Archive for February 2009

Putting the Faces to the Voices

February 27, 2009

mavsgameChances are, if you call us at Innovative at 877.906.2100, you’ll talk to either Jesse Simental or Todd Mueller in our customer service department, deemed LEGENDARY by both friend and foe alike.

From time to time, they are allowed out of the office. Fulfillment pro Saul Saucado (left) along with Jesse and Todd took a field trip to watch the Mavs scorch the Bucs Wednesday night at AA Center, 116-96. Klent Prewitt, he of legendary sales prowess, took the photo.

Looks like decent seats. Was it Hat Night and if so, did Todd miss the freebie line?

Arc Specialties: One of the good guys in Houston

February 26, 2009

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One of our customers, Arc Specialties, orgainizes a blood drive every year and encourages employees and associates to be blood donors for life. Yesterday, Innovative’s Jack Marsh and Stephen Weatherly chipped in a pint of their own.

Weatherley is shown here just before drinking his orange juice from his offcial Innovative Sippy Cup.

Thanks to Arc Specialties being one of the LEGENDARY good guys in Houston commerce.

alpha Planetary Gearheads

February 25, 2009

p1-gearboxesalpha introduced the world’s first high speed inline planetary gear reducer and continues to create groundbreaking inline solutions.

From the compact precision of the TP+ to the economical performance of the LP+ and the classic solution of the SP+, alpha has an inline planetary solution for your needs – be it off-the-shelf or custom engineered. The newest addition to the inline series is the alphira™ – the basic precision.

Fast, flexible and efficient. Packaged in a lightweight case, alphira™ is precise, power-dense and maintenance-free. Innovative provides a total line of alpha gearboxes to key customers throughout Texas. Call us at 877.906.2100 today to see how we can put the Cadillac of gearboxes into your applications.

The Job Nobody Wants

February 24, 2009

Nobody wants to be the guy in charge of repairs. Broken drives, servos, custom boards, steppers, touchscreens.

It’s a hassle. Where do I take it? How much will it cost? Where will I find the time?

Innovative’s electrical component repair service is so easy, you hardly do anything. Gather your items, call us for a pickup, and then decide — based on information we provide — to fix the item, replace it, or trash it.

And you’re now on to the next thing in your life.

Connect With Your Future on Innovative’s Linkedin Group

February 23, 2009

Connect with Innovative Automation on our Linkedin page<and build your professional automation field. You can’t afford not to be connected.

If you’re already a Linkedin member, just log in. If you’re not, why not? 35 million other professionals can’t be wrong.

Innovative wants to know: Who will be our first 100 connections?

Innovative Thrashers

February 20, 2009

skate1Somebody’s been working overtime in the shop. As you can see, everyone here thinks about branding and customer service, even when building skateboard ramps.

We’ll get back to more of this on a later date.

Reason #102 to Work at Innovative: Decorative Decanters

February 19, 2009

meeting2Ask us for a quote on a project and we’ll turn it around quick. We just completed one and won a job to help with a major water fountain project at a City of Dallas landmark facility.

Also, when we actually work on quotes, we have lavish wine decanters and blue, plastic roses present for inspiration, like Innovative’s Tim Mueller, Adam Ring and Gene Gray did in this promotional photo from 2006.

At our Houston office, the guys huddle around yellow roses but use the same decorative decanters when doing quotes.

Todd Thompson of Yaskawa: ‘You’re LEGENDARY!’

February 18, 2009

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

Todd Thompson of Yaskawa Drives says, “Don’t tell me it can’t be done!”

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Factory Automation During WWII

February 17, 2009

U676289AACMEI was watching Ken Burns’ “The War” the other night, episode three I think. They were talking about how all of the factories in the US retooled to fuel the war effort.

A striking fact, and I had to back up the DVD to make sure I heard it correctly: There were 3 million automobiles produced in the US in 1941. For the rest of the war, there were less than 400 new consumer automobiles manufactured, as the plants were converted to tank, aircraft and military vehicle production. The Ford plant, perhaps the No. 1 automation wonder of history, eventually geared up to roll 600 B-24 bombers off its line in a month, with pilots often sleeping on cots waiting to fly the planes away from the production line as they rolled off.

If you consider yourself a student of factory automation, you should delve into the history of factory production, ‘war towns’, ship building and other production and raw material challenges during WWII. It’s an amazing triumph.

The End of XP Service Pack 3 Draws Nearer

February 16, 2009

windows_xp_logo_8Microsoft will end full mainstream support Windows XP SP3 on April 14. “Extended” support will be available until April 8, 2014. After that, if you decide to keep XP, you’re on your own without any security patches, etc.

A really helpful technology blog is here to explain. Might be worth RSS or adding to your wordpress blog surfer.