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.

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