Monthly Archives: September 2019

Oct. 24 — HQ Grand Opening in Lewisville

Posted September 26, 2019 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: IIDM Behind the Scenes


We DO know how to throw a customer appreciation party. Our DFW customers can look no further than Thursday, Oct. 24, for the next chapter of revelry and debauchery fun.

Please RSVP to if you are Dallas-Ft.Worth area customer and can make it. You can either come for lunch, or come to the after-work party -- whatever fits your schedule. See below for details.

October 24. Check it out.

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It’s Official: Wheels Off at Club Innovative

Posted by Pepper Hastings

Categories: IIDM Behind the Scenes

The wheels officially flew off the vehicle at our morning meeting on Friday.

After assembling at our normal 8:30 a.m. time, we were told we could not enter Club Innovative but instead were huddled in an adjoining room. We were advised to charge screaming into the room, a la some sort of cell extraction at SuperMax.

Britt and Mark led the way (right). What we found upon entry was a flapping chicken clucking and crowing, "How does everyone feel today?!!" It was sales pro Jeffery Miller's turn to lead the meeting -- all IA members lead at least once a month -- and Miller had taken ridiculous and turned it to absurd.

Why were these men and women chanting with a chicken? What can a chicken know about company sales goals and values. Where did this chicken costume come from? Who would be asked to demonstrate the Chicken Dance? And how would this all end?

With a high-five, of course. What a way to start a Friday, and one of the craziest things I've ever seen in a workplace -- legendary.

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Why You Need to Backup Your PLC Programs

Posted September 18, 2019 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Blog

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Hi, I’m Lonnie Muse with Innovative IDM. I would like to talk to you a little bit about why you should back up your PLC, but first I’d like to show you something. Something that’s really horrifying. Something that will just kill your day at the plant. This is what we need to look at. This is something nobody noticed. Nobody noticed that PLC light going off. Here’s the culprit: a little bitty $40 battery. You know what the result was? The programs got lost when they turned the power off, turned the machine back on. Guess what? No production. Can you imagine this: you’ve got a production line down because of a battery. And no backup when the tech tells you "there’s no backup. I don’t have the programs. We don’t know where they’re at. We can’t find them." How long do you think that’ll be down?

Now the first big issue is being prepared for that. This is a $40 resolution. Make sure to keep the PLC on so you don’t lose it when you change this. The next thing is to backup your programs in the PLC. There’s a couple of ways to do that. One is a little SanDisk that will fit in a PLC normally. The other is something like a CD, your server, or a laptop. If you have the backup along with the software to put it in and out of your machine, then the battery’s not such a big deal because you can recover. But if you don’t have this, recovery is a lot of money and a lot of time because now you’ve got to recreate everything from scratch. And that’s thousands, maybe 10 thousands of dollars.

So you get a choice here, $40 or $10,000, a few minutes and a few cents or 10 pounds. You pick. We can help with that backup issue! Give us a call at Innovative IDM or go on our website at click on the field service and request some help. Come out and do that. Give me a call, I'd be glad to help. After all, we're the home of the legendary customer experience.

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Yaskawa Application Overview: Grinder

Posted September 10, 2019 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Blog

Click here for the full "Application Overview: Grinder" from Yaskawa.

Heavy cutting is done at slow speed. With a constant wheel pressure on the material to be shaped, the pounds/minute of material removed, or work done, varies with the wheel speed. This is the constant torque part of the profile. After the heavy cutting is complete, a polishing (light cutting) operation is performed. A high speed, lighter wheel-to-material pressure is maintained; therefore, less material in pounds/minute is removed. This is the constant horsepower part of the load profile.

Yaskawa AC drives have features that save energy, which allows the motor to run at optimal efficiency and precision when performing light grinding. Energy Saving Mode also reduces motor noise and stabilizes the load, perfecting the finishing process. Yaskawa AC drives can automatically detect changes to the amount of torque required during the shaping and finishing phases using Torque Detection. This feedback enables the drive to quickly detect changes as the grinding stone dulls or clogs. This can lead to significant cost savings by prolonging the life of grinding stones.

Innovative-IDM is your #1 Yaskawa supplier. Call us today at 877.906.2100 or send us an email at

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Recruiting Season at Innovative-IDM, Aggie Style

Posted September 4, 2019 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: IIDM Behind the Scenes

Our recruiting team is at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, today and tomorrow. We are recruiting Sales Engineer and Field Application Engineer candidates to come on board Summer 2020 or earlier. Later this month, we'll be at career days at Texas Tech, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, Northern Illinois University, Purdue and University of Wisconsin.

Pictured below are (l to r) are Kelly Williams (Human Resources), former students Brandt King and Nathan Fulbright, and Houston branch manager Stephen Weatherley, who has pasted a fake smile on his face because the Texas-Ex was forced to wear maroon for two days.

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