehl Rd. #125
     Naperville, IL 60563