Archive for November 2014

Selecting the Right Safety System

November 26, 2014

Omron STI Safety Interlock Switches

Selecting the Right Safety System will Maximize Safety and Operate (Nearly) Transparently

Safety is the number one responsibility of every manufacturer – and it’s a particularly challenging and important task in operations where personnel work with potentially hazardous machinery.

That said, the best safety device is one that offers maximum safety with minimum impact on machine operations at the lowest possible cost.

Read How to Select the Right Safety System for Manufacturing Applications (October 2014, Manufacturing Business Technology) for practical tips to select the most appropriate safety devices for typical manufacturing applications.

For help in selecting the right safety system for your application or to order Omron STI safety products, call Innovative-IDM at 877.906.2100 or send us an email at info@iidm.com.

5 Reasons Manufacturers Outsource Assembly Work

November 25, 2014

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Innovative IDM
1625 Wallace Drive, Ste. 110
Carrollton, Texas 75006
Call: 877-906-2100

Hi Adam Ring with Innovative IDM. Now it’s a growing trend in industry for regional equipment manufactures to outsource all or part of their assembly work. Now there’s five primary reasons why a company might look at doing that.
The first one is the idea of variable versus fixed overhead. If you hire a bunch workers and have a large building you have quite a bit of fixed overhead because you got to pay for that rent every month, you got to pay the salaries of those employees, you got to pay for the benefits. So whether you have a lot of work to do or a little bit of work to do you still have to pay that fixed overhead.
Well if you outsource that assembly work then you are only paying for the work when you need it and as much as you need it. And so if you get a lot of work come in the door one day you can outsource that and another company basically like Innovative IDM could provide that assembly work for you. And if things slow down hey you don’t have to lay them off you don’t have to fire them you don’t have to pay unemployment you just simply don’t place more orders and when things get busy again you can place more orders with them.
Another point of why manufacturers outsource assembly work is you don’t have to go through the whole cycle of hiring, of training, and then firing, and then basically doing that over and over and over again in order to maintain a good staff of assembly techs. Also another really, really good reason why a lot of companies outsource their assembly work is they are just not in the business of doing certain things. Take this control panel for example. If you’re not in the business of building control panels, then why build it yourself? Why not outsource it to a company that is in the business, that’s experts at doing work just like this.
Now from an ownership perspective, it enables you by outsourcing all of the assembly work or a portion of it, in order to ship way more machines, so you’re not limited in the resources and space you have available. You can basically distribute that work out, and get more done in the same amount of time. And that in turn leads us to our last point, which improves cash flow so you basically get assemblies in, you don’t have to pay for them for typically 30 days after you get them in, and by that time you can get them installed in your machine, shipped that machine, and get that clock ticking to get paid by your customer. You also reduce the amount of inventory you have to carry so you don’t have that money tied up on the shelf in the form of parts. You can use it in the bank, where its working for you, and by outsourcing assembly work, you can utilize the just in time techniques, that enable you to get parts exactly when you need it so that it can literally be married to the machine when its ready for it and get it out the door as quick as possible.
So once again the 5 most common reasons companies outsource assembly work, the variable verses fixed overhead, not having to hire and train and fire assembly techs, just simply not in the business of doing certain kinds of work, you’re enabled to ship more machines in a given amount of time, and finally you get improved cash flow, reduced inventory, and able to get parts when you need them at the exact time when you need them. So if you’d like to learn more about outsourced assembly work, contact us innovativeidm.com we’re the home of the legendary customer experience.

Yaskawa VFD Training Coming to Oklahoma City

November 24, 2014

Coming to Oklahoma City on December 11, 2014 – Yaskawa A1000 training. This class will train you on the full features available on the Yaskawa A1000 drive. The A1000 offers network communications, feedback, and expandable I/O to control anything from simple fans and pumps to complex machines. You need this class to keep up.

Yaskawa A1000 Training OKC
December 11, 2014
8:30 – 4pm (lunch included)
Hampton Inn & Suites OKC Northwest
$249 per seat

Ready to sign up for Yaskawa VFD training – register today by calling Innovative-IDM at 877.906.2100 or email us at marketing@iidm.com. Check out our current training schedule anytime at www.innovativeidm.com/training. 

Yaskawa A1000 Training Oklahoma City December 11, 2014

Integrated Safety Into Machine Automation

November 20, 2014

Omron STI NX Series Safety Controller and Sysmac automation platform

We know successful machine builders have to deliver next-generation machines that are increasingly flexible, reliable and productive over the complete machine lifecycle.

That’s why Omron Automation and Safety offers next-generation automation and safety solutions that help OEMs build simpler and superior performing machines.

One example is our NX Series Safety Controller and Sysmac automation platform. This solution leverages one software platform on one network and in one control system resulting in integrated safety, logic, motion and vision disciplines.

For more information on the NX Series Safety Controller and Sysmac automation platform, call Innovative-IDM at 877.906.2100 or send us an email at info@iidm.com.

Source: November 2014, Safety, Technology & Innovation Update, Omron Automation & Safety

SMC Two Port Process Valve for Fluid Control

November 20, 2014

SMC Two Port Process Valve for Fluid Control of Industrial Equipment

Updating from the previous version, the VX2 valve series is available in resin, aluminum (new introductions), brass and stainless steel. This valve supports water, steam, oil, air and medium vacuum media. Common applications include:

Inline Dump Valve
Mixing
Water Transfer
Pick and Place
Direct Air Flow for Cooling and Sorting
System Flush
Spraying
Tank Fill
Air Motor Applications

Improvements from the previous design include:

Up to 20% Increase in Throughput (Size 1)
A 10% Smaller Footprint (Size 1)
As Much as 30% Lighter When Aluminum is Used (Size 1)
One Touch Plug and Play Functionality when Resin Housing is Ordered
Quieter Operation Using Low Noise Construction Techniques
Enhanced Durability Due to Changes in the Armiture and Coil Design

For more information or to order your SMC VX2 Series Two Port Process Valve, call Innovative-IDM at 877.906.2100 or email at info@iidm.com.

Innovative-IDM Donates 3,000 lbs of Food This Holiday Season

November 19, 2014

Innovative-IDM was called to serve the community this holiday season and serve we did; 3,000 lbs of food was collected between the Dallas and Houston locations.  Hunger doesn’t discriminate; families depend on services as the Food Banks strive to provide meals year round. Food banks, once thought of only as a poor person’s stigma, also serve the middle class like you and I. We have been blessed to work for an amazing company that supports and encourages it’s employees to give back and when Innovative gives back it’s Legendary. Donations from Houston weighed in at 785 lbs  and Dallas at 2,313 lbs – we all pulled together as a team and made a miracle happen for many families.

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How To Choose An Industrial Automation Repair Facility

November 18, 2014

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Innovative IDM
1625 Wallace Drive, Ste. 110
Carrollton, Texas 75006
Call: 877-906-2100

Hi I’m Gene Gray, welcome to the Innovative IDM intergalactic headquarters. Are you a manufacture? You know, the plant, the factory, where you’ve got the automated production facility, conveyors, robots, different machines. Is your supply chain helping you these days save time, be efficient, be more productive, increase your uptime? If you’re looking to choose a new partner in the automation and controls arena it’s important that you get a supplier that offers you more than parts.

You know it, its common and many of you already know about it, and you talk about it, you know reducing your vendor base, streamlining your supply chain. Well it’s important if you do, that the suppliers that you choose have a bigger basket to help with, and not just a bigger basket of parts. That’s why at Innovative IDM we’ve come up with 4 unique ways to help you. And I say unique not because no one does those things, it’s rare to find someone who does all four of those things. Right buzz?
Innovative IDM is a high tech distributor. We carry great product lines like Omron, SMC, Parker Hannifin, electromechanical products, Yaskawa drives, Yaskawa motion, Wago terminal blocks, and distributed IO. High tech distribution is one of those ways. We also have an industrial electric board repair facility. Where those expensive drives, touch screens, PLCs, when they break you don’t want to replace them new, you want to save a little bit and have them repaired. We do that in house.
Field service, the machine breaks down and your maintenance guy is on vacation, maybe you don’t have the high end tech that you need for the particular type of machine that broke down, well you call us. 24/7 365 we’ll send you a tech.

System integration number 4. That machine is a great machine, it’s been in service for a long time but the electronics are old they’re aged, they’ve been there since maybe the 60s or the 70s it’s time to get the newest greatest electrons. Well for drive centric control systems, we do a great job of engineering in the newest electronic items building that control panels, and commissioning that system for you. To bring that machine just think of the 64 mustang, great car just needs a new engine. So that’s what we do, we help you as the high tech distributer, we have an in-house repair facility, we have field service technicians, 24/7 365 they’re available, and then system integration. When that machine gets old it’s time to begin again, we can help you design a new system to control those machines. You know cradle the grave, we can help you commission the new machine when you buy it, when you start the plant up, keep you running while your plant produces parts, and years later when you need to upgrade we’re there.
Why would we put all those services together? Why would we create a package that’s that easy? That many things in one basket to help save you time? Well of course buzz its simple. It’s innovative, home of the legendary customer experience.

How To Stretch Your Facilities Maintenance Budget

November 12, 2014

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Innovative IDM
1625 Wallace Drive, Ste. 110
Carrollton, Texas 75006
Call: 877-906-2100

Hi I’m gene gray. Welcome to innovative IDMs intergalactic headquarters. Are you a manufacturing facility a plant with automated machinery, conveyors, and robots, all kinds of things spinning around and moving? Well you’ve got to keep it up and running. Sometimes that’s a stressful thing to do, and expensive, so let’s talk about a couple ways that buzz and I have been discussing that can potentially help you stretch your maintenance dollar, get the most out of that buck, help your budget go just a little bit further.
Now it’s important that when you talk about stretching your maintenance budget that you think about your supply chain. It’s not just the cost of parts, anybody’s going to tell you that that’s important, sure that’s important, but it’s not the most important, but it’s not unimportant. Now I’ve been in this business since 1989 and I’ve found by visiting many different factories that they’re all different, they don’t have the same capabilities. Some of them have different styles of maintenance teams heavier in mechanical or electrical, some have engineering departments, and some don’t have any of that. So what do you do, how do you keep it up and running?
Well one of the things you need to do is preventative maintenance programs and most of you probably know, do those right now, some of you have heard about it, when you have that pm program are you using hot spares? I mean you’ve got that spare sitting over there on the shelf when you bought it but the last time you had a controlled shut down did you install it, take out the other one you know was working fine, to make sure the spare actually works? To make sure that your maintenance people do have the skill set to practice putting that in, in a break down situation. If not, you might want to do that.
When something that’s expensive breaks, you want to stretch your dollar, get it repaired, send it to Innovative IDM we have an in house electronic repair department. Now if you’re one of those plants that don’t have all the resources that you need, maybe you’ve got a controlled shut down coming up, and you have a big project and you need some field service staff. Well outsource it. Innovative has a 24/7 365 field service team. We can send you the extra boots you need to get on the ground to get that project done. Maybe the thing that’s broke down or the problem that your having is too complicated for the staff you have, or like we’ve talked about maybe that guys on vacation, well give us a call we’d be happy to help you out.
Now you really want to get the most out of this dollar, you don’t want to call innovative just when you’re broke down, give us a shout so we can get out there, you can meet our field service team techs before that ever happens, we can get to know your machines, we can get to know your processes, that way if it’s in the middle of the night, production uptime is super important, we can be efficient as a team mate.
Now putting together a company that’s got field service technicians, a repair center, things that we can help you with from an outsourcing perspective, to make sure that your supply chain is playing a part in stretching your budget, why would we go through the trouble to do something like that? Huh buzz why would we do that? Well buzz knows it’s simple it’s innovative, were home to the legendary customer experience.

Thank You: Veterans Day 2014

November 11, 2014


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:

Dan Mahoney – Army (Sales Houston)

Danny Causey – Army (IT)

Mike Adams – Army (Sales Baton Rouge)

Percy Foster – Army (Field Service Dallas)

 

CD Oyeka – Navy (Technician Dallas)

Gene Gray – Navy (Utility Player)

James Nairn – Navy (Board Repair)

John Gray – Navy (Sales Dallas)

Lonnie Gillilan – Navy (Field Service Dallas)

Lonnie Muse – Navy (Field Service Dallas)

Mark Phelps – Navy (Board Repair)

Mike Terlesky – Navy (Engineer Houston)

Steve Lyons, Sr. – Navy (FAE Houston)

 

Jeff Smith – Air Force (Field Service Houston)

Jesse Simental – Air Force (Corporate Ops Dallas)

Jim Bishop – Air Force (Board Repair)

 

David Holmes – Marines (Technician, Board Repair)

Dustin Green – Marines (Sales Dallas)

Natasha Richardson – Marines (FAE Houston)

e-LEMON-ators Take the Dallas LCS win for October

November 6, 2014

Congratulations to the e-LEMON-ators, winners of the DFW LCS trophy for the month of October! Team member Paul Robison also took away the title of Best Host for conducting a donut eating contest when hosting his first-ever morning Hoopla meeting. When asked to comment on the victory, team captain Loren Henderson said “It was a tough battle with The 1% this month, but I think the most LEGENDARY team came out on top. We look forward to two more victories this year.”

e-LEMON-ators win Legendary Customer Service cup in October

The e-LEMON-ators: Ross Poste, Jesse Simental, Todd Mueller, Paul Robison. Tiffany Hopwood, JP Childress, Todd Fox (not pictured)