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Posted July 4, 2019 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Blog, IIDM Behind the Scenes

The Spirit of '76 by Archibald Willard

Happy July 4th from Innovative Behind the Scenes!

He who drinks a fifth on the 4th may not come forth on the 5th." -- George Washington (not really)

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Industrial Field Service Turns Rat’s Nest into Beauty

Posted June 11, 2019 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Blog

One of our field service techs recently encountered the infamous "rat's nest" of tangled, unlabeled wires commonly found in inoperative industrial controls panels. If you need help, we can make your panel like new again, too.  See before and after pics below.











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Yaskawa U1000 VFD Helps OEM Offer a Clean Energy Solution

Posted April 30, 2019 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Blog, Yaskawa, Yaskawa Drives


A leader in cutting edge sawmill equipment since 1954, Cleereman Industries in Newald, Wis. They started out owning and operating a sawmill business and now are a manufacturer of a wide range of sawmill equipment that includes Carriages, Track Frames, and Trim & Grading Lines.

U1000 Drive

Cleereman recently decided to redesign a rotary log kicker in order to increase its size range, as well as transition its hydraulic system to a fully clean electric system. The challenge was the overall size of the log kicker. The resulting machine inertia makes the 15 cycle per minute rate difficult to achieve. The machine’s inertia and cycle per hour requirement would have required a large braking package to dissipate the energy.


Cleereman turned to L&S Electric for a solution to their challenge.

Initial thoughts of a standard VFD and brake resistor were considered, but L&S representatives recommended a more energy efficient solution. Due to its power regeneration capabilities, a Yaskawa U1000 Industrial Matrix Drive was selected to control the 30HP electric drive system.

This solution allowed Cleereman to get away from the maintenance time and costs that are associated with hydraulic systems, and provided them a cleaner, more energy efficient solution in a smaller package.


Cleereman now can smoothly control the very high inertia log kicker. Whether motoring or regenerating, the U1000 Industrial Matrix Drive provides Cleereman with a clean power solution by maintaining ultra low input current harmonics.

In addition, the U1000’s inherent regenerative capabilities eliminated the braking resistors that dissipated heat from the deceleration of the load.

Cleereman now provides a solution that reduces their customers’ utility costs. The energy wasted using resistors is now diverted back onto the grid. Removal of the resistor package also increases machine lifetime and reduces machine maintenance requirements by eliminating another point of potential failure. Lastly, using the U1000 Industrial Matrix Drive eliminates fire safety concerns that come with using resistors in lumber mills to burn off regenerative energy.


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Hardguard Protects VFDs from Contaminants

Posted April 24, 2019 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Aluminum Extrusion, Blog

Aluminum t-slotted extrusion keeps particles out of control cabinet, VFDs.

One of our sales engineers recently solved a problem for a customer in the oil and gas sector. The customer was running a horizontal drilling simulation and needed to keep particles and debris from getting into the cabinets and fouling the drives controlling the motors.

The solution was simple yet effective: Extruded aluminum framing with clear poly carbonate panels created a quasi-clean room to protect the cabinets. The framing included a door that allows technicians to access the control panels. Innovative-IDM worked with the customer on the design, and then cut and constructed the pieces. The modules were shipped to the customer where workers there easily put together the final product. There's a whole world of factory applications for aluminum extrusion.

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Purchasing, Procurement, Accounting: MyAccount Saves You Time

Posted March 18, 2019 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Blog

Introducing MyAccount from Innovative-IDM

MyAccount saves you time from emailing and phone calls. Login from work, home or phone.

If you purchase parts from Innovative-IDM, you now can (24 hours a day):

  • Check order status
  • Find shipment tracking numbers
  • Print invoices
  • Check for stock availability
  • View Sales Order History
  • Request quotes

Go to MyAccount and register today. You can add other users in your office and choose their roles. You will receive confirmation within a few hours, and you can start saving time today.




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Beware the Ides of March: The 2,063rd Anniversary of Caesar’s Assassination

Posted March 15, 2019 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Blog

Ides of March assassination scene

Caesar takes one for the team on March 15, 44 B.C.

“Beware, the Ides of March.” That was the soothsayer’s warning to his Emperor. And so on March 15, 44 B.C, Caesar was assassinated, shanked 23 times by his close friends. Caesar was 55. The words, “And you, too, Brutus?” have become Shakespearean symbolism for the ultimate betrayal.

There is very little evidence of any industrial automation or controls in this scene, except for the automation of all of the daggers and knives. Some say the Christopher Columbus was even wary of the Ides of March, since that was the date he returned to Spain from his first voyage to the New World (the Caribbean).

Today is the Ides of March. Are you wary, or simply thinking about the green beer you’ll tip back in 48 hours?

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