Monthly Archives: November 2019

How an AC Drive Works

Posted November 27, 2019 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Blog

Hi, Adam Ring here with Innovative IDM. I want to take a few minutes and explain a little bit about how an AC drive works. Really basic. First, we start off with the sine wave, an AC sine wave, typically three phase power or we can also use single phase power as well.

So we take that and we send it through a bridge rectifier, or series of diodes basically, convert that AC into DC. It starts off and it's a sine wave. Once it goes through the rectifier, it basically flips all the bottom half's up and makes DC (direct current). We store that in these large capacitors, sometimes we call them water towers, and that basically is our source for what we are going to use to generate a synthetic AC sine wave out to a motor.

Then, we take that DC and we go through a series of transistors which are basically electronic switches. We use that to create a synthetic sine wave, where we can vary the voltage and the frequency in order to get a motor to spin at a given rate.

If we keep the ratio of the voltage to the frequency consistent, then we can produce constant torque throughout slow speeds all the way up to the base speed of the motor. In some cases we can even go up beyond the base speed of the motor.

So, in a nutshell that's how an AC dive works. If you'd like to learn more, please visit us at InnovativeIDM.com. We're the home of the legendary customer experience!

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Another Happy Customer: Chicagoland

Posted November 12, 2019 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Blog, IIDM Behind the Scenes

Here's an email received yesterday by our Chicago branch manager praising the work of Chicago controls engineer Jon Dutton.

From: KF
Sent: Monday, November 11, 2019 9:58 AM
To: Tim Mueller <Tim.Mueller@iidm.com>
Subject: [one thing...]

Tim,

I just wanted to take a minute to express my gratitude for the time and effort you guys put in on getting [our line] up and running.  Still some bugs to work through, but overall it’s come together nicely.  I have to say that Jonathan’s hard work, and especially patience, was especially appreciated.  His level of professionalism is something we really don’t see anymore.  Despite some serious challenges, and a customer that perhaps was adding to those challenges, he continued to maintain a thoughtful and solution focused mindset.  His willingness to work through problems, even late into the night, was truly exceptional.

Just wanted you to know what a unique asset you have there, though my guess is that you probably already know that.

Thanks again.

Regards,

KF | Operations Manager, Waukegan, IL

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Most Industrial Accidents Are Avoidable. Not This One.

Posted November 10, 2019 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Blog, Uncategorized

While most industrial accidents can be avoided through the proper use of safety procedures and equipment safeguards, the one that happened 44 years ago today couldn't.

The SS Edmund Fitzgerald was an American Great Lakes freighter that made headlines after sinking in a Lake Superior storm on November 10, 1975, with the loss of the entire crew of 29.

With Captain Ernest M. McSorley in command and carrying a full cargo of taconite ore pellets, the Fitzgerald embarked on her final voyage from Superior, Wisconsin, on the afternoon of November 9, 1975.

En route to a steel mill near Detroit, Michigan, she joined a second freighter, the SS Arthur M. Anderson. By the next day the two ships were caught in the midst of a massive winter storm, with near hurricane-force winds and waves up to 35 feet (11 m) high.

Shortly after 7:10 p.m. the Fitzgerald suddenly sank in Canadian waters approximately 17 miles from the entrance to Whitefish Bay, at a depth of 530 feet. Although the Fitzgerald had reported being in difficulty earlier, no distress signals were sent before she sank. Her crew of 29 perished and no bodies were recovered.

source: Wikipedia

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Tulsa Customer Appreciation and Technology Showcase — Dec. 5

Posted November 8, 2019 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Uncategorized

Join us for lunch and a whole lot of fun on Thursday, Dec. 5 at our Tulsa office (map here). Many of our factory reps will be there with their latest and greatest toys you'll want to check out.

Save the date, Dec. 5, NOON to 3 p.m. Drop by for a few minutes or three hours. We'll be here with lunch, prizes, drinks and fun times. Give us a chance to tell you how much we appreciate the time you spend working with Innovative-IDM. Tell us your coming at mailto:marketing@iidm.com

Join us for lunch, drinks, prizes and a technology showcase. Noon to 3 p.m, Thursday, Dec. 5 at our Tulsa office.

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Clean Electrical Panels Save Money

Posted November 6, 2019 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Blog

Hi, I'm Adam Ring with Innovative IDM. You ever walked up to a control panel and it just looks like a complete rat's nest in there? Do you ever wonder what would be the value in having a nice, clean control panel and how can that save you money?

Well, there's three main reasons:
Number 1 - It's going to last longer.
Number 2 - It's going to be a lot easier to troubleshoot in the end.
Number 3 - It's going to be a lot easier to repair if something were to break.

Now let's take a closer look. Inside this panel you'll notice that there are labels on every device that identify it according to what it's called out on the schematic.

Also, every single wire that terminates into a terminal block has a label on the wire that actually matches the label on the terminal block. So if that wire was ever to come out or you had to replace a component, it would be very easy to make sure that it gets placed back in the right location.

Also, if you just take a look at the general wiring in this panel you'll see that everything is very nice and neat and very organized and just has a really nice look to it.

The wires transition from the door inside of the panel. You notice there's spiral wrap that add an extra layer of protection so that if the wires rub against the door from being opened and closed it makes sure that it doesn't wear through the insulation and cause electrical problems.

Finally, you'll notice that there's also stainless steel hardware that's mounting each of these devices to the panel and that's what gives that extra longevity so that it doesn't break down over time due to corrosion.

Remember a clean panel is more than just looking good. It's going to help save money by lasting longer, being easier to troubleshoot, and easy to repair.

If you'd like to learn more about how Innovative IDM can help you build clean control panels, visit our website http://innovativeIDM.com and if you'd like we could have you in for a tour and show you around the place. Remember, Innovative, the home of the legendary customer experience!

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Innovative-IDM Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting

Posted November 5, 2019 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: IIDM Behind the Scenes

Innovative-IDM moved into its new HQ office and UL501a Panel Shop on July 1, but we waited until late October to have our Grand Opening Customer Appreciation event. (We had a few things to fix in our new building before we were ready for guests.) We kicked it off with a ribbon cutting, and capped it off with a party. See video below. Did I mention it rained probably four inches during the afternoon and evening?

Innovative-IDM owenership cuts the ribbon Oct. 24. From left: Adam Ring, Gene Gray, Todd Mueller, Tim Mueller.

Innovative-IDM Grand Opening from Innovative-IDM on Vimeo.

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