How To Choose The Best Linear Motion Solutions For Your Applications

Posted September 2, 2014 by gerardheng
Categories: Innovative-IDM

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Hi, my name is Jack Marsh with innovative IDM and I’d like to talk a little bit about the different ways there are to produce motion to move stuff back and forth in industrial applications.

People often ask “what is the best technology for me to use in my application?”

Should I be using a ball screw? Should I be using a belt drive? Should I be using a rack and pinion?What about linear motors? and my answer to them, really is “it doesn’t matter.”

The important thing for you to decide, is what is your application? What do you need out of the solution and there’s really four things you need to focus on.

One: What is the overall travel, how far do you need to move your load?

Two: What kinda time frame do you need to do that in? Does it need to get from point A to point B in 10 seconds? Or does it need to get from point A to point B in a tenth of a second.

Very big difference.

The third thing is how much weight is getting moved? If it’s a few grams or a couple tons that naturally is going to point you to different technologies for the solution.

The last thing to consider is the precision. If you’re dealing with getting from point A to point B and stopping within a 1/16th or 1/8th of an inch, well that’s going to be a very different solution then needing to get there and stop to a micron level precision.

So once you’ve defined those four things, travel, time, weight and precision. Manufacturers already have the solutions mapped out for you.

The easiest thing to do is go to the catalogs take a look at the information that’s available there’s almost always a matrix of the different solutions and based on that criteria of precision, travel, weight you get to pick what you want.

So, it doesn’t really matter whether its a belt drive or ball screw as long as it meets what you need in your application. it’s going to work for you.

If you’d like to get this information from Parker please visit our website at http://InnovativeIDM.com and keep in mind that Innovative IDM is the home of the legendary customer experience.

Buzz Welcomes Anna Patino to Innovative-IDM

Posted August 29, 2014 by Vanessa Muse
Categories: employees, Innovative-IDM

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Please join Buzz in welcoming Anna Patino to to the Innovative-IDM Dallas Warehouse team. Anna started with Innovative three months ago through a staffing agency and has definitely impressed us with her work ethic and attention to detail. She has embraced all of Innovative’s values and culture and has officially joined our team/family.  We look forward to seeing her contributions and growth within the company.

Buzz Welcomes Anna Patino to Innovative-IDM

Yet….another happy customer

Posted August 28, 2014 by Pepper Hastings
Categories: customer service

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Stephen Weatherley, our Houston branch manager, received this email from one of Innovative-IDM’s Houston customers. Yes, we aim to please.

From: Daniel
Sent: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 2:41 PM
To: Stephen Weatherley
Cc: Brandt King
Subject: Innovative Sales Support – Brandt King

Stephen,

I wanted to take a minute to say Arc Specialties appreciates the support we get form your sales team as a whole. In particular Outside Sales, Brandt King. He is responsive and recently was instrumental in helping one of my Electrical Designers source and spec in a light curtain system. The system he brought to the table was a better option, more inexpensive and mostly saved us on lead time. We all know you can`t put a price on time during these busy months. We look forward to future projects and continued support from Innovative.

Daniel, Purchasing Manager

5 Reasons You Need An Industrial Preventive Maintenance Plan

Posted August 26, 2014 by gerardheng
Categories: customer service, Electronics Repair, field service, Innovative Automation, Innovative-IDM, marketing, Product Application, UL508A Panel Shop, Yaskawa

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Hi, I’m Lonnie Muse with Innovative IDM in a perfect world things work all the time, they never break, you never have problems.

Unfortunately, you and I are not in a perfect world. Whether it be our car, washing machine or home air conditioning, our kids bike or a plant; things are going to break. What we want to do is catch it before it breaks.

Like our car for instance; you change the oil on a regular basis, you change the tires on a regular basis. That’s so you don’t have the issue of a flat tire when you least expect it.

Murphy will strike every single time. The same effects happen in a plant. You have machines that run 24/7 sometimes and if we don’t have maintenance on those machines they will break.

One of the reasons to have a maintenance program is its cost-effective. That’s also the thing that keeps it from happening. Cost seems to be an issue.

In my experience cost has never been an issue when the machines broke. But it’s always an issue when the machine is running.

So, we have to take those factors into consideration. Studies show its more cost effective to do preventive or predictive or maintenance on a machine to improve its long-term reliability.

Improve its long-term reliability, you catch problems before they actually happen. The way to do that and catching the problem is do visual checks. To do air tests to make sure the flow of air coming in and out of panels is correct and the heat is being dissipated.

Because that’s one of the killers for a lot of machines. We’re doing temperature checks again to check the heat. Check voltages on things that change over time.

By doing this you reduce the risk of the machine going down. If you reduce the risk, you reduce the cost.

Because its costly to have a downed machine especially when the production is a hot job for a customer that needs to go out right now and the machine is now down and its going to take time to fix it.

Also, having a maintenance program is flexible allows you to determine when that machine can be offline and for how long. Because murphy strikes and it breaks, you don’t have to choice.

Also this maintenance can help you understand what the spares needed are. Spares management, replace things before they break when they need it and they’re aging or slowing down or not working well is a lot better than when they fail.

We’d like to help with that and your maintenance plan. We’d be happy to come and look at your machines; help you develop one, help you work at one.

Another cost effective thing that you can do is outsource the people that are coming into do the program. We could be those people for you.

For more information just go to InnovativeIDM.com look under field
service, you can also give me a call at our office or one of the field service managers will be happy to talk with you.

After all, we’re the home of the legendary customer experience.

Buzz Welcomes Lamar Cheatham to Innovative-IDM

Posted August 25, 2014 by Vanessa Muse
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Please join Buzz in welcoming Lamar Cheatham to Innovative-IDM!  Before coming to Innovative, Lamar worked for OMK Tube in Sheldon, Texas and he attended Houston Community College. In his spare time, he loves to go fishing.

Buzz Welcomes Lamar Cheatham to Innovative-IDM

July LCS Winners Revisited!

Posted August 22, 2014 by cyrusjahani
Categories: customer service, employees, Innovative Automation, Innovative-IDM, Legendary Customer Service Act of the Week, Legendary Customer Service Team Winners

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Blue Moon Friday wins Legendary Customer Service Cup in July

It’s halfway through the month and we wanted to revisit last month’s customer service team winners – Blue Moon Friday!!

It was a tough race but these Legendary individuals were able to pull through to win a Free Team Lunch on the company and a half day off. The LCS cup has become a very competitive competition here at Innovative IDM but through peer recognized Legendary Acts this team took the cup.

“You ain’t nothing on my Thank You cards!!”

Team Tulsa hosts their first SMC training

Posted August 21, 2014 by Vanessa Muse
Categories: customer service, Innovative-IDM, SMC

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The training room at Innovative-IDM Tulsa was full again last week with customers enjoying SMC Basic and Electro Pneumatics classes. Legendary trainer Raul Gonzalez of SMC, sharing his expertise and humor, always gets rave reviews. Interested in equipment training? Check out http://www.innovativeidm.com/training for our current training schedule.

Team Tulsa hosts their first SMC Pneumatics training class


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