Archive for February 2009

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!”


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.

A Classic from Parker: HOT Sushi Meets Beautiful Idea

February 13, 2009

Happy 200th to No. 16

February 12, 2009


Abraham Lincoln successfully led the country through its greatest internal crisis, the American Civil War, preserving the Union and ending slavery.

That’s probably worth a high-five or a helmet star or something, isn’t it?  Today, on his 200th birthday, we remember our 16th president.

Legendary Customer Service Act of the Week (Feb. 6)

February 11, 2009

Here’s an internal email that went out from Britt yesterday. What’s up with that family portrait from the techs?

From: Britt Jensen
Sent: Tuesday, February 10, 2009 1:58 PM
To: InnovativeAutomationInc; Ship; Shop User
Subject: Weekly LCS Winner


Legendary Winners: Shop

Cutomer came in on Saturday from Oklahoma to pick up the panels the shop has been working on and they had them completed and ready to go.



Legendary Field Service in SE Texas

February 10, 2009

jack-bluebellOut of our Houston office, Stephen Weatherly had a busy day recently, with four programming, training and panel manufacturing calls in College Station and Brenham, Texas. Jack Marsh, Innovative ASG in Houston, also performed some field service of his own at the Blue Bell ice cream creamery in Brenham (shown above).