HPE Automation originally started in business as Hydraulic & Pneumatic Engineering in 1980. Our primary mission at that time was helping customers design advanced hydraulic systems for heavy duty equipment. The market in Florida began to change for us from heavier duty equipment to high tech manufacturing. We, therefore, changed our focus to advanced industrial automation and also changed our name to HPE Automation Corp. HPE is the oldest and largest distributor for SMC Pneumatics in Florida and one of the oldest in the United States. At the time we began selling SMC products, they had a very small product offering. Today, SMC is the largest pneumatic manufacturer in the world. Over the years we have selectively added additional lines: Intelligent Actuator, manufacturer of electric actuators and robots, Cognex, the world's most advanced machine vision company, and 80/20, manufacturer of aluminum extrusions used to build machine frames and guarding systems. HPE is proud to additionally represent a number of other fine companies that allow us to bring a complete automation solution to our customers. You won't see hundreds of product lines on our line sheet. It is our belief that having a thorough knowledge on a reasonable number of product lines serves our customers much better than having little knowledge on a long list of lines.