Thursday, April 23, 2020

FPE Toolbox Explainer Series Webinar: Dust Collection with MAC Valves

FPE Toolbox Explainer Series Webinar: Dust Collection with MAC Valves

MAC Valves pulse valve expert Anthony Bonadio explains how manufacturers are replacing 60-year-old dust collection systems with new technology that is proven to be more effective and robust, more energy efficient, more reliable and offer a quick ROI. 

Live Q&A following the presentation.

Tuesday May 5, 2020 at 10:00 am CDT


Friday, April 17, 2020

Scott Massie Receives Spotlight Recognition as a Product Specialist for MAC Valves

It was announced today that FPE Automation Sales Manager, Scott Massie is in the spotlight!

Scott was recognized for his expertise with advanced MAC Valve technology like MAC's patentend bullet valves, their game-changing pulse valves, the MI/O-67 Fieldbus platform & BVIQ

If you've got an application, we've got one of the best there is to help you determine the best strategy or design. We can also call on the experts at MAC Valves to assist. We're happy to help. 

Congratulations to Scott Massie on this well-deserved acclaim! 

Monday, April 13, 2020

Universal Robots Announces ActiNav Autonomous Bin Picking Solution

Introducing ActiNav Autonomous Bin Picking by Universal Robots

ActiNav combines UR's market leading collaborative robots, a 3D sensor and autonomous robot motion control to solve unstructured bin picking and accurate placement for machine tending.

The ActiNav Autonomous Motion Module (AMM) synchronously handles vision processing, collision-free motion planning, and autonomous real-time robot control.
ActiNav Autonomous Motion enables:
  • Higher machine uptime with collision-free motion: Autonomous collision-free motion within its environment means fewer operator interventions and system restarts. The system takes care of the motion autonomously.
  • Less refilling with deep bins: Autonomous motion enables ActiNav to operate inside deep bins which hold more parts. That means systems can run unattended longer and require less filling. When the bin gets low on parts, it notifies workers by an alert light that it’s ready for more parts.
  • Accurate part placement: Machine tending requires parts to be accurately placed and oriented in the same way each time. The high-resolution sensor and CAD matching enable high accuracy picks. And the Autonomous Motion Module selects a robot pose that ensures the part is placed in the same way into a fixture each time. This is not pick and drop, this is accurate pick and part oriented placement.

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Friday, April 10, 2020

Industrial Grade Cough Guards and Protective Barriers are Available at FPE Automation

Industrial Cough Guards and Protective Panels

Protect your workers with custom made cough guards and safety panels made to fit.

More than ever before, we need to protect our essential employees who are risking their own health to serve our community in this time of need.
A physical barrier is an effective protective measure that can prevent the spread of airborne virus germs. An industrial grade barrier made by FPE Automation with Frame-World™ structural aluminum extrusions is substantially more rugged and will last longer than other cough guards.
Made to order. Any size/configuration is available.

  • Shop/Warehouse Floor
  • Workstation Dividers
  • Shop/Warehouse Floor
  • Front Counter/Office
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail
  • Medical



Tuesday, April 7, 2020

OnRobot Releases New Food Grade Robotic Soft Gripper

New from OnRobot:


  • Explore new possibilities for food and beverage, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals automation with certified food-grade soft gripper
  • Easily handle a wide array of irregular shapes and delicate objects with flexible silicon-molded gripper
  • Safely handle fragile and delicate objects for higher production quality and reduced waste
  • No external air supply means no dust, no noise, no complexity, and no additional costs
The new OnRobot SoftGripper is available with three interchangeable silicon-molded cups to handle a wide array of irregular shapes and delicate items, making it ideal for pick-and-place applications in food and beverage and other production applications such as cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, as well as manufacturing or packaging. The Soft Gripper comes with OnRobot’s revolutionary Quick Changer, a base unit, and silicon cups in star or finger versions for greater flexibility.

The Soft Gripper’s silicon cups are dishwasher-safe and comply with FDA 21 CFR (for non-fatty food items) and EC 1935/2004 for food handling. Maximum payload of 2.2 kg depends on shape, softness, and friction of items to be handled, and grip dimensions range from 11mm to 118mm, depending on cup used. 

Need a quote or more information? Please don't hesitate to contact us!