Wednesday, June 27, 2018

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)

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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.



Tuesday, June 19, 2018

New MiR500 Collaborative Industrial Robot

A bigger, stronger and faster MiR

Developed to meet the needs of your customers
The MiR500 is what you have been waiting for. It is an extremely robust robot designed perfectly industrial environments. With a payload of up to 500 kg, the robot autonomously transports pallets using the MIR500 Pallet Lift.  You can also choose to design you own top modules to serve your specific needs, all with the same user-friendly interface as other MiR robots.

The MiR500 will be ready for shipment starting October 1st.

With the MiR500 we once again are setting new standards for how companies can use autonomous mobile robots. As you know, we continuously invest in product development to maintain our status as the leading global supplier of mobile robots. Please welcome our latest innovation and get ready to boost your business.

We are ready - I really hope you are too.

Best regards,
Thomas Visti

Watch MiR500

Meet MiR500 

The new MiR500 joins the MiR100 and MiR200 to form a complete fleet of flexible and easy-to-program MiR robots for both heavy and light transport that can optimize logistics throughout the entire production chain, from the warehouse to the delivery of goods.

With a lifting capacity of 500 kg (1102 lbs) it can automatically collect, transport and deliver pallets with speeds of nearly 7.2 kilometers (4.5 miles) per hour. The high speed of the MiR500 streamlines pallet transport in all types of companies and frees up employees so they can carry out more valuable activities.

Safe and efficient maneuvering
The collaborative MIR500 safely maneuvers around people and physical obstacles. With its advanced technology and sophisticated software, the robot autonomously navigates to find the most efficient path to its destination. When it meets obstacles, it will automatically re-route to avoid costly lags in logistics processes. MiR500 is equipped with the latest laser-scanning technology that delivers a 360-degree visual for optimal safety. 3D cameras have a range of 0-3.5 meters above floor level to detect pallets as well as identify and avoid floor openings such as stairwells.

Optimize Euro-pallet transportation without changing facility layout
There is no need to change facility layout for the MiR500 as the function of wires, magnets or QR codes is replaced by sophisticated navigation software. Simply download CAD files of the facility to the robot or use its laser scanners to create a map - that’s all it takes to ensure a fast and cost-efficient implementation.

A robust robot for the industry
MiR500 is compliant with ISO/EN 13849 and fulfills the EMC requirement for industrial and light industrial use. The rugged MiR500 is designed for industry use with a robust exterior that can withstand dropped cargo and can easily navigate up and down ramps and even through shallow water puddles.

Highly user friendly and flexible
The user-friendly MiR500 gives you full control of the robot from the very start. MiR500 is controlled with the intuitive MiR Robot Interface via smartphone, tablet or PC, and can be programmed without any prior experience. The robot can also be integrated into your ERP system for a fully automated solution.

With the ability to quickly and easily integrate different top modules, the MiR500 can be equipped with pallet forks, conveyors, a robot arm or other options to support a wide range of applications.

The user interface matches that used in the MiR100 and MiR200, which already optimize production processes in many of the world’s biggest multinational companies such as Airbus, Flex, Honeywell, Hitachi and Danone. The difference is the MiR500’s size, lifting capacity and areas of application.

Download the
MiR500 brochure

Download the
MiR500 data sheet

Download the MiR500 Pallet Lift data sheet

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

110 Gordon Street | Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 | 847-364-7455