Archive for May 2013

Memorial Day: Remembering the Fallen

May 27, 2013

Graves at Arlington National Cemetary

The Springtime tribute to those fallen in battle, now known as Memorial Day, has been around since the Civil War era.  In 1868, Union Major General James A. Logan declared May 30th as Decoration Day – the words in his order for posts to decorate graves still ring true today:

“We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. … Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.”

3 p.m. on Memorial Day is the National Moment of Remembrance – take a minute today to remember those who have fought and died in defence of our freedom.  For more on the long history of Memorial Day in the United States, click here for an article from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Parker Bayside on “Prototype This”

May 24, 2013

Parker Bayside Stealth gearheads were featured on The Discovery Channel’s “Prototype This” show about a six legged all-terrain vehicle.

For all your Parker needs contact Innovative-IDM. Call us at 877-906-2100 or email us at

Industrial Drive Maintenance and Repairs

May 23, 2013

IDM, as in Innovative-IDM, is Your Industrial Drive Maintenance Specialist

The Yaskawa assembly plant in Illinois is probably one of the seven wonders of the industrial automation world. Know how many drives have left that plant defective? Let’s put it this way. Yaskawa has produced some 10 million-plus VFDs and they have a picture on a bulletin board of every one that left the plant defective. Probably less than 100 of them.

Now, drives and their electronics do go bad from time to time because of heat, dust, water, grime and just old-age. And that’s where Industrial Drive Maintenance comes in — that’s right, IDM, as in Innovative-IDM.
Our repairs facility is the center of the world for drive and industrial component repairs. Our Houston repair depot can fix about anything, and our field service technicians can fix it right on your plant floor in seven states.

Call 800.395.4106 or 877.906.2100 to speak with an expert about your repair today, or you can call one of the local numbers in your area to get localized field service assistance.

Buzz Welcomes Charlie Staton to Innovative-IDM

May 22, 2013

Join Buzz in welcoming Charlie Staton to Innovative-IDM. Charlie joins Innovative-IDM after one year with Staton Industrial Machine Service in Katy, Texas and three years with Schlumberger in Sugar Land, Texas.  He grew up in Seguin, Texas and is currently pursuing an associate degree in engineering sciences from Houston Community College. In his spare time, Charlie enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, metalworking, and electronic circuit design.

Charlie Staton joins Innovative-IDM

WAGO and Production Machinery

May 22, 2013

Production machinery used in the automotive industry relies heavily on continuous production. The reliability of individual components plays a large role in maintaining these expectations.
WAGO products offer:
-maintenance free connections
-vibration-proof technology
-gas-tight connection which encourages long-term stability while providing corrosion resistance
and have proven themselves as an excellent choice in this industry for several decades

Check out how WAGO products can help with your production needs. Innovative-IDM has WAGO parts for your application. Call Innovative-IDM for any questions 877-906-2100 or you can email us at

SMC Pneumatics Training in Austin

May 21, 2013

Coming to Austin on June 5 & 6 – Basic Pneumatic Circuits and Vacuum Pneumatics training.  Both classes are taught by SMC training specialist Raul Gonzalez, who leads pneumatic training classes all over the country.  All learning materials are provided, plus a catered hearty LUNCH.

Austin Pneumatics Training 
June 5, 2013 – Basic Pneumatic Circuits
June 6, 2013 – Vacuum Pneumatics
8:00 – 3:30 pm each day
$199 per class or attend both classes for $299!
(includes catered lunch)

To register for either BASIC PNEUMATIC CIRCUITS or VACUUM PNEUMATICS class, just email us at  To see a full schedule of training classes for 2013, visit our training website.

SMC Training Austin June 5 and 6, 2013

Yaskawa Training on Customer’s Site

May 20, 2013

Innovative-IDM and Yaskawa Motion went to our customer’s site last week to do training on motion control equipment. That’s Yaskawa Motion’s Sixto Morales doing the hands-on training and Jeff Moyer offering moral support in the background. Innovative-IDM works in concert with all of it’s core vendors to bring factory knowledge to a local level. If your staff needs training on PLCs, drives, motion controls, safety, whatever, we can probably help you out while keeping your staff on site and on call. Contact us and we’ll show you how easy it can be.  We do training in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Tennessee, Arkansas and about any place else we really need to be to help customers.