Monthly Archives: March 2016

Oklahoma City Technology Expo April 6

Posted March 24, 2016 by Vanessa Muse

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Oklahoma City Technology Expo

If you are in the Oklahoma City area on Wednesday, April 6, stop by our Technology Expo. Open house, and lunch is included. Factory technology experts will be on site to answer your questions about pneumatics, motion, automation, I/O, machine controllers, robotics and more.  Raffle prizes for the first five people in the door. See you there!


Oklahoma City Technology Expo
Lunch and Learn
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
10am to 4pm (open house)

Residence Inn Marriott
1111 E I-240 Service Road
Oklahoma City, OK 73149


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Free Collaborative Robots Webinar

Posted March 22, 2016 by Vanessa Muse

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Collaborative Robotics Webinar

Collaborative Robotics Webinar
How real world robotics will raise your bottom line
Tuesday, April 12 @ 1:30pm CDT

Host Jack Marsh is a 20-year veteran of the motion control industry. Marsh is a trusted voice on the subject of industrial robots and the emerging field of collaborative robots in the manufacturing arena. Join Marsh, and moderator Adam Ring, for a discussion about how collaborative robots are maximizing efficiency in manufacturing processes. Collaborative robots are simple to teach tasks and are used in a variety of applications.

Machine Tending: Collaborative robots are excellent at loading/unloading machines, coordinating with varied cycle times, supporting finishing operations, and machine interaction jobs.

Packaging: Packaging materials and parts, packing cases, packaging parts and materials, and stacking layers for many different types of products and containers.

PCB Applications: Tending circuit board testers, and moving and manipulating delicate components throughout the process.

Kitting: Packing multiple components into specific configurations, fulfilling orders, and prepping packages for display or shipping.

Material Handling: Moving raw materials, individual parts and finished assemblies to and from destinations, supporting inspections and bar code scans.

Collaborative Robots Webinar Key Takeaways Include:

  • What are Collaborative Robots and how can they help with your plant applications?
  • What makes Collaborative Robots safe to work close to people?
  • What applications are perfect for Cobots?
  • Cobot vs. Traditional Robot applications
  • Why Rethink Robotics?
  • Introducing Baxter and Sawyer

Register Today and we'll put it on your calendar.

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Installing Electrical Components in Explosive Environments: 10 Things to Know

Posted by Pepper Hastings

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By no means is this article intended as the total training for installing electrical components in explosive environments. But there are some common cautionary items that even the most experienced technician will agree are baseline guidelines for anyone. You can't be too careful, nor can you take for granted the obvious. So I give to you the obvious.

1. Know your class/division standard

The NFPA Publication 70, NEC, and CEC are the most commonly used classifications in North America also known as the Class/Division system. The other system is known as the zone standard. Both systems are suitable and have been proven to be a safe standard to use. This document discusses the Class/Division standard.

2. Are there explosive gases or dust may in the installation area?

Enough said. Be careful.

3. Know what class of components you’re Installing.

There are three classes the components are categorized in:


when installing electrical compoenents in explosive environments, watch out for this warning sign

Danger, Danger Will Robinson...Proceed with caution.

Class 1- Flammable vapors or gases may be present.

Class 2- Combustible dust may be present.

Class 3- Ignitable fibers or floating particles may be present.

4. Know what division your components are in.

When Installing Electrical Components in Explosive Environments, there are two divisions the components are categorized in:

Division 1- Ignitable concentrations of explosive hazards exists under normal operation and where explosive hazards can be caused by maintenance or equipment failure

Division 2- Ignitable concentrations of explosive hazards are handled, processed, or used but are in closed containers where they can only accidentally be released into the area.

5. Know what kind of gas you’re working w


There are four groups that gases have been separated into based on the maximum explosion pressure and the clearance needed between parts of a clamped joint in an enclosure. This can be found in the NEC section 500-5(a)(4) FPN no. 2

6. Know your Equipment’s Maximum Operating Temperature

The temperature classification is the maximum operating temperature that you should not exceed on the equipment’s surface which could create an ignition source. These classifications can be found in NEC section 500-5(d).

7. UL Publication 698 is the Industrial Control Equipment standard for use in hazardous locations.

Familiarize yourself with this publication before installing electrical components in explosive environments.

8. Know the Right Enclosure Type.

Type 7 Enclosures are designed to meet explosion proof requirements and Type 9 Enclosures are designed to meet dust ignition proof requirements. These are rated for indoor use. They can come with a Type 3R or 4 rating for outdoor use.

9. Know How to Seal Your Enclosures.

Conduit or cable seals must be used to prevent gas or dust from entering the enclosure through the cable entry point. You must seal the entry point within 18 inches of the entry point to the panel. Potted conduit or cable connectors are most commonly used for this.

10. Know Your Alternatives.

You can avoid using explosion proof enclosures by using intrinsically safe components. These components are designed so that they cannot produce enough energy to create an ignition source. These components, like positive pressure panels, use hermetically sealed components that are sealed by soldering, welding, or glass fusion to metal to stop any gases or dust from coming in contact with electrical arcs.

Josh McIver


Josh McIver is a Field Applications Engineer in the Dallas office of Innovative-IDM. He can be reached at

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Reason #44 to Join Our Team: Attitude of Gratitude

Posted March 15, 2016 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: IIDM Behind the Scenes

When you work at Innovative-IDM, there is an attitude of gratitude. It may be in a hallway encounter with a co-worker; it may be in Hoopla; or it may come in the form of a sincere email thanking teammates for serving a customer.

From: Taylor Moody
Sent: Monday, March 14, 2016 9:02 PM
To: IIDM Employees (All)
Subject: HUGH Customer Board Repair Testimonial

IIDM Family,

I hope that each one of you are having a great start to your week.  I wanted to reach out to each one of you tonight to give you a glimpse of how my week started.

Today, I had the privilege of taking (repair manager) Marc Phelps on customer calls.  As always, when I take Marc on calls, we walked away with a few opportunities.  However, today was not your normal run-of-the-mill sales call day. We had a cancellation at one of our appointments and decided to call and check in with one of our customers that participates in the blue bucket repairs program.

We had the privilege to go visit with the Maintenance Manager at RR Donnelley in Arlington, TX.  He has a few high horsepower water cooled VFD’s that he is needing to get repaired.  These items have been a point of conversation for a few months, but we have not been able to get an opportunity to evaluate them for repair.  However, he shared with us how much they LOVE our Board Repair.  He stated that they have been using one of our competitors as well, and out of the 4 items that they have sent our competition, only 1 of them has been a successful repair.  I am PUMPED to tell you guys that our Board Repair team is throwing a no hitter for RR Donnelley.  We have repaired 8 items for them in the last 3 months and all 8 items are working perfectly.

Due to this LEDGENDARY track record, we were given the opportunity to repair this drive for RR Donnelley.  The story does not stop here though, it gets even better!

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Beware the Ides of March: The 2,060th Anniversary of Caesar’s Assassination

Posted by Pepper Hastings

Categories: IIDM Behind the Scenes


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, stabbed 23 times by is close friends. 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 stock market even is wary of the Ides of March.

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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