Archive for July 2009

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.


Cruelty from IT Department

July 13, 2009

Our IT director Ken Skillett is vacationing in Monterrey, Calif., and strategically sends us this photo right as lunchtime in Texas rolls around. Ken, you are a cruel, cruel man. . .

Britt Welch, formerly Britt Jensen, is on her honeymoon over in Hawaii. We’ll see if we can get a photo from her as well later in the week.  Mark Stanley is at SeaWorld in San Antonio. We’ll see if we can get one from him as well.


Even Google Knows

July 10, 2009

He’s in the running for the title of “Most Interesting Man in the World” and he’s also the inventor of the radio and the AC motor. He holds the patent for the spark plug. He pioneered robotics, saying that robots would one day to the laborious work of men (he was correct).

He locked horns with Thomas Edison — and won. He spoke seven languages. His work included a “death ray” battlefield cannon.

He is Nikola Telsa, the man behind the second industrial revolution and the man to thank for many of the inverters and motors we sell at Innovative Automation.

Even Google recognizes his birth today in its search engine logo.


Innovative Automation Named to Inc. 5,000 List for Third Straight Year

July 9, 2009

For the third consecutive year, Innovative Automation is recognized as one of America’s fastest growing private companies, making the Inc. 5,000 list for 2009. The final rankings will be published in August.

There are more than 7 million companies with employees in the nation, meaning the Inc. 5,000 represents a top-shelf sliver of the American entrepreneurial effort.

“We have worked hard to acquire customers, but we have worked even harder to retain them,” says Gene Gray, president of Innovative Automation. “Everything we do or consider doing, we ask if it will benefit the customer. From our technology to our marketing to our sales to our manufacturing, our customers drive us.”

The Inc. 5,000 is an expansion of the Inc. 500, which Inc. introduced in 1982. The Inc. 5,000 includes the Inc. 500 but digs deeper to offer the most comprehensive look ever at the entrepreneurial engine driving the U.S. economy in the 5,000 fastest growing companies in America. The Inc. 5,000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth over the past four years.

Benefit Pool, Golf Tourney Set for July 18

July 8, 2009

Misty Thornburg is a special friend of Innovative Automation. We want you to know about a special golf and pool tournament July 18 to help raise funds for Misty’s medical treatments for breast cancer. You can call 903.883.2002 or email