Monthly Archives: February 2019

Automatic Energy Savings with VFDs Saves Motor Life, Too

Posted February 26, 2019 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Blog

In most pump applications, motors do not need to run at full throttle to get the job done. Yaskawa's Michelle Bartlelson reminds us that, on average, these motors can meet demand by running at just 70 percent of shaft speed. The additional system capabilities, she writes are usually reserved to accommodate future expansions or infrequent increased load demands. And that's where a VFD can help. Various controllers can be used to run a motor at reduced speed.

A VFD can be used to operate a pump motor at any speed, and operating a pump motor below base speed to meet the requested demand can show significant energy savings. There is a whole article about it in Modern Pumping Today magazine.

 

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Yaskawa A1000 VFD Training DFW March 21 or 22

Posted February 20, 2019 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Blog

Each class limited to 18 people.

Generic Class Syllabus:

.25 Hours Yaskawa Intro.

1:30 Induction motor basics

0:20 Basic menu structure (Detailed look at Modified Constants)

0:45 U1 monitors (includes model number, drive selection, and connection diagram)

0:15 Initialization (Factory and User Defined)

0:20 Auto Tune

0:30 Lunch

0:30 divided between 2 breaks

1:45 Parameters from B to O

0:15 Read/write parameters to keypad

0:20 Fault codes-U-monitors

0:45 Internal schematic of drive

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Yaskawa A1000 VFD Training Houston March 14

Posted February 15, 2019 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Blog

 

 

 

Generic Class Syllabus:

.25 Hours Yaskawa Intro.

1:30 Induction motor basics

0:20 Basic menu structure (Detailed look at Modified Constants)

0:45 U1 monitors (includes model number, drive selection, and connection diagram)

0:15 Initialization (Factory and User Defined)

0:20 Auto Tune

0:30 Lunch

0:30 divided between 2 breaks

1:45 Parameters from B to O

0:15 Read/write parameters to keypad

0:20 Fault codes-U-monitors

0:45 Internal schematic of drive

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SMC Customer’s Reliability & Profits Improve

Posted February 5, 2019 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Blog

With Series IR Precision Regulators and Series AK Regulators

Application: An OEM was experiencing inconsistent quality, yield and reliability in their production process. The cause was a manual adjustment of the emission of gases within their process. This manual adjustment resulted in inconsistent results. If the customer could automate this manual part of the process, they could solve their problem.

Outcome: SMC Los Angeles sales engineers designed a system to deliver the gases through calibrated, fixed orifices at a constant regulated pressure. This ensures the exact same gas flow and a perfect, consistent process for the OEM. The constant gas pressure was accomplished using pneumatically actuated regulators: Series AK 10PA, remotely piloted by a Series IR Precision Regulator. SMC sales engineers added an extra safety feature of purging the gas lines of flammable gas when the process is not in use. Further, SMC valves were used to provide a nitrogen purge which prevents accidental ignition.

The OEM yield, reliability and profits have improved since the new systems incorporating these SMC products were installed and brought on line.

Series IR, Precision Regulators (IR2020-No2) - to send consistent air pressure to the Series AK
Series AK Regulators (AK10PAS 2P 44 HF) - to allow regulated flammable gases through to the Series VXA valves
Series VXA, VX300 Valves (VX313V-00-GR1, VXA2240M-03N-1) - to release the gases through to the fixed orifices

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Anniversary Spotlight: Carlos Turns 4

Posted February 1, 2019 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: IIDM Behind the Scenes

Arriaga (right) confers with Cool Jesse Bratcher about a Sunbelt Power Controls panel.

Carlos Arriaga completed his fourth year with Innovative-IDM in December as the Dallas shop's Quality Control Technician. Rolling into 2019, Carlos still holds that title, PLUS added Assistant Shop Manager to his duties.

That promotion didn't diminish his willingness help as a member of the Dallas CIA. In January, Carlos was nominated by his peers and confirmed by the company president as a member of the prestigious President's Club.

Buz Sez: How did you first learn about Innovative-IDM?
I was referred by a friend over 4 years ago.

Carlos Arriaga:

How do you balance your career and family?
Well, I really like to work. But my wife is okay with it because she is a workaholic herself. So, she understands when it’s crunch time and the mission needs to get done.

How has Innovative-IDM helped you in your career development?
Before I started at Innovative, I didn’t know what Industrial Automation was. Now, 4 years later I am the Assistant Shop Manager.

If you could pick one book theme for IIDM, what would it be?
I don’t know of a theme per se, but I think an activity book would be fitting. They have coloring pages, connect the dots, and crossword puzzles. It’s more of Innovative’s style because we get work done and we have fun while doing it.

What advice do you have for prospective Innovative-IDM candidates?
Innovative-IDM is the definition of an American company. A lot will be expected of you, but you’ll have help every step of the way. There is no reality TV drama here. Just a great group of hard workers that will treat you like family.

What are 3 words to describe Innovative-IDM?
Ambitious. Focused. FUN!

What do you find the most challenging at IIDM?
I find it challenging to get to the break room before all the donuts are gone =(

What do you like most about IIDM?
The LCS team exercises during Hoopla. A good laugh in the morning is a great way to start the day.

What drew you to IIDM originally? And how has IIDM changed since?
The awesome cast of people and the overall energy is what initially caught my attention. My last company was smaller than Innovative, but the people there would hardly even say hello to each other. We have grown quite a bit in the past few years, but the positive energy remains.

What have you gained from working at IIDM?
I’ve gained a lot of awesome friends, many good memories, and a sense of purpose at work.

What is on your wish list for the next five years?
Grow the QC dept. Get a shirt with Mark’s picture on it, and eat more tacos

What is the favorite part about working for IIDM?
Being on the CIA. It’s rewarding in so many ways. But most of all it allows me the opportunity to show my co-workers that I appreciate them.

What is your most proud moment at IIDM?
There was a span of 152 days in the year 2017 that the Dallas panel shop had zero customer reported errors. In that span we shipped over 3,300 assemblies. The effort from the whole team was absolutely amazing. From engineering, to the warehouse, to the shop…it just gets me all misty-eyed knowing that I work with some of the best teammates out there.

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