Archive for July 2008

Would You Change Jobs for a Shorter Commute?

July 22, 2008

A survey published today says one-fourth of us would. Evidently, employees are so fed up with ever-worsening traffic that it’s become a major factor of job satisfaction — one of those HR terms for whether or not you are jamming on your work or not.

Innovative HQ is located in a relatively low-density traffic area in northwest Dallas — actually, Carrollton. It’s not too bad of a drive once you get into the area.

And BTW, we have a great job opening for someone who would like to commute during the less-busy times. Perfect for a student or for someone with school-age children. Contact Britt at to check out this flexible accounting-oriented job.

Also, check out this traffic jam photo from yesterday right outside our office. One of our technicians hurrying out the door on a 24/7 service call forgot to use his turn signal. (Actually, the photo was shot in Russia.)

Would you change jobs if it lessened your commute?

Power Rangers, Digimon . . . Crabs

July 21, 2008

Bandai, the people who brought you Digimon and Mighty Power Rangers now has this. They even seek shade. These toys release in August and consumers are buzzing.

Just in time for Christmas: Robotic Inchworm with remote control. I can’t believe what people will spend money on wait.


Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster ‘Powered’ by Innovative

July 18, 2008

If you’re heading to Disney World this summer, you might feel a little safer knowing this.

BTW, Innovative Automation supplies some of the mechanical components that make the zero-to-60 in two seconds technology of the Rockin Rollercoaster at MGM. Do NOT — repeat, DO NOT — miss this ride if you’re heading into the Magic Kingdom any time soon.

Reason #172 to Work at Innovative: Casino Night

July 16, 2008

That would be Daniel Hallum of our legendary sales force, who often makes runs through Wise County.

“Eighter from Decatur, county of Wise.”  — old dice shooters’ chant for double fours

iPhone Controls Robot

July 15, 2008

This is pretty cool.

One Less Thing For You to Worry About

July 14, 2008

Let’s face it. Nobody likes orders that don’t ship on time. We hate it, our customers hate it. Our goal is 100 percent on time shipments, but from time to time stuff happens.

We put ourselves in our customers’ shoes and thought: “Would I rather call in and find out why my order is late or would I rather have Innovative call me ahead of time and alert me to potential delays.”

The answer was obvious, and now thanks to some nifty software, we call you if there is a chance of a late shipment.  One more thing you don’t have to worry about when you deal with Innovative Automation and its legendary customer service.

Logo a Work in Progress

July 11, 2008

Innovative  already offer technical services for maintenance and repair of manufacturing machines, but we haven’t really push-marketed the fact. Co-workers Britt and Jamie have been working on some logos. Here’s the latest iteration. Both Britt and Jamie have a hand in the design of our line cards and other printed material.

If you’re in the production automation business and you’d like to take a 10-second survey on field service needs, let ‘er rip.

Reason #284 to Work At Innovative Automation: Steak for Lunch

July 10, 2008

If you are an engineer or an expert service technician for automation machinery, you really should consider joining Team Innovative. Our mission is to provide legendary customer service and products, like Yaskawa, Wago, Parker, Omron, ABB and Schmersal.

In the meantime, from time to time Michael (top left) will take up a collection, head to the grocery and pick up some steaks for lunch. Another great reason to work for Innovative Automation — Michael’s bbq skills! Beats the heck out of Subway.

Parker Offers Cash for Reading Catalog

July 9, 2008

Parker just released a catalog featuring the Daedal brand of positioning products. The 328-page, full-color guide covers linear motor-driven tables, screwdriven automation tables, etc.

The neat thing is, Parker is running a contest to encourage people to buy things from it “become more familiar with the catalog.” Up for grabs is a $250 and a $100 gift cards (Visa, or the store of your choice). What do you have to lose? Take the test.

What We’ll Do For Our Customers

July 9, 2008

That’s Innovative’s president and registered firewalking instructor, Gene Gray, leading the way. Our customer service is LEGENDARY, and so are our company meetings.