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New OSHA Regulations for Reporting Serious Injuries

December 8, 2014

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Effective January 1, 2015, workplaces under federal OSHA jurisdiction will be required to report all serious work-related injuries within 24 hours of their occurrence.

These include in-patient hospitalizations, amputations or losses of an eye; fatalities will require that OSHA be notified within eight hours.

Read Revised OSHA Rule Requires Employers to Report All Serious Injuries within 24 Hours (September 2014, EHS Today) to learn more about the change, and its intended impact on employers, workers and injury rates.

Prevent serious injuries at your plant with safety equipment from Omron STI. For help with your safety system or to order Omron STI equipment, call Innovative-IDM at 877.906.2100 or email us at info@iidm.om

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.

Selecting the Right Safety System

November 26, 2014

Omron STI Safety Interlock Switches

Selecting the Right Safety System will Maximize Safety and Operate (Nearly) Transparently

Safety is the number one responsibility of every manufacturer – and it’s a particularly challenging and important task in operations where personnel work with potentially hazardous machinery.

That said, the best safety device is one that offers maximum safety with minimum impact on machine operations at the lowest possible cost.

Read How to Select the Right Safety System for Manufacturing Applications (October 2014, Manufacturing Business Technology) for practical tips to select the most appropriate safety devices for typical manufacturing applications.

For help in selecting the right safety system for your application or to order Omron STI safety products, call Innovative-IDM at 877.906.2100 or send us an email at info@iidm.com.

Integrated Safety Into Machine Automation

November 20, 2014

Omron STI NX Series Safety Controller and Sysmac automation platform

We know successful machine builders have to deliver next-generation machines that are increasingly flexible, reliable and productive over the complete machine lifecycle.

That’s why Omron Automation and Safety offers next-generation automation and safety solutions that help OEMs build simpler and superior performing machines.

One example is our NX Series Safety Controller and Sysmac automation platform. This solution leverages one software platform on one network and in one control system resulting in integrated safety, logic, motion and vision disciplines.

For more information on the NX Series Safety Controller and Sysmac automation platform, call Innovative-IDM at 877.906.2100 or send us an email at info@iidm.com.

Source: November 2014, Safety, Technology & Innovation Update, Omron Automation & Safety

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.

How To Stretch Your Facilities Maintenance Budget

November 12, 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 innovative IDMs intergalactic headquarters. Are you a manufacturing facility a plant with automated machinery, conveyors, and robots, all kinds of things spinning around and moving? Well you’ve got to keep it up and running. Sometimes that’s a stressful thing to do, and expensive, so let’s talk about a couple ways that buzz and I have been discussing that can potentially help you stretch your maintenance dollar, get the most out of that buck, help your budget go just a little bit further.
Now it’s important that when you talk about stretching your maintenance budget that you think about your supply chain. It’s not just the cost of parts, anybody’s going to tell you that that’s important, sure that’s important, but it’s not the most important, but it’s not unimportant. Now I’ve been in this business since 1989 and I’ve found by visiting many different factories that they’re all different, they don’t have the same capabilities. Some of them have different styles of maintenance teams heavier in mechanical or electrical, some have engineering departments, and some don’t have any of that. So what do you do, how do you keep it up and running?
Well one of the things you need to do is preventative maintenance programs and most of you probably know, do those right now, some of you have heard about it, when you have that pm program are you using hot spares? I mean you’ve got that spare sitting over there on the shelf when you bought it but the last time you had a controlled shut down did you install it, take out the other one you know was working fine, to make sure the spare actually works? To make sure that your maintenance people do have the skill set to practice putting that in, in a break down situation. If not, you might want to do that.
When something that’s expensive breaks, you want to stretch your dollar, get it repaired, send it to Innovative IDM we have an in house electronic repair department. Now if you’re one of those plants that don’t have all the resources that you need, maybe you’ve got a controlled shut down coming up, and you have a big project and you need some field service staff. Well outsource it. Innovative has a 24/7 365 field service team. We can send you the extra boots you need to get on the ground to get that project done. Maybe the thing that’s broke down or the problem that your having is too complicated for the staff you have, or like we’ve talked about maybe that guys on vacation, well give us a call we’d be happy to help you out.
Now you really want to get the most out of this dollar, you don’t want to call innovative just when you’re broke down, give us a shout so we can get out there, you can meet our field service team techs before that ever happens, we can get to know your machines, we can get to know your processes, that way if it’s in the middle of the night, production uptime is super important, we can be efficient as a team mate.
Now putting together a company that’s got field service technicians, a repair center, things that we can help you with from an outsourcing perspective, to make sure that your supply chain is playing a part in stretching your budget, why would we go through the trouble to do something like that? Huh buzz why would we do that? Well buzz knows it’s simple it’s innovative, were home to the legendary customer experience.

How To Choose A Field Service Organization

November 4, 2014

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

Hello I’m gene gray, buzz and I were sitting around here today at the intergalactic headquarters of innovative and we were talking about a field service organization. And we were thinking, we’ve got a pretty good one, but what’s important to our customers when they choose who to partner with, and more importantly to those customers who haven’t yet picked a field service organization.

Now are you a company that has an automated production facility, you know a factory that’s got equipment like conveyors, robots, different machines that spin around, go back and forth, maybe make paper, steel, who knows. I’ve been at this since 1989 one thing that I found is that regardless of the type of factory that you have when the plant breaks down everybody gets focused, its amazing. It doesn’t matter whether your maintenance, you’re in purchasing, plant management, the focus is to get the plant back up and running, and it makes sense. That sense of urgency needs to be translated and in order for you to pick a good field services organization to come out and help you if you need help you know that hired gun, well they have to have the experience and that staff that understand that sense of urgency.

Now those hired guns, those are the cowboys you know, they love to ride in, the machine is broke down, they’ve got people looking at them, several guys in shirts, some guys in ties, you know staring at their back working on the machine, its high stress, they fix the machine, and they ride out of town they take great satisfaction out of that. These cowboys, one of the things they like is “hey there’s another American factory back in production.”

Now Innovative IDM has been in the field service business since 1971 it’s that experience, it’s the staff that’s been at it for a long time, it’s our culture that helps us understand the sense of urgency, that when you break down that’s the most important thing in the world to you and us. It’s our job to help you get back up and running. We are available 24/7 365. Our field service staff have decades of experience, we continue to bring in new field service technicians right out of school so that we can train and bring up the new generation of field service technicians in this industry, we team them up with field service people who have been in this for 20, some 30 years. So whether you’ve got a machine that’s broke down, or you’ve got a big project that’s coming up where you need a bunch of people to come in, in a controlled shutdown and help you conquer a big project give us a call.

And while we take the time to put together a field service organization like this, top notch, great reputation, just ask for our references. How do we do that? How do we do that buzz? Well why it’s Innovative, home of the legendary customer experience.