Archive for October 2008

Reason #492 to Work at Innovative Automation: Halloween

October 31, 2008

Time to Fall Back!

October 31, 2008

Yet another reason to welcome the end of Daylight Saving Time. According to some Swedish researchers, there are fewer heart attacks following the end of Daylight Saving Time. Apparently most people don’t schedule in enough time for sleep. The time change forces an extra hour in. I guess that causes most to spend the extra hour sleeping…

Why do we have Daylight Saving Time? Here is a site that gives some historical info. Too bad neither McCain or Obama put this into their wish-list of changes. Guess we’ll have to wait till 2012 and see if it’ll make somebody’s list or not. Then again, the campainging for 2012 will probably start late 2009…Yikes!!  -KS

PLC Training Ongoing in Houston

October 29, 2008

Omron’s Sergio Bitti emailed this photo of the Omron PLC Training class in session yesterday in Houston. The class is sponsored by Innovative University, the knowledge arm of Innovative Automation. Looks like everyone is intent in their studies . . . probably waiting on IA’s Stephen Weatherly to show up with the beverages.

What a Difference a Day Makes

October 29, 2008

In yesterday’s entry, we showed you the old control box that was sent in as a model to use to build a new one. The control box is for side-of-the-building construction elevators. Here’s the new beauty our panel shop build by working with nothing but looking at the old one.

Old Panel Used for Plans

October 28, 2008

The customer sent us this old control panel because he didn’t have any written plans for it. He wants us to build a new one for him using this as a model. We’re almost done. I’ll post a photo of the new one tomorrow.

Help Wanted

October 27, 2008

We recruit 365 days a year for the best people to join our team. However, our technical services area — industrial control panel building, repair, retrofitting, etc. — is really picking up steam and we need some more help.

If you can work with hand tools and are immaculate in following directions and have great attention to detail, we have a great place for you to work: in our climate controlled shop in Carrollton, Texas.

Call us at 214.574.9500 and ask for Britt Jensen.

Pinnacle Studio 11 is on My *#!% List

October 24, 2008

After spending two hours on Monday putting together a video from our trade show in Houston — showing various customers smashing boards with their bare hands — the movie making software Pinnacle Studio 11 has decided to crash and has rendered my work useless.

Despite working on it until 7 last night, hoping that in some way I could coax it to work and find my movies (which I know are on the drive because I can open them with other programs), it won’t work. During lunch today, I am going to uninstall and reinstall Pinnacle Studio 11 and start over. Can anyone tell me why I am not headed to Fry’s to pick up a different software?

If you were a board breaker at the show and were looking forward to your vids, sorry, it might be another week before I can get to it again. For now, I’ll leave you with this compelling photo of a horrified teacher (upper left) as she realizes one of her students on a field trip has just mowed through a board at our booth. Yes, he was 18 and yes, he signed the waiver. — ph

Images from the ISA Expos 2008

October 23, 2008

Check out this slide show from ISA Expo 2008 in Houston last week, where Innovative Automation exhibited in a 20-foot booth.

It’s Not a Matter of IF, It’s a Matter of WHEN

October 23, 2008

Britt’s hard drive crashed with no warning yesterday afternoon. Western Digital, manufactured in April 2005.

All hard drives fail eventually, it’s just a matter of when. For those who don’t back up regularly, you will be sorry.

Board Breaking in Houston

October 22, 2008

Innovative Automation exhibited at the ISA Expo in Houston last week. Some of the visitors to our booth had a little pent-up frustration they needed to release, and our booth was just the place to get it done. We’ll have full videos of our break-through customer service exhibit coming soon, including breaking boards by hand.

That’s engineer Jack Marsh of our Houston shop surveying the carnage.