FPE Automation Tech Expo - Next Level Manufacturing

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Next Level Manufacturing on Display in Arlington Heights, Illinois on October 15  Cutting Edge Robotics and Industrial Automation at Tech Expo for Manufacturers and Local Business Owners   FPE Automation, an Elk Grove Village, Illinois based company established in 1963, will be hosting a Tech Expo, where the high-tech industrial products will be on display, including collaborative robotics, AI/deep learning, vision systems, motion control, I/O link, bin picking, robotic machine tending & palletizers. It is a well-known fact that the way we manufacture products in the United States, and around the world, is experiencing never-before-seen growth and innovation. These are today’s industry’s hottest products, and they will be on display. Attendees will be able to see all of that, and more, at FPE Automation’s Tech Expo, called “Next Level Manufacturing”, a one-day-only event taking place at the DoubleTree by Hilton-Chicago in Arlington Heights, Illinois on Tuesday, October 15, 2019. Leaders in industrial automation like Cognex, Universal Robots, Epson, Canon, Panasonic, Omron, MAC Valves, Bimba, Piab, Tolomatic, Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR), PHD Inc., Soft Robotics, Robotiq, QC Conveyors, Murrelektronik, Iris Custom Solutions, Fusion Systems, Asyril and Vention will all be in attendance with live demos and products on display. In addition, special breakout sessions will take place throughout the day. The breakout sessions will cover some of today’s most important topics, like machine safety, smart factory automation and solving workforce labor shortages with robotics. Everyone in attendance will have the option of spending some time off the show floor, acquiring knowledge they can take back to their workplace. “The enthusiasm for this year’s event is extremely high,” said Joey Bardos, FPE Automation’s Director of Sales, “with the introduction of many cutting-edge technologies that will allow our customers to be more productive and profitable. We look forward to sharing these intriguing technologies with manufacturers from all over Illinois”. Regional Sales Director of exhibitor Universal Robots’ Americas Division, Stu Shepherd, looks forward to sharing the collaborative robot (cobot) experience with Tech Expo attendees: "UR will have a large presence at FPE's Tech Expo, showcasing the popular blue-jointed cobot arms in their own booth, in FPE Automation’s booth, and with certified systems integrators Fusion OEM and IRIS Custom Solutions. We anticipate many hands-on, eye-opening demos at the booths," he says. "The beauty of the UR cobots is the ability for attendees to walk right up and program a robot to move in a couple of minutes. It's always fun to see the light bulb come on when booth visitors quickly realize how these cobots could benefit their own manufacturing settings." “My favorite thing about this event,” said Sandia Harrison, Director of Marketing for FPE Automation, “is to watch the attendees come to the realization that the latest, cutting-edge innovations are actually within their reach. In fact, automation often makes much better business sense. It is far from ‘one size fits all’. From the smallest, all the way up to the largest, most sophisticated manufacturing facility, there are definitely ways you can leverage automation to streamline your operations. We present the technology in a relaxed and casual setting, with fun activities and prizes, and a delicious lunch is served. The Tech Expo is for everyone who manufactures products. If that describes you, then we encourage you to stop by. I believe you’ll be extremely glad you did!” “Bimba is excited to join FPE’s Tech Expo”, Molly Lynch, exhibitor Bimba Manufacturing’s Midwest Regional Sales Manager, told us. “It’s a great opportunity to network and help engineers solve their automation challenges using our products.” The event is free to attend; register in advance. More about the FPE Automation Tech Expo: Next Level Manufacturing, as well as a registration link, can be found here: www.fpeautomation.com/techexpo   About FPE Automation Headquartered in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, FPE Automation is a full-service, award-winning, stocking distributor of premier components for industry. A family owned business since 1963, FPE has provided best-in-class products and solutions for manufacturing applications, ranging from automation controls and vision systems to pneumatic products. The company prides itself on the thousands of decades-long relationships they have with their customers, suppliers and employees. FPE Automation's coverage area includes Illinois, the Quad Cities, Iowa area and the greater St. Louis region (including some surrounding Missouri counties). For more information, please visit www.fpeautomation.com   About the Companies in Attendance (Exhibitors) Universal Robots, (NASDAQ) TER, (www.universal-robots.com) is the world’s largest manufacturer of collaborative robots. They have sold more than 37,000 collaborative robots to date, which are used in several thousand production environments around the world. Collaborative robots can perform repetitive and boring, dangerous and dirty tasks. They can also perform machine tending, pick and place, injection molding, packaging & palletizing, assembly, polishing and sanding and more. Epson Robots, (OTCMKTS) SEKEY, is a global leader in PC controlled precision factory automation, with an installed base of well over 85,000 robots worldwide and a product line of hundreds of models of easy to use SCARA, Cartesian and 6-Axis robots based on a common PC based platform. Building on a 35-year heritage, Epson Robots today delivers robots for precision assembly and material handling applications in the aerospace, appliance, automotive, biotechnology, consumer product, electronics, food processing, medical device, pharmaceutical, plastics, semiconductor, and telecommunication industries. For more information, visit www.epsonrobots.com MAC Valves (www.macvalves.com) manufactures pneumatic air valves with special, patented technology that makes their product superior. Industries that use their highly engineered solutions are too numerous to mention, and include material handling, processing, transportation, carpet & textile, tile and rubber, printing, power generation, medical, automotive, electronics, cement/concrete, primary metals, dust collection and more. MAC Valves has popular I/O link products as well. Cognex Corporation, (NASDAQ) CGNX (www.cognex.com) is a leading American manufacturer of machine vision systems, software and sensors used in automated manufacturing to inspect and identify parts, detect defects, verify product assembly, and guide assembly robots. Cognex ViDi is the first deep learning-based image analysis software designed specifically for factory automation. It is a field-tested, optimized and reliable software solution based on a state-of-the-art set of algorithms in Machine Learning. Bimba Manufacturing (www.bimba.com) is a, Illinois-based, leading US manufacturer of pneumatic, hydraulic, and electric actuators and cylinders, vacuum products; and a variety of other safety and production solutions.  Piab (www.piab.com) provides smart vacuum/cup solutions for the automated world, helping thousands of end users and machine producers in e-commerce logistics, food, pharma, automotive and other manufacturing industries to improve energy-efficiency, productivity and working environments. With almost 500 employees and SEK 1.2 bn in sales 2018, Piab is a global organization, serving customers in almost 70 countries from a network of subsidiaries and distributors. By leveraging the ongoing technological development in automation and robotics, and targeting high-growth segments and geographies, Piab's vision is to become the global leader in gripping and moving solutions. For over 60 years, Tolomatic (www.tolomatic.com) has specialized in linear motion. Tolomatic designs and manufacturers linear actuators in both electric and pneumatic technologies for a wide variety of industrial automation applications. Their ServoWeld® line of electric servo linear actuators are designed specifically for robotic resistance spot welding and offer superior reliability, weld quality and speed with the lowest lifetime cost. Other product offerings include a full line of electric rodless actuators, servo and stepper motion controls. Tolomatic prides itself in providing the best service and support with industry-leading delivery schedules. Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR), (NASDAQ) TER, (www.mobile-industrial-robots.com), headquartered in Odense, Denmark, was founded in 2013 by veterans of the Danish robotics industry. MiR develops and markets the most advanced collaborative autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) for industrial applications for small-task indoor transportation of items in the manufacturing and healthcare markets. Both the MiR company and the AMRs it manufactures are award-winning. Due to the popularity of their autonomous, collaborative mobile robots, and their ability to streamline internal logistics, MiR experienced explosive growth in its early years, with a 400% increase in sales in 2015-2016 alone. Rapid growth has continued as MiR developed sought-after products, such as more robust AMRs capable of pallet handling. PHD Inc. (www.phdinc.com) designs and manufactures pneumatic, electric, and hydraulic actuators including cylinders, clamps, grippers, slides and more for industrial automation. PHD, Inc. has been creating cutting-edge industrial automation solutions since 1957. Today, their expansive product line has become one of the industry’s gold standards PHD offers a diverse spectrum of built-to-need actuators, OEM drop-in components, electric actuators, specialty work holding clamps, and motion control robots. Long life and superior design have become hallmarks of the PHD brand. From single actuators to multi-unit systems, PHD prides itself in creating total solutions for virtually any application requirement, complete with prompt delivery and dedicated support. Omron Industrial Automation, (OTCMKTS) OMRNY, (www.ia.omron.com) is an industry leader in safety, sensing and control technology, enabling manufacturers to operate with greater productivity and streamlined efficiency. Panasonic, (OTCMKTS) PCRFY, (www.na.industrial.panasonic.com) is a multi-national corporation. Their industrial automation product group offers total automation solution products that include PLCs, human machine interfaces, sensors, static control devices, laser markers, servo motors, temperature controllers, timers, hour-meters, counters, limit switches and other factory automation components.  Soft Robotics (www.softroboticsinc.com) is a Massachusetts-based company that designs and builds soft robotic gripping systems and automation solutions that can grasp and manipulate items of varying size, shape and weight. Today, the company is a global enterprise solving previously off-limits automation challenges for customers in food & beverage, advanced manufacturing and e-commerce. Soft Robotics’ engineers are building an ecosystem of robots, control systems, data and machine learning to enable the workplace of the future. Robotiq’s (www.robotiq.com) mission is to free human hands from repetitive tasks. Their Plug + Play components for collaborative robots that are easy to use even for individuals who don’t have any background in robotics. Their innovative end-of-arm tooling is UR+ certified and can eliminate changeovers & reduce tooling costs. QC Conveyors (www.qcconveyors.com), a Duravant Company, is an Ohio-based manufacturer of reliable conveyor systems. With over 35 years of expertise, QC Industries is the leader in low profile belt conveyors with a range of innovative products that outlast and outperform the competition. Products include Automation Series conveyors with a rigid aluminum frame and Industrial Series conveyors with a strong, single-piece steel frame. QC Industries' conveyors are used in a wide range of applications, including food and beverage, packaging, automation, assembly, stamping, pharmaceutical/medical and material handling. Murrelektronik (www.murrelektronik.com) manufactures power supplies, cordsets and IO systems to decentralize automation systems in machines and applications. IRIS Custom Solutions (www.iriscs.com) is a Universal Robots preferred system integrator. They manufacture custom solutions, as well as an innovative collaborative-robot based palletizer that can easily automate the process for your company. Fusion Systems, Inc. (www.fusionoem.com) is Universal Robots preferred system integrator that manufactures a variety of products that work with Universal Robots, including a CNC machine tending complete turnkey solution starting at $68,900 that includes delivery, installation, and training. Canon, (NYSE) CAJ, (www.usa.canon.com/internet/portal/us/home/explore/product-showcases/industrial-products/3d-machine-vision-system) is a multinational corporation specializing in the manufacture of imaging and optical products. They manufacture a 3D machine vision system designed to work with a robot to perform bin picking and other operations. It functions as an eye, to capture images of target parts randomly placed in a bin. It can quickly, easily and reliably determine the best option, then guide the robot on how to approach, pick, and place the part for its destination. Asyril (www.asyril.com) offers high performance flexible feeding solutions for parts and components up to 40mm in size, including their award-winning series of Asycube flexible feeders. Vention (www.vention.io) is the first and only digital manufacturing platform for machine design. It enables engineers to design, order and commission custom industrial equipment as fast as 3 days; transforming complex engineering projects, into simple e-commerce experiences. Vention makes quality stands and extruded systems for Universal Robots and other robotic applications. Customers include many global and Fortune 500 organizations.     To learn more about FPE Automation, please visit: http://www.fpeautomation.com. You may also connect with FPE Automation on Facebook (facebook.com/fpeautomation), Twitter (twitter.com/fpeautomation), YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC42NAgE4YJVXtYlIyVt3IrA/), LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/fpeautomation) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/fpeautomation)