Archive for November 2011

Optimizing Delta Robots with the alpha TP+

November 28, 2011

Wittenstein‘s alpha TP+ High Torque gearbox fits perfectly into the delta robot system because of exceptional precision and compactness.  This gearbox combines low backlash and high torsional stiffness to create the highest in positioning accuracy.

Working in food processing or packaging?  The alpha TP+ also comes in a washdown version, perfect for hygenic applications.  For more information or to order your Wittenstein alpha TP+ High Torque gearbox, call Innovative-IDM at 877-906-2100.

JFK Assassination: The Moment of Truth

November 22, 2011

No matter what your thoughts are on this tragic day in 1963, one thing is for sure: It happened, and it happened exactly 48 years ago this afternoon on Elm Street in downtown Dallas, just 15 miles from Innovative-IDM.

The first shot hitting Kennedy was captured by AP photographer Ike Altgens who was standing across Elm Street from the grassy knoll at Dealey Plaza. Unfortunately, Altgens, by his own admission, froze on rifle report, and didn’t snap another picture until seconds had passed and the motorcade was past him and nearly to the triple underpass.

To hear Altgens tell it later:

 “I had pre-focused, had my hand on the trigger, but when JFK’s head exploded, sending substance in my direction, I virtually became paralyzed,” Altgens later told author Richard B. Trask. “This was such a shock to me that I never did press the trigger on the camera.

Altgens’ final photo taken just after the fatal shot shows Jackie Kennedy and Secret Service agent Clint Hill on the back of the Presidential limousine.

“[T]o have a President shot to death right in front of you,” Altgens continued, “and keep your cool and do what you’re supposed to do—I’m not real sure that the most seasoned photographers would be able to do it.” Still, he said, “there is no excuse for this. I should have made the picture that I was set up to make. And I didn’t do it.”

Wittenstein TPM+ High Torque

November 21, 2011

Upgraded ActuWittenstein TPM+ High Torque Actuatorators Are Now Available From Wittenstein.

The TPM+ family of actuators from Wittenstein has unparalleled dynamics and compactness.  Servo motors and gearheads merge seamlessly into a single versatile unit.  Maximum power density meets functional design, including genuine benefits in terms of length.  This outstanding motor gearhead unit puts your application ahead of the rest.

The High Torque version of the actuator has been upgraded to match the rest of the rotary family with the introduction of the TPM+ High Torque.  This high torque actuator is capable of resisting almost any externally applied forces without yielding and can handle even the heaviest loads.  Order your Wittenstein TPM+ Actuator today!  Call Innovative-IDM at 877-906-2100.


Instant Potato Chip from Frito Lay

November 17, 2011

Wow. Talk about Innovative Automation. A potato chip made in the store? Nah.

FZ3 Vision Sensor Uses True Color Sensing for Stable, High-Speed Inspections

November 16, 2011

Omron has introduced the advanced FZ3 color vision sensor that makes it possible to automate inspection of low-contrast color objects at high speed with reliable results by using true color technology and intelligent cameras.  Omron’s Advanced Real Color Sensing (ARCS) engine captures and processes 16.77 million colors, approaching human color perception, and out-performs systems that use monochrome or false-color contrast conversion and analysis methods.  The FZ3 offers up to four-camera capability and true color conversion.  Camera choices include two- and five-mega-pixel models to obtain high resolution images with a greater field of view.   For more information or to order your Omron FZ3, call Innovative-IDM at 877-906-2100 today!

Omron FZ3

January 1, 2012: Will You Be Ready to Prove Presumption of Conformity Using EN ISO 13849-1:2008?

November 15, 2011

Effective January 1, 2012, machine builders and integrators must use EN ISO 13849-1:2008 to prove presumption of conformity with the Machinery Directive.  On January 1, 2012, EN 954-1:1996 and EN ISO 13849-1:1999 may no longer be used for this purpose.  Omron STI has resources available to help machine builders and integrators successfully make the transition.  Ask Innovative-IDM for details.  Don’t forget to bookmark Innovative-IDM’s training page to see when an Omron STI machine safety course will be added in 2012!

Thank you . . .

November 11, 2011

I never served in our military, but I thank those who have whenever I can. I thank them at airport terminals and at cab stands. I see them at the State Fair wearing caps designating them from wars 60 years ago and I thank them; I see them at the mall or at baseball games wearing t-shirts or vests mentioning wars 30 years ago and I thank them.

I thank my dad and my uncle. I thank my co-workers at Innovative-IDM:

Mitchell Smith – Navy (Field Service Baton Rouge)
Lonnie Muse – Navy (Applications and Field Service Dallas)
Donald Poehl – Navy (Field Service Houston)
Steve Lyons – Navy (Engineered Solutions Houston)
Gene Gray – Navy (President)
Mickey Jackson – Marines (Board Repair Houston)
Percy Foster – Army (Field Service Dallas)
Colbert Kaiser – Army (Warehouse Houston)
Dan Mahoney – Army (Sales Houston)
Jim Bishop – Air Force (Board Repair Houston)
Jesse Simental – Air Force (Purchasing Dallas)
Jeff Smith – Air Force (Field Service Houston)
James Nairm – Navy – (Board Repair Houston)
Bill Ware — Coast Guard (Engineering Houston)
Chris Mason — Navy (Board Repair Houston)
Robert Boeder — Army (Warehouse Dallas)
Josh Veverka — Navy (Sales Mobile)
Danny Causey — Army (IT Dallas)

A short personal story: On one of my visits to Pearl Harbor, I saw the park ranger about to drop the American flag at the end of the day. It was near the entrance/exit of the park, and a man wearing a cap designating him as a WWII veteran approached the ranger.

“Can I help you take down the flag?” asked the veteran to the ranger. To which the park ranger rigidly stood back from the flagpole and sternly said, “No sir you may not. But may I help you take down the flag, sir?” It was the ultimate show of respect from the younger park ranger. And the two finished the job together. Awesome. — pepper hastings

Board Repair Email Signatures Get a Makeover

November 11, 2011

Our Board Repair Department is getting new email signature “business cards” today – take a look at Chris Mason’s new card.

Then check out our new Repair Price Lookup Tool – hundreds of manufacturers and thousands of part numbers for AC and DC drives, Servo Amps, Power Supplies, Controllers, Touch Screens and more.  Click here to look up repair prices now or go to


Most Industrial Accidents Are Avoideable. Not This One.

November 10, 2011

While most industrial accidents can be avoided through the proper use of safety procedures and equipment safeguards, the one that happened 36 years ago today couldn’t.

The SS Edmund Fitzgerald was an American Great Lakes freighter that made headlines after sinking in a Lake Superior storm on November 10, 1975, with the loss of the entire crew of 29.

With Captain Ernest M. McSorley in command and carrying a full cargo of taconite ore pellets, the Fitzgerald embarked on her final voyage from Superior, Wisconsin, on the afternoon of November 9, 1975.

En route to a steel mill near Detroit, Michigan, she joined a second freighter, the SS Arthur M. Anderson. By the next day the two ships were caught in the midst of a massive winter storm, with near hurricane-force winds and waves up to 35 feet (11 m) high.

Shortly after 7:10 p.m. the Fitzgerald suddenly sank in Canadian waters approximately 17 miles from the entrance to Whitefish Bay, at a depth of 530 feet. Although the Fitzgerald had reported being in difficulty earlier, no distress signals were sent before she sank. Her crew of 29 perished and no bodies were recovered.

source: Wikipedia

EtherNet/IP Remote I/O Blocks with Both Short- and Open-Circuit Detection

November 10, 2011

Omron hOmron ERT1 Seriesas introduced EtherNet/IP remote I/O blocks (shown left) with both short- and open-circuit detection to reduce troubleshooting time and maintain productivity. Innovative-IDM is a leading distributor for Omron Electronics.

The ERT1 series EtherNet/IP slave I/O blocks are available as high-density, 32-point, in-panel IP20 models with removable cage clamp I/O connections and power connections that simplify installation and servicing.

Water-resistant IP67 rated, 16-point I/O models accept SmartClick and standard M12 connectors for I/O, power, and network connections.  The ERT1 series remote I/O blocks have been conformance tested for interoperability with EtherNet/IP devices from a wide range of suppliers, in addition to Omron’s EtherNet/IP masters for CJ and CS series PLCs.  Order your Omron ERT1 Series remote I/O blocks today by calling Innovative-IDM at 877-906-2100.