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November LCS Winners!!!

December 2, 2014

It is my honor to announce the winners

of our November LCS Cup……….

Kicking Your Axis!!!

The magical team comprised of Dustin Greene, Lonnie Muse, Steve Falcone, Pepper Hastings, Jennie Buker, Gene Mussell and team captain Gina Arredondo finished the month strong to win this coveted cup.

Kicking Your Axis has won a Team Lunch on the company as well as a Half Day Off for their prize. Looking forward to next month and another win, Gina Arredondo says, “Losing is never an option!”

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5 Reasons You Need An Industrial Preventive Maintenance Plan

August 26, 2014

 

Hi, I’m Lonnie Muse with Innovative IDM in a perfect world things work all the time, they never break, you never have problems.

Unfortunately, you and I are not in a perfect world. Whether it be our car, washing machine or home air conditioning, our kids bike or a plant; things are going to break. What we want to do is catch it before it breaks.

Like our car for instance; you change the oil on a regular basis, you change the tires on a regular basis. That’s so you don’t have the issue of a flat tire when you least expect it.

Murphy will strike every single time. The same effects happen in a plant. You have machines that run 24/7 sometimes and if we don’t have maintenance on those machines they will break.

One of the reasons to have a maintenance program is its cost-effective. That’s also the thing that keeps it from happening. Cost seems to be an issue.

In my experience cost has never been an issue when the machines broke. But it’s always an issue when the machine is running.

So, we have to take those factors into consideration. Studies show its more cost effective to do preventive or predictive or maintenance on a machine to improve its long-term reliability.

Improve its long-term reliability, you catch problems before they actually happen. The way to do that and catching the problem is do visual checks. To do air tests to make sure the flow of air coming in and out of panels is correct and the heat is being dissipated.

Because that’s one of the killers for a lot of machines. We’re doing temperature checks again to check the heat. Check voltages on things that change over time.

By doing this you reduce the risk of the machine going down. If you reduce the risk, you reduce the cost.

Because its costly to have a downed machine especially when the production is a hot job for a customer that needs to go out right now and the machine is now down and its going to take time to fix it.

Also, having a maintenance program is flexible allows you to determine when that machine can be offline and for how long. Because murphy strikes and it breaks, you don’t have to choice.

Also this maintenance can help you understand what the spares needed are. Spares management, replace things before they break when they need it and they’re aging or slowing down or not working well is a lot better than when they fail.

We’d like to help with that and your maintenance plan. We’d be happy to come and look at your machines; help you develop one, help you work at one.

Another cost effective thing that you can do is outsource the people that are coming into do the program. We could be those people for you.

For more information just go to InnovativeIDM.com look under field
service, you can also give me a call at our office or one of the field service managers will be happy to talk with you.

After all, we’re the home of the legendary customer experience.

July LCS Winners Revisited!

August 22, 2014

Blue Moon Friday wins Legendary Customer Service Cup in July

It’s halfway through the month and we wanted to revisit last month’s customer service team winners – Blue Moon Friday!!

It was a tough race but these Legendary individuals were able to pull through to win a Free Team Lunch on the company and a half day off. The LCS cup has become a very competitive competition here at Innovative IDM but through peer recognized Legendary Acts this team took the cup.

“You ain’t nothing on my Thank You cards!!”

50 kids every 15 minutes…

August 18, 2014

This is not the number of kids standing in line to ride a roller coaster. It’s the number of children who will arrive to receive school supplies collected, sorted and packaged by Metrocrest Services, Innovative-IDM and many other volunteers.

It was a privilege to spend the day with my fellow co-workers organizing and stuffing bags full of back-to-school goodies. Your donations of crayons, notebooks and other school supplies will be distributed to over 1,000 local students. Now that’s LEGEN-wait-for-it-DARY.

“I want to work for a company that contributes to and is part of the community. I want something not just to invest in. I want something to believe in.”  — Anita Roddick

I can proudly say I do work for a company that gives back to the community. Great job Innovators, you should be proud. We donated $480 in supplies plus the EXTRA LEGENDARY dollar-for-dollar match from IIDM president Gene Gray.

Back-to-School without Supplies? Not today…  — Britt Welch

Setting Up And Auto Tuning A Yaskawa Drive

August 12, 2014

 

For more information visit http://www.innovativeidm.com/

Hi! My name is Jack Marsh with Innovative IDM. Today I would like to talk about how to set up and auto tune a Yaskawa variable frequency drive. Users are often ask me when I am talking to them and visiting them about how do I configure and get this thing running. The manual, as you can see, can be quite large and intimidating, but it’s really a very simple device, that has very complicated uses if you want to make it that way.

The easiest way to start is to get one of these cheat sheets that Yaskawa provides. There is one for the Microdrive family, the V1000, there’s a couple more for the A1000 family because it’s a little higher featured. So there’s more operating modes. But using the cheat sheets, it walks you through how to wire the motor, the three or four simple parameters it wants you to use, and then the actual operation of setting up and auto tuning.

If you want a little more detail, you can always get the quick start guide where there are very simple flow charts you can use. It walks you through, step by step what you need to do to get the drive up and running- very simple. And if you needed to know everything possible about every perimeter there are the big, detailed complicated manuals that will tell you everything you need to know.

If you want to get copies of the cheat sheets, or the manuals, please contact us at Innovative Idm, where anyone you talk to will be able to get you the information, or get you to someone who can. If you want PDF copies, please go to our website at Innovativeidm.com and download whatever you need. And remember, Innovative IDM is the home of the legendary customer experience.

How AC Drives Can Save Money & Improve Your Power Factor

August 5, 2014

 

Hi, my name is Andy with Innovative-IDM. A lot of the time, when I’m out visiting customers, they have a variety of issues. One of the primary ones they have is: money. This money is basically due to, high energy cost from their utility company. And the main reason, this problem is occurring, is because their power factor is low.

Now, whenever we talk about power factor, really, what is it? Technically it is the ratio of the real power flowing to the load, to the apparent power in the circuit. Now, basically, all this is meaning is that, are you efficiently using the power coming in to your plant? Now, a lot of plants, back twenty, thirty, forty years ago were only using DC drives, DC motors, etc.

Now, these machines or these motors, these drives are inherently low on the power factor rating. Generally somewhere between 0 – 0.85 on the power factor rating. Now, An AC drive, for example, is usually between 0.85 and all the way up to 0.96 on the rating. What does this mean? AC drives are more efficient, they are extremely efficient in energy utilization compared to a DC motor or a DC drive.

Now, whenever you have, for example, a motor that’s running across the line with no drive at all, that power factor is directly related to the type of motor that it is, it’s duty cycle, etc. In general terms, putting a drive in front of a motor is always a good decision, because it will, more efficiently control the current traveling through that motor, end case is, savings.

Now, Yaskawa; for example, one of our manufactures of drives, actually provides a free download from our knowledge center at innovative-idm.com. Just click on knowledge center and you’ll find it. This energy savings predictor will allow you to input your motor, nameplate information, your drive name plate information and then, it’ll give you a graphical representation of, on average, what your power factor is, and how much you are capable to save. My suggestion to you is, to speak with your energy provider, as well as your local retrofit provider; Innovative-IDM and talk about how you can increase your power factor, thereby, saving more money.

For more information, go to http://www.innovativeidm.com and remember; Innovative-IDM is the home of the legendary customer experience.

Omron H3CA Digital Timer

August 4, 2014

Omron H3CA Digital Timer with LCD Bar Graph Display

Digital Timer with LCD Bar Graph Display – 1/16 DIN

Solid-State timer with 8 field selectable operation modes or ON-delay only model. Time remaining LCD bar graph and LCD output indicator Selectable no-voltage start, reset, gate and check inputs expand capabilities.

  • Time limit or Instantaneous output,
  • select SPDT or DPDT models (3 A @ 250 VAC)
  • Easy to install, fits 8- or 11-pin sockets
  • Universal AC/DC supply voltage timer available
  • Panel mounting adapters,sockets and accessories available
  • UL, CSA, SEV approved

For more information or to order your Omron H3CA Digital Timer contact Innovative-IDM at 877-906-2100 or email us at info@iidm.com.