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

January 20, 2015

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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.

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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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!

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

Jennie Buker joins Innovative-IDM Accounting Team

October 8, 2014

Please join Buzz in welcoming Jennie Buker to our Accounting team! Jennie has previously worked in A/P at Action Imports in Grand Prairie, Texas. She has an associates degree in liberal arts from Trinity Valley Community College and is expected to graduate with her bachelor’s degree in accounting from UT Arlington next year. She is originally from Athens, Texas and enjoys playing guitar and sand volleyball. We are excited to have Jennie as part of team Innovative-IDM!

Jennie Buker joins accounting team at Innovative-IDM

And the Winner of the Houston LCS Hoopla is…

October 6, 2014

Team 50 Shades of Gray should really be called the 72 Shades of Gray Hairs after the hair raising back and forth battle between the Wire Wound Capacitors and Stepped on a Lego LCS teams.  As of September 19th, 50 Shades of Gray increased to 63 gray hairs as they strenuously pushed out of 3rd place in a dire effort to reach first place. Team Leader Marc Phelps corralled his team to drive for more LCS points; mentioning Legendary Customer Acts and Thank you cards put the nail in the proverbial coffin. 50 Shades arose victorious by the end of the month.  When asked when they will be taking their half day off, the team responded in concert with a resounding ‘FRIDAY!’

Team 50 Shades of Gray wins Innovative-IDM LCS cup