Archive for September 2009

Innovative Named Omron STI Distributor for Texas, Okla.

September 29, 2009

Omron STI has named Innovative Automation as its new distributor in Texas and Okla. Innovative will carry a full line from the North America’s largest manufacturer of machine and process safeguarding equipment and technologies.

Omron STI manufactures light curtains, safety scanners, interlock switches, safety mats, programmable safety controllers, remote safety I/O assemblies, and many more safety products. STI also is the exclusive provider of Laser-Safe Press Brake Guarding technology.STIhome.jpg

“Omron STI and Innovative will be a good marriage,” says Gene Gray, president of Innovative Automation. “Safety has been a concern in plants and factories for a long time. But with more factories automating, the chance for accidents involving machines increases. This brings one of the largest automation and machine safety lines right into the lap of our customers. It’s another great opportunity to help them protect their machines and people.”

Omron STI is the second major line to tap Innovative’s distribution network in the past three months. In June, SMC pneumatics named Innovative its Premier Technology Distributor for Texas and Okla.

“A lot of top tier companies recognize the reputation that Innovative Automation enjoys in the marketplace and they are coming to us, wanting us to represent their lines,” says Gray. “That’s just a bigger plus for our current customers and future customers. More choices from one source.”

Is that Hard-Guard Adequately Protecting your Machine Operators?

September 28, 2009

Gotcha Stick – Safe Distance Scale for Machine Guarding
Gotcha Stick - Safe Distance Scale for Machine Guarding
Based on revised anthropometric data, the “Gotcha Stick” from STI is a three-segment safe distance scale used to verify that openings in machine hard-guards will not allow the point-of-operation to be accessed by the operator.

You can get a free “Gotcha Stick” when you attend the upcoming STI safety Skill Builder seminar, scheduled for Oct. 27 in DFW and Oct. 28 in Houston, both to be held at the Innovative Automation training centers. You register by calling 877.906.2100.

From the Mailbag . . .

September 25, 2009

Thank heavens we finally received this exciting offer today at info@iacorp.com. We’ve been waiting on this offer for weeks.

《 從 開 發 至 投 產 全 面 項 目 管 理 》

主辦單位:廣東製造業協會

課程價格:2580元/人(含 授 課 費 、資 料 費、會 務 費、午 餐 費 及 茶 點)

時間安排:9月25-26日 深圳

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課程背景
世界500強企業中,超過80%的企業運用項目管理 (Project Management Methodology) 的方法進
行企業運作管理 (包括 G.E, Flextronic, Motorola等),而中國的製造業,卻不到10%的企業瞭解項
目管理,更少於1%的企業真正運用專案管理……項目如果缺乏科學的管理,您的企業將遭遇到:

▲產品開發週期長 (Prolonged R&D Cycle) 而失控,市場壓力下匆匆量產,生產不順,品質不穩
▲專案成本 (Confusing Costing Methods) 不清晰,成本控制難以下手,賺不賺錢難以界定
▲製造週期長,反應速度慢 (Long Lead Time, Low Reponses)
▲交貨不準時,客戶投訴多 (Late Delivery, Customer Complaints)

曾任500強企業專家將全面教授如何引入專案管理的方法,培養合格的專案管理人才。

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課程大綱

第一部分:專案管理基礎
·項目管理的起源及其發展
·專案管理的概念及定義
·專案管理的重要性分析
·從製造業面臨的困境看專案管理
·專案制管理與財務的關係
·如何建立專案制的成本核算中心
·通過專案責任制改善製造業內部管理
·矩陣式專案組織架構設計要點
·專案組成員職責與分工
·成功的專案經理必備的條件

第二部分:專案開發階段管理
·製造業專案管理的四個階段
·專案可行性研究
·專案可實施性能力模型分析
·項目盈利能力分析
·案例分享:專案報價模型解析
·產品立項及專案團隊構建
·專案計畫分解
·專案啟動及團隊目標溝通
·開發階段管理方法與技巧
·產品概念設計及其評審
·產品設計開展及進度跟進
·工程及設計驗證活動要點
·小批試產及量產評審
·產品可製造性研究(DFX)

第三部份:專案量產階段管理
·項目經理必須關注的經營指標
·市場分析與銷售計畫預測
·項目計畫管理與監控技巧
·影響交付的三大原因及對策
·精益價值流與產品製造週期
·如何通過精益的管理方法縮短製造週期
·專案經理的品質管制
·四維品質管制方法與技巧
·專案四層次品質管制
·專案壽命週期到期風險管理(EOL)
·客戶滿意及客戶投訴處理
·工程變更處理流程及風險控制方法
·與成功有約的客戶溝通技巧

第四部分:打造項目的持續盈利能力
·小組活動:工廠專案管理問題研討
·專案盈利能力模型
·影響項目盈利能力的因素分析
·用精益的方法提升項目的持續盈利能力
·降低專案綜合物料成本的方法
·勞動力:效率決定成本,管理決定效率
·專案投資回報率分析
·不要讓設備吞噬利潤
·案例分析:精益提升項目的贏利能力
·Q&A學員提問與問題解答

From Out of the North Comes a 20-year-old Alpha Gearbox

September 24, 2009

Wittenstein Gearbox Still Turning After 20 Years

The alpha gearbox had been turning equipment for 20 years, but it was time for an upgrade.

Wittenstein’s systems integrators received a call from a customer asking about updating the gearboxes on their machines. The customer, from Canada, purchased the new alpha SP+ and sent in the old gearboxes to its distributor.Upon further inspection, the gearbox was one of the original Wittenstein products…and in remarkable condition, according to Wittenstein. The gearbox (pictured left) had been turning machines for nearly 20 years with precision in motion.

Wittenstein is looking for other old gearboxes that still are turning. What’s your story? Send it to info@wittenstein-us.com
Innovative Automation can help you with any of your gearbox applications using alpha/Wittenstein gearboxes. Call us at 877.906.2100 or email info@iacorp.om for prompt assistance.

Parker Xpress on Display at Pack Expo

September 23, 2009

Parker is headed to Pack Expo October 5-7. Make sure to check out its booth in Las Vegas.

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ABB HUGE Event in Cowboys Stadium — Innovative Customers are Invited to Attend

September 16, 2009

Spend Nov. 5 in Cowboys Stadium at ABB Low Voltage Products Road Show

ABB, arguably one of the biggest companies in the world, is bringing is Low Voltage product Road Show to the giant Cowboys Stadium, Nov. 4 and 5. Past shows have been held in Gillete Stadium near Boston and on board of the Queen Mary in Long Beach, Calif.

Customer day is Nov. 5, a Thursday. The show is open to all Innovative Automation customers at this special registration site. The day's agenda is here.
Road Show attendees will:
  • Learn how to significantly reduce the cost of design, manufacturing and testing of electrical panels
  • Discover how to optimize your machine performance with innovative technologies such as drives and wireless sensor technology
  • Learn how to reduce energy bills by leveraging new drives capabilities
  • See how to nearly eliminate wiring errors
  • Find out how to easily size your drives and motors
  • Hear how to meet global electrical standards required by your international customers
  • Meet with ABB product and solution experts
  • Gain hands-on familiarity with the entire portfolio of ABB’s Low Voltage Drives, Control, Motors, Robotics and Instrumentation Products and Systems
  • Speak with your peers and learn from their successes and challenges

A Warrior’s Death for the HP Color Printer

September 15, 2009

It was almost sad at times. This printer, which had given so much of itself to Innovative Automation‘s growth over the past 9+ years….but it just didnt’ seem right to toss it in the dumpster like so much other daily refuse. This HP printer deserved a warrior’s death, a violent yet swift execution befitting of a soldier who had given it his all only to lose the battle in the end.

IT Director Kenneth Skillett performed the ceremonial execution. Less than 20 minutes later, according to witnesses, the HP color printer carcass was stolen by dumpster divers and hauled off in what was described as “a puff of yellow, blue and red toner cartridge ink cloud,” following the grave robber’s vehicle.