Wednesday, June 30, 2021

FPE Automation's Joe Judge and Joey Bardos Receive PHD Top Performer Award

FPE Automation's Joe Judge and Joey Bardos Receive PHD Top Performer Award for June 2021

FPE Automation would like to congratulate "team Joseph" this month for recognition received from PHD Inc. 

Joe Judge provided PHD's clamps and linear slides to a packaging machinery builder. Joey Bardos helped a customer in the food & related products industry with a custom solution involving a unique modular device. 

Both applications provided advantages to the respective companies that were worthy of this appreciation. The customers agreed, which is the best part! 

Companies like yours are becoming more profitable, streamlining operations, doing more with less and running more consistently with technology like this. We'd like to help you do the same. Please don't hesitate to reach out to FPE Automation to have a conversation about how you might benefit from technology like this. 

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

You're Invited: FPE Automation's In-person Machine Loading ActiNav Open House with Universal Robots

Attend an in-person Collaborative Machine Loading ActiNav Open House with FPE Automation and Universal Robots!

Focus on Productivity: ActiNav

At this event, you're the VIP - select the time slot that works best for you, and get a front-row seat to watch the live demos in person. Interact with the collaborative robots (cobots), and also with an expert to answer all your questions about:

  • Autonomous bin picking
  • Cobot machine loading
  • ActiNav and productivity

Don't miss this special one-day event at FPE Automation's state-of-the-art Training & Technology Center in Elk Grove Village, on Tuesday, July 13, 2021

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Mobile Industrial Robots Introduces the All-new MiR250+Hook

New product release from MiR

Introducing the MiR250+Hook Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR)

The MiR250 Hook is a user-friendly and efficient mobile robot solution consisting of the MiR250 AMR and the MiR Hook 250 top module for fully automated pick-up and towing of carts in production, logistics and healthcare environments.

This versatile solution can collect carts at different heights, so there is no need to modify your

existing carts or your layout when you are implementing the MiR250 Hook.

Like the other popular MiR+Hook products, the  MiR250+Hook has all of these advantages: 

  • Collects and delivers an unlimited number of carts of different sizes
  • Versatile solution that requires no modification of existing carts
  • Robust design ensuring long product life
  • Efficient reversing, all-round navigation, docking features
  • High performance for optimized transportation of carts
  • More power and traction for increased pull-force and performance

Plus these new improvements:

  • Better protection of cables
  • Better protection of electronic components
  • Stronger base structure
  • Optimized traction kit for pulling carts (bogie & top module)
  • Eye bolts for lifting
  • 25% increased “pull force”*

PDF Download/View the 1-page Brochure/Tech Specs

The all-new MiR250+Hook, and all MiR products are available now at FPE Automation.

Mobile Industrial Robots

* When compared to the MiR200 Hook, due to better traction and power = 25% better control.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

FPE Automation Announces the Promotion of Joey Bardos to President

FPE Automation announced that Joey Bardos has been appointed President of the company. 

Joey Bardos will succeed David Bardos, who will continue his role as CEO. 

Left to right: Joey Bardos, Lori Wolff, David Bardos

FPE Automation was founded in 1963 by Richard Bardos, David's father and Joey's grandfather, along with Jim Murphy. The two were an ideal team; Richard was an intellectual and a brilliant strategist, and Jim was a magnetic, charming and dynamic individual, gifted in sales.

"The business philosophy back then is still the same as it is today," David told employees when announcing Joey's promotion, "The most important assets our company has are the employees, customers and suppliers. [Richard Bardos and Jim Murphy] fully understood that success comes from the sum of all the parts of the organization." 

As we entered the 1980s, David, along with his sister (Richard's daughter) Lori Wolff, joined the company full-time. Lori’s accounting background as a CPA and David's experience in sales was again the perfect combination for the next generation taking the helm of the business. "I couldn’t have asked for a better business partner," said David Bardos. "Lori is a major part of our success. Both of us spent years watching and learning from our father and adopting his philosophy of business, ethics, and quite simply, doing the right thing for all parties involved."

Like all companies associated with American manufacturing, the company has survived through challenging times. Fast forward to today, and FPE Automation is positioned very well in their market space. They have always represented the best product lines and have been fortunate to have an exceptional team of people. Under David's leadership, the company weathered some of those industry challenges by being a provider of solutions, not just off-the-shelf products. David put it this way; "We do whatever it takes to, not only take care of our valued customers but to also assist them in being more profitable and more competitive in the markets they serve."

David concluded with these words: "It has been the honor of my lifetime serving as President of this company. Like my father did before me, it is time to pass the baton to the next generation. It is my pleasure to announce the promotion of Joey Bardos to President of FPE Automation.  Like myself,  Joey has learned from the best; he understands our core principles and is primed and ready for the task ahead of him.  Joey will build on the great team we already have in place and continue the legacy. I will serve as Chief Executive Officer and continue to assist in any way I can."

Joey will be transitioning into his new role right away. He is grateful for all of the congratulations and best wishes he is receiving in response to the announcement, and added: "I am looking forward to building off our strong foundation and taking FPE to the next level with the strong team we have."