Archive for May 2009

Saturday Pet Post

May 30, 2009

Miss Kitty cropped

Man, what a week. We were rockin’ out the product this past week and we thank you for your business. Now, it’s Saturday and things have settled a bit. Time for bloggers to get busy.

This is Fur, who lives with the Hastings’ in Double Oak, Texas. If you actually shaved her, she would look like a skinny rat.

Fur is a battle-tested mouser, a damn good hunter. Her trademark is to chew the face off of her prey and then leave it where you step on it in the morning. Lovely.

New MotionWorks, MP2310iec Products Released by Yaskawa

May 29, 2009

Yaskawa Motion today announced several new products in its MotionWorks IEC and MP2000iec product series. is a new Integrated Development Environment based on the IEC61131-3 international programming standard. MotionWorks IEC Pro is built upon the same code as our proven MotionWorks IEC Express software and includes all additions made to the MotionWorks IEC Express software since the May 2008 release.

MotionWorks IEC Pro

The Pro version allows users to program in Sequential Function Chart language, configure projects with up to 16 tasks, and supports all of the MP2000iec controller models.

MP2310iec Controller

There are three new MP2310iec machine controller models that allow up to three local modules of digital or analog I/O to be controlled.Download Support Materials 

MotionWorks IEC Express users will need to upgrade to v1.1.2.7 in order to configure a MP2310iec system.


Jose Canseco Beat Up by Korean Giant

May 28, 2009

This has nothing to do with industrial automation, or electrical component repairs or Yaskawa drives or WAGO I/O. Completely off topic. But did you see Monday’s fight video of former MLB juicer home run king Jose Canseco and 7-foot-2 Hong Man Choi? Check it out.

Cook a No-Show? No Worries, Automation Saves the Day

May 27, 2009

You’re the manager of the Waffle House out on the Interstate. Your short-order chef landed in the pokey after a hard night of clubbing and can’t make it in to work. Never fear, Motoman is near.

Omron Vision System Training Event Scheduled for June 24-25

May 26, 2009

IA_logo_animatedEmail or call 877.906.2100 and Innovative’s experts can show you what an Omron vision system can do for you.

Do you have an application that could be solved using a vision system?

Omron and Innovative Automation will host a vision application class June 24 and 25. The two individual, all-day sessions will help attendees understand and learn about how vision systems can solve many of their everyday applications.

Both sessions will be at Innovative’s DFW location and include lunch and an applications mixer at the end of the day. More details will be announced next week.

Memorial Day

May 25, 2009


“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.” 

— Gen. George Patton 









Saturday Pet Post

May 23, 2009

Pretty quiet here on Saturdays, which means bloggers take over servers, swing from the corporate chandeliers and generally wreak holy horror on IA headquarters. Well, not exactly, but we do want to post something totally off topic from industrial automation: pets.

Meet Freddie Marsh, who lives with Innovative ASF Jack Marsh and his wife Kasey in the Houston area. We think the photos are great, too, but why not. Kasey is a pro. Check out her Web site and most of all, her blog.



Lower Your Operating Costs with Variable Frequency Drives

May 22, 2009

IA_logo_animatedEmail or call 877.906.2100 and Innovative’s experts can show you what a Yaskawa VFD can do for your bottom line.

Variable frequency drives (VFD) are reliable electronic devices that control three-phase electric motor speed. They are used in building automation, industrial, pumping, agricultural, irrigation, and water/wastewater applications to control the speed of fans and pumps in various systems. The payback period for installing drives is usually less than three years and can be less than a year.

Drives do more than reduce energy cost:

  • Drives reduce fan noise and duct rumble, thus reducing tenant complaints.
  • Drives reduce amps during motor starting, lowering demand charges; another significant part of the electric bill.
  • Drives are less expensive to maintain than mechanical controls.
  • Drives inherent soft-starting reduces wear and tear on motors, sheaves, belts, couplings and other system components.
  • Drives provide accurate and repeatable control of HVAC settings, eliminating frequent readjustments.

UL508A Panel Shop

May 20, 2009

Here’s an email I just got from Jason Scott, our UL508A panel shop production manager. Awesome . .

From: Jason Scott
Sent: Wednesday, May 20, 2009 10:49 AM
To: Pepper Hastings
Subject: Shop Number


            Here are our stats since Jan-1-2009

  1. 496 of 505 jobs shipped on-time=98.2%
  2. 499 of 505 jobs defect free. 98.8%
  3. Last error occurred on 3-6-09!
  4. 3704 of 3710 units defect free. 99.8%

Thanks, Jason Scott, Production Manager

Pennies from Heaven

May 19, 2009

Britt went to Sam’s yesterday for supplies and found $20 on the floor. If you can identify the bill, Britt says she will return it to you.

Yeah, right.