Monthly Archives: October 2019

Chicago Branch PingPongPhenomenonPaloooza

Posted October 24, 2019 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: IIDM Behind the Scenes

Earlier this month, some of our sales engineers were in the Chicago area for factory training at Omron, one of our core vendors of automation and safety. Some of the many Omron products popular with our customers PLCs, and safety solutions such as light curtains, e-stops, and safety monitoring relays.

After Omron training, our Chicago branch hosted a cookout and ping pong tournament. Guess who won? (1 min video)

Ping Pong Phenomenon from Innovative-IDM on Vimeo.

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5 Ways to Improve the Air Quality in a Pneumatic System

Posted by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Blog

Hi, my name is Andy Lewis and I'm with Innovative IDM. Today I'm going to talk with you a little bit about your air quality and your pneumatic system. A lot of my customers tend to have issues with debris in their air line, scaling from black iron pipe, water in their air line, leaks, etc.

Pneumatic systems with compressors, primarily reciprocating compressors, cause the most issues. Now, how do you protect your machinery downstream? Your cylinders. Your valves. How do you protect them from having to constantly either replace them or rebuild them?

Well, there's a couple ways to do it and today I'm going to give you five reasons how you can do it. First off, mainline filtration. Basically, this is going right after the compressor and the whole purpose of it is to get oil and water out of your system.

Now what you're going to see is generally a larger filter than this with a port size of anywhere between one and three inches. It's going to be a very large body and it's going to be able to handle the oil that's coming through.

Now what's great about SMC versus its competitors is that the level of microns that they filter down to is much higher than other companies. For example, the average is about 20 micron filtration. SMC's basic mainline filtration is anywhere between three and five microns. So what you're receiving from that is better filtration.

Now say for example you don't have that filtration on your line. Oil and water travels down the line. Alright and say for example it isn't water yet, it's still in vapor form because you're reciprocating compressor is putting air out at 160 degrees Fahrenheit. So you have vapor traveling down your line.

As that vapor gets down the line, it's going to turn into condensate because it's hit the dew point and now it's in droplet form. Your valves, your rubber seal valves, and your cylinders are noticing this water.

What occurs? It takes more air, higher PSI to actually shift that spool or to move that cylinder. Why? Because rubber seals expand when they get wet. So how do you fix that? Well, one way you can do it is by using a filter regulator combo. With that being said, you have your regulator at the top you can actually pop it up, change, put in place, and lock.

You also have your filter. Standard is five micron. Goes all the way down to point zero one micron instrument grade quality. There's nothing in your system. It's completely clean dry air. There's also an AMG. Now this isn't actually the AMG but about the same size.

It's a water droplet separator. It takes out 99 percent of all water that's going to be in your air line and that's a point of use item. Finally, if you find yourself with the reciprocating compressor instead of the screw type compressor, the air is abnormally or much hotter than the screw type.

With that being said, you're going to want an after cooler and a refrigerated air dryer coming out of that air line before it hits your other machines.

If you'd like more information on this, please go to our website at and remember Innovative IDM is the home of the legendary customer experience.

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Tough Mudder 2019 (vid, 2 min)

Posted October 18, 2019 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: IIDM Behind the Scenes

Earlier this month, some of our DFW team met on a hot Saturday morning to slosh around in the mud. If they do it again in 2020, as they did in 2018, we might call Tough Mudder a DFW IIDM "tradition."

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How Do I Retrofit a DC Drive to AC Drive

Posted October 16, 2019 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Blog

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Hi, I’m Adam Ring with Innovative-IDM. The other day I was having lunch and somebody asked me "how do you go about converting from a DC drive system to an AC drive system?" I thought it might be a good idea to make a quick video. Other people might have that same question.

So there’s a few things you want to take a look at. Number one is what’s the speed that your DC motor is running at? Another thing you want to look at is what is the amount of torque that your application requires? Based on those two pieces of information, you can go back and calculate how much horsepower that you need, and then make sure that you replace your DC with an equivalent AC motor and drive that are going to give you at least that amount of speed, at least that amount of torque. And one of the cool things that happens when you actually switch from a DC to an AC is with a DC you get constant torque throughout the speed range. And that’s one of the reasons a lot of people apply them is because when you are going really slow you can get a fairly constant torque, all the way up to your max speed.

With AC drive technology today, with a closed look flux vector, you actually get the same kind of performance, all the way down to zero speed. You can have 100% of your motors torque down to zero speed. As far as solving the applications, it’s going to be able to respond very quickly, give you the full torque across the entire speed range, and it’s actually more efficient because of the way that the design works. So you actually at the end of the day get to save some of your current that’s required to do a similar application, which basically translates into cost savings for power.

So if you would like to learn more about how to convert your applications from DC to AC, please visit our knowledge center at After all, we are the home of the legendary customer experience.

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