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Safety Rated vs NonSafety Rated Components

December 2, 2014

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

Hi, my name is Jeff Rogers. Often times I’m asked what the difference is between safety rated and non-safety rated components. There is a really big difference. I often walk into plants and see components all over the place that people are using such as through beam sensors for perimeter guarding that are not safety rated. To not use safety rated components can mean the difference between a law suit, potential injury or death and just a properly functioning safety system. A few things that I wanted to discuss today are a few of the differences between the two, how they can resemble each other and still be completely different, and what is going to make one a better choice than the other.
If you are going to use a component for a safety circuit, when you are thinking safety components that needs to ring in your mind reliability, redundancy, and fail safe. Those are the three main things that should come to mind when thinking about that. Like the example I stated earlier a through beam sensor can be used as a perimeter guard, but if it is not hooked up to a safety monitoring relay for instance if there is a problem with that sensor the circuit may not know. Your machine may keep operating even if someone walks through and someone could potentially get hurt by that piece of equipment. There are also things out there such as programmable safety controllers that exist, as well as just discrete components such as interlocks or safety rope pulls that have certain types of internal components that are used so that it’s reliable, it’s called control reliability. That’s the one thing you always want to make sure. You’ll hear things such as force guided contacts that are important in these types of components it basically means if a contact welds shut it can then be forced open so that the circuit can be broken. Most safety circuits are closed circuits, so in the event of power loss the circuit is broken and everything fails to a stop. If you look at this interlock you can see this is a tongue and groove type interlock. The internals of it you can see if I push on the plunger in here you can see that red piece moves the contacts up and down. They are all mechanically linked together. That is one example. Another thing is this symbol right here which is a circle with an arrow inside of it stands for forced guided contact. That is important to use when picking out safety components.
The things that you really want to remember are the safety regulated components are more expensive, they always will be because of the redundancy that is built in. When it could mean serious injury or death don’t go cheap because if you do it could cost you more in the long run. If you are not sure, there are a lot of grey areas, ask somebody. Don’t leave it to chance. There are professionals out there. You could go to our website at innovative-idm.com and go to our knowledge center. We have white pages that exist and we could come out on site and help you solve those things. We’re not the safety police. We’re not going to report you to OSHA, but we want to help you make better decisions when dealing with safety circuits and know that there is a difference. Using non safety rated components in a safety circuit is never okay. That is all I have for you today. After all we are the home of the Legendary Customer Experience.

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.

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)    

Pumpkin Carving Contest – Vote Now for Your Favorite!

October 27, 2014

The 2nd Annual Innovative-IDM Pumpkin Carving Contest starts now! Vote for your favorite contender here on the blog until 5pm on Tuesday, October 28 – hover over the photo or click on the gallery to see each pumpkin’s number. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be announced on Wednesday, October 29.  Thank you to all who participated this year!

Top 5 Parts Sent To Industrial Electronics Repair Facilities

October 14, 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 intergalactic headquarters. Today me and buzz were talking about ways we can save you time, save money, and maybe even stress. If you’ve got a manufacturing facility with conveyors, with robots, machinery, all those machines the things that spin around, move back and forth, that motion, is created by and controlled by PLCs, touch screens, HMIs, AC drives, DC drives. These are things that fail overtime do to age, vibration, your environment, and they can be expensive to replace.
If you want to get it repaired sometimes you’ve got to figure out where did you buy it, who made it, where do you send it back. Well let’s simplify that, at Innovative IDM we’ve got a one stop shop repair center in Houston Texas. Now what we do there is we repair anything in the industrial electronics arena. What we’re really good at are AC drives, VFDs, DC drives and the bigger the horsepower the better, touch screens, rectifiers, power supplies, PLCs, doesn’t matter the brand, we make it easy. You can contact us by going to innovativeidm/repairs click on the video link, or call us up if you’d prefer it at 1 800 237 3278
The three ways to contact us. You could send us an email, or you could call us at 1 800 237 3278 if you prefer, you could click on the link on this website to innovativeidm/repairs and whether you fill out the RMA form or we do it for you, if you call us on the phone what it results in is a piece of paper that you can print out, send in with your repair, and 1 of 3 things are going to happen. Of course we are going to provide you a free, no obligation quote, which is going to include a one year warranty. At innovative we don’t just repair your supplies we really refurbish them. Now call us up or get in touch with us and we’ll help you understand what that means. But once you get that quote you’ve got 3 choices. Go ahead and turn us loose to repair that item and send it back to you, have us recycle it because having it repaired doesn’t make financial sense, or simply let us return it to you unrepaired if that’s what you prefer to do.
Now we’ve got 3 easy ways to contact us, we’ve got a simple no obligation quote for all those things you need repaired, now we make it easy. Why? Well simple right buzz? Cause its Innovative home of the legendary customer experience.

Buzz Welcomes Antoinette Anderson to Innovative-IDM

October 10, 2014

Please join Buzz in welcoming Antoinette Anderson to our Customer Service team as a Data Entry Specialist in the Carrollton office. Antoinette just recently moved to Texas from Champaign, Illinois where she previously worked at The Warranty Group. She grew up in Chicago and Champaign, Illinois. Antoinette loves reading, writing poetry, and hanging out with her family in her spare time. We look forward to watching her grow with Innovative-IDM and know she will provide Legendary Customer Service! We are excited to have Antoinette as part of our Customer Service team!

Antoinette Anderson joins Innovative-IDM