Archive for July 2009

CAD Services Will Save You Money

July 31, 2009


In addition to providing original CAD schematics for our design and build services, Innovative Automation’s CAD Documentation Services range from simple conversion of hand drawn schematics to CAD, to creating original schematics of existing machinery, to updating existing CAD schematics for easier readability and understanding.

All of these are centered around one thing… Saving you money and LEGENDARY customer service.

Extruded Aluminum

July 30, 2009

alum_extWith better looks and comparable strength, aluminum extrusion continues to replace welded steel in more and more applications each year. We carry it all at Innovative Automation.

The t-slot aluminum profiles’ clean high-tech look and easy adaptability has made it the preferred structural solution for many industrial applications.

Available in metric and inch sizes with a wide variety of accessories, aluminum profiles can help you build anything from a work station to an entire machine frame. Like LEGOS, what you can build is limited only by your imagination!

Ballgame in Land o’ the Lakes

July 28, 2009

The boss took his family to the baseball game last night. Not at the Ballpark in Arlington, but at the Minnesota Metrodome. Looks like the boys are decked out in new lids as well.

That one T-shirt about the Cowboys seems soooooooo long ago, doesn’t it?



July 23, 2009

We are not sure what caused Britt Welch and Kara L’Huillier, two seemingly level-headed professionals, to don serapes and traipse around the office peddling stale tortillas to unsuspecting Innovative co-workers, like Jesse (below).

Perhaps the the women are giddy with the fact that (choose one):

a. Britt (r) just returned from a Hawaiian honeymoon.

b. Kara is headed to the Florida Keys next week before returning to Wichita State for the fall semester.

c. Each just attended a “chicken party” lunch.

d. Both are a little twisted to start with.

e. all of the above.


US Manufactured Yaskawa Drives Meet Fed Relief Requirements

July 22, 2009

If you are planning on adding Yaskawa VFDs to your operation, take note that your firm may be eligible for a government refund or rebate from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, a $787 billion relief act approved by Congress earlier this year.

YASKAWA Drives July 2009.QualityThe Act includes federal tax relief, expansion of unemployment benefits and other social welfare provisions, and domestic spending in education, health care, and infrastructure, including the energy sector.

Yaskawa Electric of America confirmed that US manufactured Yaskawa inverter drive products assembled in the United States meet the requirements of the ARRA. This includes V1000, F7, P7 and other drives. For a complete list of eligible Yaskawa drives, go here.

How can we help you with Yaskawa drives? Call 877.906.2100 or email for immediate assistance and LEGENDARY customer service.

Effective Dates: February 17, 2009 thru September 30,

Parker Factory Display is Next-Generation Solution for Plant Floor Display Applications

July 20, 2009

Parker’s Electromechanical Automaton recently rolled out the Parker Factory Display (PFD) visualization system, providing factory workers with real-time, situational awareness for faster response to downs and non-conforming conditions.

PFD offers unprecedented flexibility and impact for delivering critical messages to associates on the factory floor. Whether presenting Andon display-type information, lean metrics, production status, OEE data safety policies or employee announcements, PFD is much more than a “scoreboard” that simply displays text – it’s like having a supervisor and safety inspector on the floor 24/7.

With its high-definition resolution, flat-panel displays and built-in networking, PFD offers unparalleled visual impact for empowering associates. Its intuitive graphics enhance the message, while its distributed architecture easily integrates into existing manufacturing and IS infrastructure. Whether remotely publishing displays from anywhere via the Web or visualizing non-conforming parts on a production line, the Parker Factory Display does so much more than other production board displays and Andon display-type systems . . . and at a lower cost.

PFD comes with pre-installed with Parker Factory Manager (PFM), a Windows-based software that fully leverages the wide availability of Web-browsing software for remote support and application sharing on the Internet and IP networks. PFM allows users to develop, edit and publish PFD application from any location on a network or anywhere in the world with an Internet connection.

   Additional product features include:

   ·  32”, 40” and 46” wide screen sizes with 16.7 million colors
   ·  Priced competitively with less-capable LED display products
   ·  Direct PLC connectivity automates data collection – no charge for more than 40 drivers
   ·  Multiple display systems can be served from a single master PFD unit
   ·  Continuous improvement database can be distributed/aggregated across multiple locations via the Internet
   ·  Templates allow corporate standard metrics to be deployed company-wide
   ·  Sophisticated security allows 6 different access levels including “view only”
   ·  Intuitive development tools, allowing easy screen customization and configuration
   ·  Thermal sensors and fans on 40” and 46” screens with scheduling feature for power
   ·  VESA 200mm mounting

How can we help you with Parker products? Call 877.906.2100 or email for immediate assistance and LEGENDARY customer service.

Legendary Customer Service vs. Bad Customer Service: Fight of the Decade.

July 17, 2009

This one falls right in there with El Pollo Loco and Lonnie the Scottsman or even the fictional May Day Meeting as one of the more ridiculous yet entertaining morning hoopla meeting at Innovative Automation.


Each employee leads the morning meeting once a month, and we discuss — sometimes in absurd methods — how we can better treat customers with LEGENDARY customer service. Today was Mike Davila’s day.

In a blatant attempt to win “Best Host of the Month” and thus earn a day off, Davila showed up dressed in the traditional costume depicting the well-known character of “Legendary Customer Service” (looking like a cross between Hulk Hogan and Dog the Bounty Hunter). In this riveting photo, you can see Kara L’Huillier and Todd Mueller trying to make sense of it all.rassle1

Naturally, “Legendary Customer Service” was later attacked and mugged by “Bad Customer Service” who, of course, was dressed in black and played by Chris Coler. And naturally, “Legendary Customer Service” prevailed. Wow.


Launch of New Electronic Look for Wittenstein Site

July 16, 2009

Wittenstein recently unveiled a new look Web site to improve functionality with customers. A recent upgrade includes a part number generator through the product selector tool. Here, for instance, you can virtually spec out which alpha gearbox you will need for your application.

The latest upgrade to Wittenstein’s Product Selector tool allows users to view and modify automatically created part numbers for specified products. The alpha gearbox products are currently in the Product Selector and requesting CAD files and creating part numbers takes only a few clicks.

Access to the Product Selector tool tool is through the specific product pages and also by clicking on “Product Selector (CAD)” at the top of all Wittenstein website pages. Further updates for this tool include adding alpha CP (alphira) gearboxes, V-drive products, Couplings, Rack and actuators.

You can check out all of the virtual engineering features of the new Wittenstein Web site here. How can we help you with Wittenstein products? Call 877.906.2100 or email  for immediate assistance and LEGENDARY customer service.

Pina Collada Blogga

July 15, 2009

We finally have evidence that Innovative’s Britt Welch made it to her honeymoon destination of Hawaii. This photo hit my Blackberry last night about 8:30, which means cocktail hour started around 4:30 for the Welches. Hmmmm . . .


On Location in San Antonio – God Bless Texas

July 14, 2009

alamoMark Stanley, one of the LEGENDARY customer service reps here at Innovative Automation, sends us this missive of he and his daughter Sophie from SeaWorld in San Antonio and in front of the Alamo with wife Lucy. Still waiting for Britt to check in from Kauai.