Wednesday, October 31, 2018

FPE Introduces Metaphase

FPE Automation's new partnership with Metaphase: A perfect fit for both companies.

By: Sandia Harrison, Marketing Manager

We're pleased to announce a brand new alliance with the Metaphase Lighting Technologies - offering the world's largest selection of LED illumination. 

I had the opportunity to see Metaphase in action last week at the 2018 Collaborative Robots, Advanced Vision & AI Conference (CRAV). There, I chatted with their team. It's truly amazing what there is to know about lighting. Anyone involved with machine vision know's its both complex... and key to the success of the implementation and accuracy. Here is my take-away from the conversations I had there:

Metaphase has the largest catalog in the industry, offering the best selection of products anywhere. They can also create custom lighting and additional sizes without the usual hassle of going through a lengthy design process. In fact, I got the clear impression that it is their flexibility that sets them apart from other lighting manufacturers. 

Metaphase lighting is currently in use in some of the most advanced vision systems in the world. They are award-winning in their excellence and innovation. 

They are enthusiastic and excited about lighting. I'm energized by their knowledge and enthusiasm for their products, and eager to for our valued clients to have the opportunity to work with Metaphase. I know you will be pleased! 

Murr IO-Link Solutions

Introducing IO-Link from Murrelektronik
Eliminates device configuration from the shop floor. 
Simplifies integration like never before.

The new IODD On Board technology by Murrelektronik allows you to store your sensor/actuator parameter data, eliminating the need for manual settings or special tools. 

This greatly simplifies matters. Up to now, every new IO-Link device had to be integrated into the software individually, a time-consuming process. 
Now, device parameterization can be done ahead of time,  in the office, and no longer needs to be performed on the spot, during machine commissioning on the shop floor.

Multiple devices can be configured too, using copy + paste. 

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

3D Pick & Place and Part Identification with AI

Visual Guidance at FPE Automation

With visual guidance, random parts and images can be identified so that the part can be targeted. The applications are nearly infinite. It's not an overstatement to say visual guidance the most eagerly-awaited technology since the invention of the collaborative robot, or cobot.

Here's what we have to offer.

The introduction of two new partnerships:

Canon's 3D Machine Vision System (RV-Series) is a high speed image recognition system designed to work with robot arms. Employing Canon proprietary digital imaging technologies, the RV1100/RV500/RV300 serves as the “eyes” of industrial robots. Through cutting-edge image-recognition, data-processing and optical technologies, the systems is capable of 3D recognition of production-line parts randomly assembled in a pile. It can even accurately recognize parts with complex shapes and parts with few distinguishing features. 
Recognition Robotics
CortexRecognition®, RAIORobeye®, Lucana and 11 patents for visual guidance. Developed to mimic the human visual process, the software uses a unique algorithm that gives production robots the ability to view, recognize and locate pre-determined parts. In any situation where an object needs to be grabbed using a robotic arm, our software can be taught to see it, recognize it, then grab it every time - no matter the object’s position or orientation.

FPE Automation's best-in-class lineup of products to work with this technology... and the industry's top talent on our team to help you implement it. 

Universal Robots
The world's #1 collaborative robot recently introduced their new eSeries.

The world's largest manufacturer of industrial SCARA and Pick & Place robots.

An industry leader of plug + play adaptive grippers made for collaborative robots.

End-of-arm tooling for collaborative robots, including grippers and hex force torque sensors.

Small, powerful and flexible, Piab's Kenos® KCS vacuum gripper, and their UR-certified piCOBOT can handle just about anything, anywhere, even difficult-to-grip parts.
Featuring a wide variety of Robosuits® to protect your cobot in harsh environments. RoboWorld's Pendant Armor products are durable cases for teach pendants. 

Product Videos:

Recognition Robotics put it very well when they called the emerging visual guidance industry "category-shifting".  The technology is truly revolutionary. These videos will quickly bring you up to speed with what's happening in the industry. They're worth a minute or two of viewing time. Check them out! 

We're here to help.

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.