Monthly Archives: May 2016

Chicago Store Taking Shape

Posted May 25, 2016 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: IIDM Behind the Scenes


We'll advise the Chitown Hustlers, aka Tim and Trevor, that photos are more compelling when they show people. However, until then, we have these missives from our Chicagoland office. It really exists. The reason we know it really exists is because Google says it does.

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Victoria Day Brisket Cookoff

Posted May 24, 2016 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: IIDM Behind the Scenes


Victoria Day

Why is Queen Victoria roasting a hot link?

Why do we celebrate Victoria Day with a brisket cookoff? Nobody is really sure, but our third annual VDay event drew entries from employees and Dallas branch associates. Our friends from SMC Pneumatics and Yaskawa Drives were again in attendance. This is an outstanding event sponsored by the Dallas Culture Improvement Agency. Associate sponsors included Drink Machine Incorporated and L2's Kountry Kitchen.

If you've never tried to sample eight different briskets in one sitting, it's a challenge. After the judging was finished, Innovative-IDM's Michael Mueller had unseated two-time defending champ Mike Kutac of SMC. Kutac, gracious in defeat, finished third.

Innovative-IDM 2016 Brisket Cookoff from Innovative-IDM on Vimeo.

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Sam Meets Tiant

Posted May 23, 2016 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: IIDM Behind the Scenes


First, let's explain a few things about Sam Hestand. His TV has one channel, MLB Network. His vacations usually involve Fenway Park. He has a colorful tattoo of Ricky Freakin' Henderson on his calf. And you might hear a Red Sox game in the background if he takes your customer service call at our Houston office.

So over the weekend, Sam travels to Boston to take in a couple of games at Fenway against the Indians. Friday night, Sam sees Jason Varitek and Tim Wakefield inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame in pre-game ceremonies. Saturday night, Mookie Betts goes grand slam for the Sox in a 9-1 win.

Then Saturday night at the hotel, Sam enjoyed a close encounter with Red Sox legendary righthander Luis Tiant, best known for his 1.60 ERA in 1968 which helped lead to MLB's decision to lower the elevation of the mound from 15 to 10 inches in 1969: Hitters needed a break, it seemed.

Tiant, a Cuban who came to the US in the late 1950s as a minor league prospect only to be shutout of his home country for decades because of the US-Cuba embargo, pitched nearly two decades in the majors before being inducted himself into the Red Sox Hall of Fame.

Two Hall of Famers: Hestand the fan and Tiant the pitcher. IIDM Houston branch manager Stephen Weatherley asked Sam in confidence which was the better experience: Grand Slam/Sox Win/Tiant Meeting or his wedding day to Candice.

Hey, don't ask me, the answer was kept in confidence.


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AutoTune an AC drive with a Cheat Sheet

Posted May 20, 2016 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: AC Drives, Blog

To AutoTune an AC drive seems like a complicated task that requires technical experience. While the devices themselves can be used for complicated tasks, setting them doesn’t have to be difficult. Many AC drives can be AutoTuned and program themselves if you follow a basic set of instructions generally provided by the manufacturer.

And it’s not the programming manual.

Programming manuals can be daunting books to read through with a lot of numbers, charts, diagrams and text that is easy to get lost in. The solution is something else: The Cheat Sheet.

Cheat sheets are nifty charts that walk you through the process of wiring the motor to three or four simple parameters then guide you through the actual process of setting up and auto-tuning your AC drive.

Many manufacturers and sellers provide cheat sheets and manuals on their website so coming by this information can be as simple as performing a Google search. A search for ‘Yaskawa cheat sheet’ brings up five or six cheat sheets alone for their AC drives.

Yaskawa provides multiple cheat sheets AutoTune an AC Drive. It ranges from the Yaskawa v1000 to the higher-featured a1000 drive.

Quick Start Guides will provide a bit more detail than cheat sheets and are another simple resource for installing an AC drive. They have flow charts, walking you through each step in order to have your drive operating as soon as possible.

Of course, if your task is more complex then a manual may be your only option. They have every detail about every parameter and are useful for experienced technicians.

Check out our website for an extensive list of AC drive information like cheat sheets, manuals, tips and online resources.

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