Friday, September 25, 2020

You can get a 100% tax credit for automation equipment put in place before the end of the year.

Year-end Tax Incentives: Automation can be a game-changer for your business.

Per Section 179 of the Internal Revenue Code, U.S. businesses are allowed to take a 100% tax deduction for qualified equipment and off-the-shelf software that is put into service by December 31. For a lot of companies, Q4 is typically a time to do an internal audit to make sure all available incentives are leveraged. Incentives like these have already resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in tax credits for American manufacturers.

Whether it is collaborative or industrial robots, vision systems, safety equipment, temperature screening or other COVID-related precautions, or other equipment, FPE Automation can help you put the latest innovations in place that you need to operate more efficiently. But hurry, even with efficient manufacturing and short lead times, there isn’t much time left in the year. 

Year-end Tax Credits: 100% Deduction for Automation Equipment 

You may have heard that it is less than that. That may be because, prior to the enactment of TCJA, businesses could deduct only 50% of the value of the equipment in year one. The good news? Now businesses can take advantage of the 100% bonus depreciation on qualified property through 2022.

Businesses making capital purchases can take advantage of this opportunity to cut their tax liability in year one, and reinvest the savings into the business at a faster rate. FPE Automation can help you with the automation equipment. Contact us for details. Your qualified tax professional can help you with the rest, or we can put you in contact with one of our trusted partners to help you get started. Watch the related video here.

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Friday, September 18, 2020

FPE is the winner of the 2020 Robotiq Expert Partner award.

Robotiq, a global manufacturer of plug and play components and end-of-arm tooling for collaborative robots, and a UR+ partner has named FPE Automation as an expert partner for 2020. 

Jomy Vadakumpadam, Automation Controls Division Manager, accepted the award on behalf of FPE Automation. “Robotiq has proven to be an equally excellent partner with FPE Automation this year" he said. "We were able to overcome several of the hurdles are all facing in today’s business climate thanks to their sales & engineering support.”


"This award is a true accomplishment on a few different levels." added Sandia Harrison, Director of Marketing. "FPE Automation's talented automation controls team has done truly cutting-edge work in the field of collaborative robotics this year. Coming from an end-of-arm-tooling industry leader like Robotiq, it is an honor to receive this. Even more so in a year where the business and economic climate is so uncertain. Companies everywhere are turning to cobots to compensate for labor shortages, and to keep employees and their working environment safe. This shows the positive impact that can have. At FPE Automation, we are confident that our partnership with Robotiq will only continue to grow. We're so grateful to accept this expert partner award."

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Is it better to manage a robotic or vision implementation in-house, or bring in outside resources to assist your team?

For Robotic and Vision Implementations: Choose your project manager, based on the complexity of your implementation.

With robotic integrations becoming more and more straightforward, you may opt to handle the project. If you don’t have the resources in-house, or the time, you can choose to rely on FPE Automation for expert assistance.

For more complex applications, or when there is already a turnkey solution out there that is right for you, FPE Automation has established relationships with certified systems integrators (CSIs) who can offer even more, in terms of possibilities.

We can help you decide. Visit to answer a short questionnaire, or download the whitepaper to get started. 


Thursday, September 3, 2020

Automation in the Food and Beverage Industry

Automation and Food Safety: A New Video Explains How the Experts at FPE Automation Can Help

Today's food processing involves a careful balance. Keeping things clean is the number one concern in food and beverage processing operations, because food safety is crucial. Machine designers have to incorporate components that meet industry standards and comply with important regulations.

Safety is the most important consideration, by a longshot. Still, efficiency can't be overlooked. In order for companies in the food and beverage industry to stay competitive, there is also a constant drive for smarter automation, faster turnaround and less downtime. That's where FPE Automation can help. FPE Automation can help your design engineers in their effort to balance the need for safety, and the need for efficiency. We can help you streamline your processes. So, while you are protecting against corrosion, making sure you have washdown capabilities and can effectively prevent bacterial growth, we can also help you operate faster, with greater accuracy and less maintenance. We can help you automate with smart electric actuators, IMA Food Grade Servo, clean conveyors and other advanced technology. FPE Automation also has a wide array of the food-grade components you need every day, like stainless steel fittings and ball valves, hygienic guarding, washdown actuators and many more products that are compliant with OSHA safety standards. For safer, smarter food and beverage automation, FPE Automation has you covered!