Archive for January 2009

750-871 Dual-Port Ethernet Controller

January 30, 2009

750-871 Dual-Port Ethernet Controller



The 750-871 connects the WAGO-I/O-SYSTEM to the ETHERNET fieldbus. The fieldbus controller automatically configures, creating a local process image that may include analog, digital or specialty modules. Analog and specialty module data is sent via words and/or bytes; digital data is sent bit by bit. The 750-871 permits data transmission rates of 10/100 Mbits/s and is programmable in accordance with IEC 61131-3 and provides 512 KB program memory, 256 KB data memory and 24 KB retain memory. It is capable of multitasking, has a battery-backed, real-time clock and is based on a 32-bit CPU.

DFW Body Shop Economy Gets Another Boost Today

January 27, 2009

snowDon’t let it be you.

Reason #31 to Work for Innovative: See the World

January 26, 2009

yaskawatripWell, maybe it isn’t the world, but it is Waukeegan, Ill., home of Yaskawa Electric USA.

Our sales and ASG people do lots of product training both here in Texas and at the manufacturers. We had a group at Yaskawa before Christmas and a group that just returned from Phoenix last week (Omron training session).

This photo of Pepper Hastings and Gene Gray was taken in Septmember 2008 during some marketing meetings with the good people at Yaskawa.

The high temp in Chicago was about 14 yesterday. Note to self: Travel to Yaskawa in September, not January. — ph

Our First Online Ad

January 23, 2009

gen-ii-160x600-web-adYou gotta start somewhere. And here it is. The first of many in the future on

Jesus Has Requested to be Your Friend . . .

January 22, 2009

twitter_networkI just ran across a blog post entitled, “Would Jesus Have Used Twitter?”

Some really great lessons in customer service in that entry. — ph

Britt Jensen: ‘You’re LEGENDARY!’

January 21, 2009

Innovative Automation’s LEGENDARY customer service means finding a way to get it done no matter what the obstacle.

Britt Jensen of Innovative’s marketing team says, “Don’t tell me it can’t be done!”

Innovative an Approved Vendor for Kraft Foods

January 21, 2009


If you are a business under the Kraft Foods umbrella, Innovative Automation is now an approved vendor for you to use.

What’s your favorite logo in the Kraft family? You gotta go with Mr. Peanut. How can you not like a peanut dressed in top hat and cane?

But Kool-Aid is a close second — it logo almost could be called a font family of its own.

Bob Parsons’ Rules for Life and Business

January 20, 2009




1. Get and stay out of your comfort zone.
I believe that not much happens of any significance when we’re in our comfort zone. I hear people say, “But I’m concerned about security.” My response to that is simple: “Security is for cadavers.”

2. Never give up.
Almost nothing works the first time it’s attempted. Just because what you’re doing does not seem to be working, doesn’t mean it won’t work. It just means that it might not work the way you’re doing it. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it, and you wouldn’t have an opportunity.

3. When you’re ready to quit, you’re closer than you think.
There’s an old Chinese saying that I just love, and I believe it is so true. It goes like this: “The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed.”

4. With regard to whatever worries you, not only accept the worst thing that could happen, but make it a point to quantify what the worst thing could be.
Very seldom will the worst consequence be anywhere near as bad as a cloud of “undefined consequences.” My father would tell me early on, when I was struggling and losing my shirt trying to get Parsons Technology going, “Well, Robert, if it doesn’t work, they can’t eat you.”

5. Focus on what you want to have happen.
Remember that old saying, “As you think, so shall you be.”

6. Take things a day at a time.
No matter how difficult your situation is, you can get through it if you don’t look too far into the future, and focus on the present moment. You can get through anything one day at a time.

7. Always be moving forward.
Never stop investing. Never stop improving. Never stop doing something new. The moment you stop improving your organization, it starts to die. Make it your goal to be better each and every day, in some small way. Remember the Japanese concept of Kaizen. Small daily improvements eventually result in huge advantages.

8. Be quick to decide.
Remember what General George S. Patton said: “A good plan violently executed today is far and away better than a perfect plan tomorrow.”

9. Measure everything of significance.
I swear this is true. Anything that is measured and watched, improves.

10. Anything that is not managed will deteriorate.
If you want to uncover problems you don’t know about, take a few moments and look closely at the areas you haven’t examined for a while. I guarantee you problems will be there.

11. Pay attention to your competitors, but pay more attention to what you’re doing.
When you look at your competitors, remember that everything looks perfect at a distance. Even the planet Earth, if you get far enough into space, looks like a peaceful place.

12. Never let anybody push you around.
In our society, with our laws and even playing field, you have just as much right to what you’re doing as anyone else, provided that what you’re doing is legal.

13. Never expect life to be fair.
Life isn’t fair. You make your own breaks. You’ll be doing good if the only meaning fair has to you, is something that you pay when you get on a bus (i.e., fare).

14. Solve your own problems.
You’ll find that by coming up with your own solutions, you’ll develop a competitive edge. Masura Ibuka, the co-founder of SONY, said it best: “You never succeed in technology, business, or anything by following the others.” There’s also an old Asian saying that I remind myself of frequently. It goes like this: “A wise man keeps his own counsel.”

15. Don’t take yourself too seriously.
Lighten up. Often, at least half of what we accomplish is due to luck. None of us are in control as much as we like to think we are.

16. There’s always a reason to smile.
Find it. After all, you’re really lucky just to be alive. Life is short. More and more, I agree with my little brother. He always reminds me: “We’re not here for a long time, we’re here for a good time!”


January 19, 2009


Jeff Moyer of Yaskawa Motion: ‘You’re LEGENDARY!’

January 16, 2009

Innovative Automation’s LEGENDARY customer service means finding a way to get it done no matter what the obstacle.

Jeff Moyer of Yaskawa Motion says, “Don’t tell me it can’t be done.”