Posted tagged ‘AC drives’

Russian Irrigation System

February 18, 2014

A well packaged irrigation system being sent to Russia to water their wheat fields:

Ag2000 overview

This system uses a custom designed Yaskawa Finless AC Motor control using the simplest of user interface.  Using the KISS method has opened a significant market for this irrigation system manufacturer.

Yaskawa Drives Roadshow is back in Memphis on June 27

June 11, 2013

Yaskawa’s famous Road Show for Drives Training is coming back to Memphis!

A1000 Drive Training
Memphis VFD Training 
Thursday –  June 27, 2013
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Hampton Inn & Suites Wolfchase Galleria
2935 N. Germantown Road, Bartlett, TN 38133
$249 (lunch provided)

This will be hands-on programming training on the A1000 drive. All drives, motors, equipment is provided, as is lunch. If you’ve been planning to send one of your employees (or yourself) to the MEMPHIS YASKAWA VFD Training, please act now.
Reserve your seat for a full day of A1000 training from the nation’s busiest VFD trainer, Stephen Whittaker of Yaskawa Electric USA. Just give us a call at 877.906.2100 or send us an email at  Click here to see a full 2013 training schedule from Innovative-IDM University.
Yaskawa Drives Roadshow in Memphis on June 27

Yaskawa Drives Roadshow coming to Tulsa on June 24

June 4, 2013
Coming to Tulsa! Yaskawa’s famous Road Show for Drives Training.A1000 Drive Training
Tulsa VFD Training 

Monday – June 24, 2013  

8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Hampton Inn & Suites Tulsa Central
3418 S 79th E Ave, Tulsa, OK 74145
$249 (lunch provided)

This will be hands-on programming training on the A1000 drive. All drives, motors, equipment is provided, as is lunch. If you’ve been planning to send one of your employees (or yourself) to the TULSA YASKAWA VFD Training, please act now.

Reserve your seat for a full day of A1000 training from the nation’s busiest VFD trainer, Stephen Whittaker of Yaskawa Electric USA.

Class limited to 18. To reserve your seat simply send us an email at or give us a call at 877.906.2100.  Don’t forget to check out our 2013 training schedule here.

Yaskawa VFD training in Tulsa June 24

Another Happy Customer

March 8, 2013

These testimonials just keep rolling in. Have you experienced Innovative-IDM’s LEGENDARY customer service for yourself? Really? Why not?

From: Shelby
Date: March 7, 2013, 2:41:09 PM CST
To: ‘Danial Mahoney’ <>
Subject: RE: Servo Drive

Danial Mahoney was out here last week and I gave him two Yaskawa drives for repair. I have always found your services exception and have not and will not even take calls form other companies that offer simpler services. I have yet to have a complaint with anything that your have done for us at this point.

Thank you for contacting me and I look forward to a continued relationship with your company.

Shelby, XXX Knife Company, Maintenance

Innovative-IDM Acquires Advanced Control Engineering Supply

January 3, 2013

Acquisition bolsters Memphis area factory automation and control distributor.

Carrollton, Texas – Innovative-IDM, one of the Gulf Region’s leading distributors of factory automation and controls parts, factory repairs, and a five-time INC 5000 Award recipient, announced today it has purchased Advanced Control Engineering Supply (ACES) of Jackson, Tenn.

ACES operations, inventory and personnel will fold into the Memphis branch of Innovative-IDM. In 2012, I-IDM moved its Memphis branch to a newer 5,000-square foot warehouse and office facility in Bartlett, Tenn.

Since 2010, Innovative-IDM has made several acquisitions, including Omron Service Centers (2010), MidSouth Drives and Controls (2010), and Mainframe Concepts (2011).

“Advanced Control Engineering Supply has a strong and positive history in the Memphis area manufacturing community,” said Gene Gray, president of Innovative-IDM, who also praised the reputation of ACES owner Todd Warren. “Todd is one of the strongest assets we gain from this acquisition and adding his industry and technical knowledge to our team is a big plus for all of our customers. The real winner will be our combined customers.”

Says Warren, “I’m really looking forward being a part of a strong team. Innovative-IDM has an outstanding reputation and a track record of success.”

ACES started in 2001 in Jackson, Tenn., as a stocking distributor for OMRON and other automation and control lines, eventually carrying nearly 30 lines of product. Innovative-IDM brings nearly four decades of expertise in parts distribution, field service, and component repairs and is an undisputed authority on everything related to AC and DC Drives.

Innovative-IDM, a five-time INC 5000 Award recipient, is headquartered in Carrollton, Texas, with locations in Houston, Baton Rouge, Little Rock, Memphis, Oklahoma City, San Antonio, and Tulsa. Besides offering industrial field service at all locations, I-IDM also operates a substantial industrial electronics repair facility in Houston.

3 Questions to Ask When Choosing an Electronic Repair Service

July 26, 2012

Repairs: The Problem that Keeps You Awake

You have a malfunctioning AC Drive, Circuit Board, DC Drive, Servo, Controller, PLC or other industrial electronics part. Where do you send it for service? How do you determine which repair service depot is the best fit for your situation.

Your choices are varied. You can send it to the OEM of the part, but many times the part is obsolete or the repair just too expensive – after all, OEMs are in the business of selling new parts, not necessarily fixing old ones. If the part still is under warranty from the OEM, this could be your best bet, however.

Should you use your current repairs vendor? Or should you examine some new avenues for repair service? Most maintenance pros recommend that you have several quality vendors available to you for repair houses. That way, if Vendor A is backed up on turnaround time, you can have a backup plan and use Vendor B.  If Vendor B doesn’t work on certain parts, then Vendor C does….and so on.

If you doing some searching for additional help with electronic repairs, here are three important questions to ask prospective repair companies.

3 Questions to Ask

Before you send in your electronics for repair, ask the service provider these three questions:


Careful. Many services offer to “waive” the evaluation fee after you approve the repair, or to “subtract” the evaluation fee after you approve the repair. Fact is, paying for repairs evaluations is not necessary in today’s environment. You should be able to find a service that provides you with an evaluation whether or not you decide to eventually repair the item or not. Some services even offer online repair price lookup tools so you can ballpark a repair BEFORE you even send it in for evaluation.

Be wary of terms like “Evaluation Fee,” “Bench Fee,” and other terms that may indicate that you have to pay to find out what’s wrong with your part.  Ask these questions up front. Don’t pay for evaluations. Look for a repair service that will quote you a price, then offer YOU the decision what to do from there: Approve the quote, return the part unrepaired, or simply dispose of the part. The less hassle for you, the better.

Does your repair warranty COVER THE COMPLETE PART? 

Repair warranty periods are a key factor in choosing a repair service. Make sure you are getting at least a one-year warranty on the repair and also make sure the warranty covers the ENTIRE PART and not just the repaired area of the part. Some electronic repair companies will only cover the repairs they made, and you can negotiate a better deal than that for sure.

After all, remember that repairs are just another term for “troubleshooting” and even the best repair services can, on rare occasions, miss on a bench diagnosis. The good repair houses, however, will minimize the chance of this happening by performing additional testing on ALL AREAS of the part after the repair is made. That means they will check for loose wires, weakened components, testing under load and will generally inspect and clean the part to ensure it’s in true working order before it ships back to you.

What is the turnaround time for my repair?

Always the crucial question: How long will it take to repair my part? Again, ask this BEFORE you send in the part. Most electronic repair companies have published turnaround times. Some even offer Expedited and/or RUSH services for emergency situations. These rush turnarounds will cost extra, but it may be worth moving to the head of the line no matter what the cost if you are in an emergency situation.

The company you want is the repair depot that will under-promise and over-deliver. That is, they publish a 7-10 day turnaround and you get your part back in five business days. That rocks, but you’ll have to take a leap of faith and try a service before you’ll have a good feel for their delivery habits. First impressions mean a lot, so hold the company to their turnaround promise. Remember, too, that when you are asked to approve a quote for repair, you’re doing yourself a big favor on turnaround time if you approve that quote as soon as you make the decision.

No Evaluation Fee, Warranty the Entire Part, Good Turnaround Options

Asking these 3 questions can help your evaluate how a repair service facility will perform for your needs. It doesn’t take much time to ask these questions in advance, and it will save you a lot of time and headaches later down the line. Repairs already keep you awake at night: Choose a repair service that makes repair submissions easy (preferably an online tool), does not charge for evaluations, has a warranty on the repair AND the entire part, and offers turnaround times that fit your needs.

If you need to cut through the red tape on these issues quickly, call Innovative-IDM’s Electronic Repair services at 800.237.3278 or go to

Omron 3G3MX2 AC Drives Now Available with EtherNet/IP INterface

November 9, 2011

Omron has expanded the industrial communication options for its compact Omron 3G3MX2 AC Drives to simplify integration into production lines and work cells.  The front panel mounting EtherNet/IP communication interface unit (3G3AX-MX2-EIP-A) imparts network slave capabilities to the AC Drives.  The EtherNet/IP interface makes it easy for machine builder OEMs to standardize on 3G3MX2 AC Drives for equipment designed for use in North America.  3G3MX2 AC Drives come with a wide range of network interfaces in addition to EtherNet/IP, including:  EtherCAT, DeviceNet, CompoNet, Profibus-DP, and MECHATROLINK-II.  For more information, or to order your Omron 3G3MX2, call Innovative-IDM at 877-906-2100.

Omron 3G3MX2