Monthly Archives: November 2017


Posted November 21, 2017 by Kelly Williams

Categories: Employees, IIDM Behind the Scenes

Bobbie Washburn, a.k.a. Queen Bobbie, arrived at our Dallas office this morning to find her "throne" decked out in full birthday decor. Her friends in the Accounting Department pulled out all the stops with balloons, banners, gifts and a crown. Happy Birthday, Queen Bobbie!


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Tour Our Chicago Office

Posted November 9, 2017 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: IIDM Behind the Scenes






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A Day That MIGHT Live in Infamy – Dec. 7 Tulsa Customer Party

Posted November 2, 2017 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: IIDM Behind the Scenes

If you are a customer of our Tulsa branch -- or even if you just WANT to be a customer of our Tulsa branch -- come to our annual open house party on December 7, 4:30 to 6:30 Here's a map. We have great prizes, food and drinks, and our branch manager JP will most likely splat a raw egg on his forehead. Wonderful entertainment. See you there.

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Industrial AC Drive Start Up Tips

Posted by Pepper Hastings

Categories: AC Drives, Blog, Industrial AC Drive, Industrial Electronics Repair

If you need help with your AC drive start up, call us. We can help.

Here are some tips to help you with an industrial AC drive start up.

Before You Start

• VFDs are mounted in an appropriate environment and required input circuit protection.
• Install all electrical conduit, if needed, prior to the AC drive start up
• The electrical in/out 3Ø power cable have been pulled and are terminated onto VFDs.
• The AC motors are mounted and are uncoupled from the load, if possible, to facilitate an auto tune of the VFD with access to the motor name plate data.
• The communication signals are pulled and are near the field connection terminals on the VFD.

AC Drive Start Up Steps

• Verify the drive model number to ensure it's the correct model
• Ensure the area surrounding the drive complies with specifications
• Verify that the drive is properly sized to run the motor
• Confirm there is proper circuit protection as specified by national and local code
• Properly wire drive terminals R/L1, S/L2, T/L3 & R/T1. V/T2, W/T3 and control wiring
• Properly ground the drive and tighten control and grounding terminal according to specification
• Program the VFD according to the motor nameplate data and customer’s expectations
• Perform Auto-Tune based on control mode and other operating conditions.
• Verify rotation.

Innovative-IDM is an Authorized Service Provider and Distributor for Yaskawa VFDs. When we do your Yaskawa AC drive start up, you receive an additional year on your Yaskawa factory warranty -- a total of two years.


If you have a drive that needs to be repaired, we can help you with that, too. If I can be of any help to you, email me and I'd be glad to walk you through whatever I can. If you're not using VFDs, you could end up like Lucy in the candy factory.

Juan Silva is a field service technician out of our Houston store. You can reach him at

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