Archive for January 2015

5 Ways Temperature Controllers Help Industrial Automation

January 28, 2015

Hi, my name is Andy Lewis with Innovative-IDM, and today I’d like to talk to you about that dime-a-dozen controller located in your plant that is often overlooked, and generally serves its purpose day in and day out. Although they may break down occasionally, I want to make sure that you’re choosing the right temperature controller for the right application.

There are four categories of temperature controllers. There’s the general purpose, the economy, a modular version and the PLC version. All of these have features, benefits and advantages. For the most part, they are all going to have a basic alarm system. Some of them are going to have a more advanced PID-Loop, ramp, soak, temperature changes. And, for the most part, whenever it comes down to the alarms that they put out or the amount of thermo-regulators that they can input within their own controller, the number increases.

General purpose controllers meet a wide range of applications; generally needs for the food processing industry, packaging, extruders, semi-conductors, etc. They’re around there, they’re a dime-a-dozen, you see them all the time.

Next up, is more the economy type and they are relatively simple in function. They don’t have all the bells and whistles that all the other ones are going to have. They are basically going to be able to tell you “Hey! My temperature is this, I need to be at this level, and I’m going to get to this level over this amount of time.” That’s it.

Next, is a modular type, which allows you to have increased capability or decreased capability based upon changes in the application, changes in the product, etc. It all comes down to how many thermo-regulators and controllers you use in conjunction with each other.

Finally, is the PLC version, which is the most advanced version and has the PID instruction in it. Basically, what it means is that it’s very advanced in the way it controls, how tightly it controls the temperature, how quickly it raises it, how quickly it lowers it, etc. That’s whenever the application has a very crucial temperature that can’t go above or below say one or two percent.

I hope this set of categories for the temperature controllers helps you out. If you need any more information, please go to our Knowledge Center at innovativeidm.com and once again, my name is Andy Lewis. Remember, Innovative-IDM is Home of the Legendary Customer Experience.

Yaskawa Roadshow Training in San Antonio February 2015

January 26, 2015

The Yaskawa Drives Roadshow is coming to San Antonio in February for A1000 training. Call us at 877.906.2100 or send us an email at marketing@iidm.com to reserve your seat today!

Yaskawa A1000 Training San Antonio
February 20, 2015
8:30 – 4pm (lunch included)
$249 per seat

This will be hands-on programming training on the A1000 drive. All drives, motors, equipment is provided.  To see where the Yaskawa Drives Roadshow will be going next, check out our training page at innovativeidm.com/training.

Yaskawa A1000 training San Antonio February 2015

Yaskawa A1000 Training in Houston February 2015

January 21, 2015

The Yaskawa Drives Roadshow is coming to Houston in February for A1000 training. Seats will go fast, reserve yours today!

Yaskawa A1000 Training Houston
Two training dates to choose from!
February 17 or 18, 2015
8:30 – 4pm (lunch included)
$199 per seat

This will be hands-on programming training on the A1000 drive. All drives, motors, equipment is provided.  To see where the Yaskawa Drives Roadshow will be going next, check out our training page at innovativeidm.com/training.

Yaskawa A1000 training Houston February 2015

O Captain! My Captain!

January 20, 2015

Patient and steady with all he must bear
Ready to meet every challenge with care
Easy in manner, yet solid at steel,
String in his faith, refreshingly real,
Isn’t afraid to propose what is bold,
Doesn’t conform to the usual mould,
Eyes that have foresight, for hindsight won’t do
Never backs down when he sees what is true,
Tells it all straight and means it all too,
Going forward and knowing he’s right,
Even when doubted for why he would fight
Over and over he makes his case clear,
Reaching to touch the ones who won’t hear,
Growing in strength, he would not be unnerved,
Ever assuring he’ll stand by his word.
Wanting the world to join his firm stand,
Bracing for war, but praying for peace,
Using his power so eveil will cease :
So much a leader and worthy of trust,
Here stands a man who will do what he must.

AURF!!! AURF!!! AURF!!!

Top 5 reasons Allen-Bradley May not be your best application solution

January 20, 2015

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

Hi my name is Jack Marsh with Innovative IDM. Today I’d like to talk a little bit about Allen Bradley and maybe perhaps why it’s not always the best solution for your application. Allen Bradley makes fine products, and they are quality products, and they’ve got a very broad offering, but they are not always the perfect solution for every application. We’ve really identified, 5 reasons why that’s the case.

Alan Bradley has a very successful top down marketing approach, and convinced large end users in specific market segments, to standardize on their products. And then those end users can dictate to the machine builders that they go to, that Allen Bradley is the products that’s going to be used in their machines, but that allows Allen Bradley to charge more for their hardware and software. They don’t have to be competitive with the market if their users are dictating their products are going to be used in the machines. There’s also the support cost. If you don’t have a service agreement, or a purchase order, or a credit card, handy when you call Allen Bradley for factory support you’re going to be out of luck. So you better have those things in mind when you call to get support from them

Then all of their software sold on an alacart basis, so say for example you purchase the PLC programming software then say later on down the road you find that you need to configure some network communications, or perhaps you want to simulate the PLC and HMI interactions without having the hardware present. Well that network communication suit is an additional product you’re going to have to purchase, the simulation package is an additional product you’re going to have to purchase. Wherein a lot of other manufactures those functions are built into the software you buy for the programming.

Another thing Alan Bradley does that allows them to offer a very broad product line without incurring high development cost is to private label products from other manufactures, but the downside of that is there is not a consistent look and feel across the product line. So a small ac drive for example may program and configure completely differently than the large variable frequency drives from Allan Bradley. And if one of the manufacturers there private labeling from happens to have a discontinuation or product change there are ramifications for Allen Bradley products that are beyond their control, there might not be a simple replacement for that.

And then the last thing to consider is the international support. While Allen Bradley has a very large market share in the US their presence in Europe and Asia is not nearly as large so if you’re building machines for the overseas market and you’re going to need support after it’s installed that might be an issue.

If you’d line to research some of the options to Allen Bradley such as Omron, Yaskawa, Parker, or Wago, please visit our website at innovativeidm.com and remember Innovative IDM is the home of the legendary customer experience.

2015 Kickoff Event just around the corner

January 15, 2015

As the Innovative-IDM 2015 Kickoff Event subtitled “Thinknology” fast approaches, I reflect on kickoff’s of years past and wonder what new memories and lifelong friends will be made next week.  I look forward to collecting the 2015 edition of the IIDM trading card set.  I look forward to spending time with my extended IIDM family.  I look forward to competing for points as the 9TQ-BERTS march on to victory.  I am ready!  What are you most looking forward to about this year’s kickoff event?

Thinknology

Sneak Peak-“Kickoff 2015” here we come Nerdvana Style!!!!!

January 13, 2015

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5 Most Common Reasons An AC Drive Ends Up Needing Repair

January 13, 2015

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

Hi I’m Lonnie Muse with Innovative IDM. Gonna talk a little bit about AC drives this morning. These things are wonderful, they have come into being and lasted a long time and there’s a real great need for them in our plants, but they are put into some places that have difficult environments. So I wanna kinda talk about the AC drive Failures.
Maybe have it medicated a little bit and what causes is. The biggest cause is not the product itself but the things that surround it. Heat is the biggest issue. It does produce a little bit of heat. It adds to the environment around it the ambient temperature. All the other products in that panel that are creating heat add to the source, if we don’t get that heat out of there or cool it down overtime this will die. Especially if it’s a dusty environment or other airborne things that are attracted to the fans in the back of the drive and aren’t cleaned out. Or the motor, I’m sorry the fan of the AC drive stops, not pulling the air through.
The biggest thing is heat we need to mitigate that. The next thing is power spikes that come through. Whether it’s caused by machines upstream or where there’s cause by lighting, or the power company, or somebody hitting a power pole outside, power spikes can kill these drives really quickly. So we need to have steps, to take steps to eliminate some of that or at least reduce it. One of the steps could be a reactor put in front of the drive that will help keep from the power spikes coming in and damaging the drive.
Another area where our drive fails is because of the other end it’s attached to the motor. If the motors not taken care of, If it’s not maintenance, if the bearings aren’t greased. There are issues that a motor, and this is related to heat as well, can short out. And if it shorts normally it’s gonna take the drive as well. It’s gonna short internally, draw too much current and will damage the drive. Check the motors.
The last, the next one I guess is age. The mean time between failures for these typical drives here is 28 years. But I guarantee you if you don’t do things ahead of time and keep it working when it gets to 10 years, 15 years, 20 years. We’re gonna start having failure. Can you imagine 20 years old and still running, some of us don’t drive cars that old. So age can affect things. Things deteriorate, change overtime, and eventually there’s failure.
The largest one and usually it happens on the front end when a drive is being installed is it’s installed incorrectly. What I have seen in my experience customers put the input power on the power leads of the drive which just tears it up. It fails. They have 24 volts for the inputs and the outputs and it puts 110 on it. So sometimes it’s installation driven. Not the product itself just improper installation.
If you’d like to know more about this come see us at http://www.innovativeidm.com we’ve got white papers, we’ve got products, we’ve got technical expertise that can help. After all were the home of legendary customer experience.
5 Most Common Reasons An AC Drive Ends Up Needing Repair

Yaskawa Application Overview: Grinder

January 6, 2015

Click here for the full “Application Overview: Grinder” from Yaskawa.

Yaskawa Grinder Application

Heavy cutting is done at slow speed. With a constant wheel pressure on the material to be shaped, the pounds/minute of material removed, or work done, varies with the wheel speed. This is the constant torque part of the profile. After the heavy cutting is complete, a polishing (light cutting) operation is performed. A high speed, lighter wheel-to-material pressure is maintained; therefore, less material in pounds/minute is removed. This is the constant horsepower part of the load profile.

Yaskawa AC drives have features that save energy, which allows the motor to run at optimal efficiency and precision when performing light grinding. Energy Saving Mode also reduces motor noise and stabilizes the load, perfecting the finishing process. Yaskawa AC drives can automatically detect changes to the amount of torque required during the shaping and finishing phases using Torque Detection. This feedback enables the drive to quickly detect changes as the grinding stone dulls or clogs. This can lead to significant cost savings by prolonging the life of grinding stones.

Innovative-IDM is your #1 Yaskawa supplier. Call us today at 877.906.2100 or send us an email at info@iidm.com.

Why You Need to Backup Your PLC Programs

January 6, 2015

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

Hi I’m Lonnie Muse with Innovative IDM. Would like to talk to you a little bit about why you should back up your PLC, but first I’d like to show you something. Something that’s really horrifying, something that will just kill your day at the plant. This is what we need to look at, this is something nobody noticed. Nobody noticed that PLC light going off, here’s the culprit a little bitty 40$ battery. You know what the result was? The programs got lost when they turned the power off, turned the machine back on guess what no production. Can you imagine this you’ve got a production line down because of a battery and no back up when the tech tells you there’s no back up, I don’t have the programs, we don’t know where they’re at, can’t find them. How long do you think that’ll be down?
Now the first big issue is being prepared for that. This is a 40$ resolution, make sure to keep the PLC on so you don’t lose it when you change this. The next thing is to back up your programs in the PLC there’s a couple ways to do that. One is a little SanDisk that will fit in a PLC normally, the other is something like a CD or your server or a laptop. If you have the back up along with the software to put it in and out of your machine then the battery’s not such a big deal because you can recover. But if you don’t have this recovery is a lot of money and a lot of time because now you’ve got to recreate everything from scratch and that’s thousands, maybe 10 thousands of dollars.
So you get a choice here, 40, or 10 thousand, a few minutes a few cents, or 10 thousand, you pick.
We can help with that back up issue! Give us a call at Innovative IDM or go on our website at innovativeidm.com click on the field service and request some help. Come out and do that, give me a call id be glad to help. After all were the home of the legendary customer experience