Archive for September 2014

AR Advantages behind IEC61131 programming

September 30, 2014

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Hi I’m Adam Ring with Innovative IDM. Now people often wonder what is this IEC61131-3 programming all about. Well I often wonder that myself and actually what this is, is an international standard of programming languages. It’s made up of 5 different languages, sequential function chart, structured text, instruction list, ladder diagram, and function block diagram.
Now why would we want a suit of 5 different languages that’s standardized? Well if you’re an engineer or programmer you can go to school and learn these languages one time, get really good at them, and then regardless of who’s hardware you’re actually using for a particular machine design, if its programmed using this suit of languages then you already know how to program that particular hardware. So whether its vendor A, Vendor B, vendor C, if it follows that IEC61131 standard you already know how to program it.
So what that does for you is allows you to reuse code. You develop something that works really, really well, and you save it. And if you use that on this project and you need to use it on your next project you don’t need to rewrite it each time. It also gives you the flexibility to be able to pick the language that best suits the task that you’re trying to accomplish. So if you’re trying to do a whole lot of math structured text might be a really good way to go. If you doing some basic Boolean logic then maybe ladder diagram would be the best thing or if you’re trying to do a sequence of different events the sequential function chart might be the best. So whatever it is you pick the best language to get the job done and it’s going to save you time and money by not having to rewrite code each time, you’re not gonna have to learn a bunch of new languages for different hardware, and at the end of the day it makes you more valuable as a programmer by knowing how to use it.
So if you’d like to learn more about IEC61131 visit innovative IDMs knowledge center. We have information like papers, catalogs, videos, and more. After all were Innovative home of the legendary customer experience

Mike Terlesky Joins the Houston Engineering Team

September 29, 2014

Please join Buzz in welcoming Mike Terlesky to the Houston Engineering Team. Mike is originally from the Norfolk Virginia area, joined the Navy for a five year enlistment than attended Old Dominion University where he earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering and remained in Virginia working at Standard calibration Inc. Mike spent the last few years there working as a Controls Engineer designing, installing and troubleshooting controls panels for Commercial, Industrial and Military Facilities. In his spare time, Mike enjoys surfing, fishing, golf and hiking.

Mike Terlesky joins Innnovative-IDM Houston

Buzz Welcomes Jacob Hestand to Innovative-IDM

September 26, 2014

Please join Buzz in welcoming Jacob “Bob” Hestand as a full-time member of the Houston Contract Manufacturing team! Jacob has been with Innovative-IDM as a part-timer for the last two months. He is from Cypress, Texas and in his free time he enjoys watching sports and playing video games.

Buzz Welcomes Jacob Hestand to Innovative-IDM

Soap and Bubbles…Whaaaat?

September 25, 2014

Step right up with your best bubble blower and earn your team 50 points! That’s what Anna did with her award winning BOB (big ol’ bubble). The competition was tight, but no one was able to beat her one, single, giant, bubble.

There are many ways we have fun at work, but today we did it with bubbles. Congratulations team Bezibees, you guys are 50 points closer to possibly winning a half day off! – Britt W.

Contract Manufacturing from Innovative-IDM: Electrical Control Panels, 508A, Pneumatic Assemblies

September 23, 2014

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Do you need Electrical Control Panels, 508A, Kitting, Pneumatic Assemblies, Aluminum Extrusion work stations and assemblies? Have you run out of time and/or expertise and need help? Innovative-IDM contract manufacturing is a UL508A control panel shop among many other things. Adam Ring tells the story.

Jon McPherson joins Houston Field Service Team

September 17, 2014

Please join Buzz in welcoming Jon McPherson to the Innovative-IDM Houston Field Service Team! Jon has been previously employed as an Automation/Industrial Electronics-Electrical Technician with the Kellogg’s Corporation and an Engineering Technician w/Paradigm Consultants. He has an excellent background w/SCADA systems, Allen Bradley, Siemens PLCs, various electronic, pneumatic, and hydraulic controls systems. Jon has attended Texas Tech University, Houston Community College, and he is a member of the American Society of Certified Engineering Technicians.

Jon McPherson joins Innovative-IDM


Innovative-IDM DFW Facility Tour: Multiple Ways to Help Your Manufacturing Facility

September 16, 2014


If you are an engineer or maintenance professional in an industrial manufacturing setting, Innovative-IDM has an entire facility of services and products that can help you, including 24-hour field service technicians.

We have a presence in Houston, DFW, Austin, San Antonio, Tulsa, OKC, Little Rock, Memphis, Baton Rouge, Mobile and other areas. Here is a quick tour of our DFW location.

If you’d like further information about our services, please go to and click on the knowledge center.

After all, Innovative IDM is the home of the legendary customer

Buzz Welcomes Todd Overstreet to Innovative-IDM

September 15, 2014

Join Buzz in welcoming Todd Overstreet to the Innovative-IDM Houston Sales Team! Todd is originally from the area having grown up in Houston. He attended the University of Houston and graduated with a business degree in Sales and Marketing. Todd comes to us from an outside sales role with Scott Equipment. In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball, working out, anything outdoors and spending time with family.

Todd Overstreet joins Innovative-IDM

Bitter Sweet Ending to a Great Beginning

September 12, 2014

Thanks to all our newbies that just completed a week of new hire training at our corporate headquarters. As the week comes to an end, and everyone disperses back to their home offices, we hope you learned a lot and had some fun while you were here.

Handwritten Thank You Cards Make Positive Impact With Customers

September 12, 2014

In the past 12 months, our employees have handwritten and mailed 2,651 thank you cards to current and new customers. That’s an average of about 10 per day, every business day. No one is required to write thank you cards. An attitude of gratitude is of the highest order at Innovative-IDM. When was the last time your staff mailed — not an email, text or phone call — a handwritten thank you note to your customer? Does your company provide thank you cards and envelopes to encourage your staff to thank customers?