Innovative-IDM Makes INC 5000 List for 7th Time

Posted August 20, 2014 by Pepper Hastings
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It’s official and in print. Innovative-IDM has made the top 5000 fastest growing private companies for SEVEN OF THE LAST EIGHT YEARS. This award annually recognizes the fastest growing private companies in the United States. Innovative-IDM has grown revenue by 84% from 2010 to 2013.

This is a tribute to our customers and the many IIDMers who serve them.


How To Control High Voltage Spikes

Posted August 19, 2014 by gerardheng
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Hi, my name is Andy Lewis with Innovative IDM. A lot of the times when I’m out in the industrial sector, I find a lot of my customers have problems with transients aka surges, sags or swells. Generally, what occurs here is due to your utility company who provides a power factor correction.

Now, this can be done in a variety of ways. Switching due to time, temperature or it could be fixed based upon certain times of the day or temperature once again. Whenever this occurs this actually sends a spike throughout your electrical circuit through your service entrance down to your intermediary bus duct and right into your machines.

What does this cause? Parameter failure and or loss, plc reset and down time due to machines having to be restarted. This causes a lot of problems for production, lots of money, lots of time and headache.

There’s a couple of ways you can fix it actually, at the service entrance you can actually use a mov and selenium stack transient suppression unit. What this does is, the mov’s will take on the instantaneous voltage spike but it can’t handle it for too long because they’re self sacrificing.

What will happen then is there’s a handshake from the mov’s (metal oxide varistors) to the selenium stack which will handle the brute force of the transient. After that, you could actually have surge protection in a intermediary way at the bus duct which will include once again the mov’s and the selenium stack but once again, not in as large of a size.

Finally, at point of use you could actually use mov’s to help protect the machine from anything that’s come down stream already.

If you’d like more information on this please contact us at and remember Innovative IDM is the home of the legendary customer experience.



50 kids every 15 minutes…

Posted August 18, 2014 by britteray
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This is not the number of kids standing in line to ride a roller coaster. It’s the number of children who will arrive to receive school supplies collected, sorted and packaged by Metrocrest Services, Innovative-IDM and many other volunteers.

It was a privilege to spend the day with my fellow co-workers organizing and stuffing bags full of back-to-school goodies. Your donations of crayons, notebooks and other school supplies will be distributed to over 1,000 local students. Now that’s LEGEN-wait-for-it-DARY.

“I want to work for a company that contributes to and is part of the community. I want something not just to invest in. I want something to believe in.”  — Anita Roddick

I can proudly say I do work for a company that gives back to the community. Great job Innovators, you should be proud. We donated $480 in supplies plus the EXTRA LEGENDARY dollar-for-dollar match from IIDM president Gene Gray.

Back-to-School without Supplies? Not today…  – Britt Welch

Buzz Welcomes Bryan Hill to Innovative-IDM

Posted August 13, 2014 by Vanessa Muse
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Please join Buzz in welcoming Bryan Hill to the Houston Engineering Team. Bryan is originally from the Dallas area, having grown up in Irving. Bryan attended the University of Houston, where he earned his BS in Computer Engineering degree. Bryan spent the last few years working as a Software Engineer writing C software, PLC programs and programing microcontrollers. We are excited to have Bryan as part of our Engineering design team and are looking forward to the energy and confidence he will bring to the Innovative-IDM team.

Buzz Welcomes Bryan Hill to Innovative-IDM

Setting Up And Auto Tuning A Yaskawa Drive

Posted August 12, 2014 by gerardheng
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Hi! My name is Jack Marsh with Innovative IDM. Today I would like to talk about how to set up and auto tune a Yaskawa variable frequency drive. Users are often ask me when I am talking to them and visiting them about how do I configure and get this thing running. The manual, as you can see, can be quite large and intimidating, but it’s really a very simple device, that has very complicated uses if you want to make it that way.

The easiest way to start is to get one of these cheat sheets that Yaskawa provides. There is one for the Microdrive family, the V1000, there’s a couple more for the A1000 family because it’s a little higher featured. So there’s more operating modes. But using the cheat sheets, it walks you through how to wire the motor, the three or four simple parameters it wants you to use, and then the actual operation of setting up and auto tuning.

If you want a little more detail, you can always get the quick start guide where there are very simple flow charts you can use. It walks you through, step by step what you need to do to get the drive up and running- very simple. And if you needed to know everything possible about every perimeter there are the big, detailed complicated manuals that will tell you everything you need to know.

If you want to get copies of the cheat sheets, or the manuals, please contact us at Innovative Idm, where anyone you talk to will be able to get you the information, or get you to someone who can. If you want PDF copies, please go to our website at and download whatever you need. And remember, Innovative IDM is the home of the legendary customer experience.

Blue Moon Friday, Rises and Takes the LCS Cup for July

Posted August 8, 2014 by jesse021
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Blue Moon Friday wins Legendary Customer Service Cup in July

Team Blue Moon Friday: Ross Poste, Gina Arredondo, C.D. Oyeka, Stefan Peterson, Jarrod Yzaguirre, Elliot Austin; Lonnie Muse, Vitalii Sorochynskyi, JP Childress and Vanessa Adams (not pictured)

With LCS veteran Gina Arredondo leading the way it is no wonder team Blue Moon Friday were the Innovative IDM DFW LCS winners for the month of July. Gina is not afraid of calling out the competition, “what you got on my thank you cards!”  That’s the attitude that gets you the cup.
Blue Moon Friday now gets to enjoy a team lunch and a half day off on the house, a couple of the perks of winning the trophy.

Congratulations BMF on your team win!

Setting Traps During Work

Posted August 7, 2014 by Pepper Hastings
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I was walking through our contract manufacturing shop the other day and I decided to set a trap. I caught Stefan, one of our QC guys. Is this normal behavior? -ph




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