World’s First Spring Terminal for Conductor Cross-Sections up to 185 mm

Posted July 31, 2015 by Vanessa Muse
Categories: Innovative-IDM, New Product Release, Wago

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WAGO’s new Power Cage Clamp high-current terminal blocks make it possible to connect conductors with cross-sections up to 185 mm with spring pressure connection technology. They are vibration-proof and maintenance-free, without having to rely on preparation intensive bolts or clamping yoke connection technology. Not only does this save a lot of time during cabling, but the high contact forces ensure an optimal and gas-tight contact at all times.

WAGO high current terminal blocks

For more information or to order the new WAGO Power Cage Clamp high-current terminal blocks, contact Innovative-IDM at 877.906.2100 or email us at info@iidm.com

Team Slap Bracelets Unite! School Supply Drive.

Posted July 28, 2015 by britteray
Categories: Uncategorized

Are you too cool for school (supplies) or does school rule? Team Slap Bracelets united together for a fun lunch trip to buy  supplies for the Innovative-IDM School Supply Drive. We got rocks, paper and scissors for the donation box. We even got a little something for ourselves, a ruler, disguised as a slap bracelet, we rule(r)!

Join in the effort and let’s make a difference in someone’s life. Last day to donate, August 7.

~Anonymous

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How to Spec a Pneumatic Cylinder

Posted July 15, 2015 by Vanessa Muse
Categories: Innovative-IDM, SMC

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Specifying a pneumatic cylinder isn’t as hard as it might seem to be.  There are a lot of tidbits of information that goes into each and every cylinder, such as mounting.  Is it a clevis, a double clevis, is it a tie rod, is it an aluminum body, etc.  There are a lot of different variations and there are specials.  There are customized cylinders and many of our customers run into this all the time.  The OEM of the machine will specialize a cylinder, and it might be something as simple as a different type of metal in the rod.  It might be food grade oil in grease inside the cylinder.  So, often you are able to get a functional replacement without having to go through the pains of developing every single last piece of information that might be about that cylinder.  So, I’m going to give you a couple of quick ways to gather some information that you can hand over to your local IDM representative and we can go from there.

The cylinder: Is it double acting, meaning does it have two ports where air goes in one and out the other ?  Or is it single acting, meaning it’s going to have a spring in the back end which is actually going to push it back in.

Operating Environment: Is it harsh conditions – such as is this out in a concrete plant, inside in the AC, washed down, or is it around food? There are a lot of different changes in a cylinder that can happen based on that.

Operating Pressure: What are you regulating your pressure down to the cylinder through the valve, etc.  That gets right here to the cylinder.  This is also going to have an effect on how much force is required.  This is very important.  Let us know what type of operating pressure you’re using.

Force: How heavy is the object you are pushing?  How difficult is it?  How long does it take to actually reach the full stroke?  Etc.  All of that is very important to us.

Operating Speed: How quickly or often within a time period do you need to cycle through the cylinder?  All of this information is great and helps us give you a very quick quote and solution to your problem.

Tubing Size and Port Size

That’s it, that’s a cylinder.  If you would like more information on cylinders or other pneumatic equipment please go to innovativeidm.com.  Remember Innovative-IDM is Home of the Legendary Customer Experience.

Yaskawa Introduces New High Efficiency Drive

Posted July 14, 2015 by Vanessa Muse
Categories: Innovative-IDM, New Product Release, Yaskawa

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Yaskawa has introduced the U1000 Industrial Matrix Drive, it’s most efficient drive ever. The U1000 is second to none when it comes to power quality and energy savings.  Enjoy extremely low harmonic distortion and regeneration in a compact design without the need for additional components. Unlike conventional drives, Yaskawa’s matrix technology creates a variable output by switching directly from the input power (no DC bus). Make measurable efficiency gains while experiencing the outstanding performance of a Yaskawa industrial drive.

Yaskawa U1000 Industrial Matrix Drive

 

For a quote or more information about the new Yaskawa U1000 Industrial Matrix Drive, contact Innovative-IDM at 877.906.2100 or email us at info@iidm.com.

How to Choose Pneumatic Fittings and Thread Types

Posted July 7, 2015 by Vanessa Muse
Categories: Innovative-IDM, SMC

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The point of this video for today is to talk about pneumatic fittings and thread types.  There is a wide variety of different kinds and I could run through a list for the next 30 minutes, and guess what you’re still trying to figure out which thread type you have.  In the end it comes down to a rule of thumb.  In Europe you generally run into PT thread, BSPT thread, or metric thread sizes.  In the US we predominately use NPT thread.  Now a lot of my customers get random machines that are going to have fittings that they have no idea what they are doing, what sizes they have, what pitch they have, ect.

Now one way to combat this is actually the SMC unifit fitting.  What makes it special is that it has a conical rubber seal on the threaded side.  Now the threads you don’t have to worry about.  They are general sizes that are going to fit general, metric, BSPT, or PT thread types.  So all it does is screws on, it is not going to screw on overly tight and then with an easy quarter turn of the wrench its actually going to seal and seat that conical seal onto your surface.  Now why does that make life easier?  You won’t have to have 150 different types of fittings to control one line, to replace everything in your plant.  That’s confusing, wastes time, wastes money because you are going to have excess inventory because you can’t generally buy one at a time.  In general it is just going to make life a lot easier.

So what I would like to leave you with is a couple simple conversions from metric to NPT.  A lot of people don’t know this. So I hope it helps you out.  The conversions are 3.2 mm = 1/8th inch, also 4mm = 5/32nd inch and finally 5/16th inch = 8mm.  I hope after this video you take the time to go to Innnovativeidm.com and click on the knowledge center.  From there go to SMC and you’ll find out all their different product offerings for the unifit as well as other one touch fittings.  And remember Innovative-IDM is Home of the Legendary Customer Experience.

Terminal Block Assemblies, Is Outsourcing the Answer

Posted July 1, 2015 by Vanessa Muse
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A lot of people might wonder, should I build terminal block assemblies or should I outsource them to a manufacturer?

Let’s look at both scenarios. Typically, terminal block assemblies are used in about every control panel out there, and typically they are made out of a lot of different components. So you could go and buy each of these components from several different suppliers, and cut multiple orders. Each order might have multiple line items on it, and then when they come into your warehouse, they probably come in separate boxes which you have to unpack and put on to your shelves.

And then when it comes time to use them, you’d have to go and pull them back off the shelves one by one. So it’s a lot of extra work that’s required. On the other hand, with contract manufacturing you can outsource that assembly and buy something that looks something like this. Where it’s one part number, gets you the full assembly, you buy it from one source. There’s one box to receive, one bill to pay, and it just would make your life a whole lot easier.

So, terminal block assemblies are just one of the value added services that we provide customers at Innovative-IDM. So, whether you prefer to buy individual components, or complete assemblies, we’re here to help. After all, we’re Innovative-IDM, Home of the Legendary Customer Experience.

How to Choose a Photoelectric Sensor

Posted June 23, 2015 by Vanessa Muse
Categories: Innovative-IDM, Omron, Uncategorized

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Photoelectric sensors may seem rudimentary to a lot of people out there especially if you’re a seasoned vet. If you’re a new guy it may seem a little daunting since there’s so many different options, so many different shapes, sizes, options available, and boy if you pick the wrong one you’ll know it quick. It can definitely be the difference between being a stable logic program that depends on that sensor to make decisions, and also just the stability of the throughput on the line. So you really want to make sure you pick the right photo electric sensor, and it’s not rocket science as there’s really 3 basic types of photoelectric sensors.

The first type is a through beam sensor, which is basically an emitter and a receiver that just look right at each other. So, if you break the beam there’s an output, or there may be an output whenever the beams see each other. That’s one way to look at it.

There’s also what’s called retroflective and that’ll be where you use a reflector and a sensor. The sensor basically sees its light source bounce off the reflector and come back to the receiver that’s in the same housing.

The third type is diffuse reflective which requires no sensor so the light will bounce off the object and come back into the receiver itself.

The differences between the three typically are gonna affect your sensing distance and also it can really hinge on the reflectivity of the object that you are trying to sense. So really you just need to take a look at your application, the mounting location of the sensor, how far away you can be or how close you can be to the object your trying to sense. Those factors can really help determine which one of those 3 are going to be the best for you.

There are different light sources inside of the sensor and that can affect the sensing distance. It can also affect the stability of the signal, and also in certain environments where there can also be contaminants in the air or light pollution, external light pollution that affects the receiver, you might need a different light source to mitigate some of those. Your typical light sources that you’re going to find in today’s market are gonna be LED lights, infrared lights, laser lights, and every now and then you’ll run into an application that calls for an ultraviolet light inside of a sensor. And again that’s just gonna affect the sensing distance, the stability, things of that nature.

Really the number one thing I can recommend when trying to find a sensor and make sure that it’s right is to get a sample and test it, and retest it, and test it with different types of sensors and different types of environments. Always remember to test for the extreme. Don’t test under normal operating conditions because if one day it’s cloudy out or one day the sun is right in your eyes, if you didn’t test for that, if you were just testing for the normal operating environments you’re gonna get an unstable signal. So always test for the worst case scenario, the extremes are what you really want to look for. Another good rule of thumb if you can, is to try to use models with quick disconnects on the back. That’s a major plus for your maintenance staff whenever you need the ability to change a sensor quickly without having to replace the entire wire all the way back to the cabinet it’s wired into –  that’s why they designed these. And most sensor manufacturers are going to give you the option to either have a flying lead coming out of the sensor or on the back end of it you’ll have a little M12 or M8 through your 4 pin quick disconnect that this can just hook right into.

And so like I said it’s not rocket science, just make sure that you test. I can’t stress enough how many times people think that they know that a sensor will work in an application, they never tested it, and then we get a call saying they need to return the model for a different one because for some reason it didn’t work for one reason or another that would have been easy to test. Omron even manufactures a checker, which is basically a DC power supply that you can wire a sensor into with a little light output that tells you when the output of a sensor turns on. You can even turn on a little buzzer so it’s really handy to be able to hook up a sensor, go out on your line and just start testing stuff and see when you get your output and make sure its stable.

If you have any questions, you need help with this, there’s always new sensors coming out, all kinds of new technology that makes them more powerful, gives them extended range, and that’s something Innovative-IDM can really help you with because it’s our job to know that kind of stuff and to be able to help you with any applications that come up. We also have a sensor specialist we can bring in if necessary, you can also find a lot of this information on our website which is innovativeidm.com. Go to our Knowledge Center, where you can find white papers for our different types of sensor applications and best practices. After all we are Home of the Legendary Customer Experience.


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