Yearly Archives: 2020

Nov. 10 – The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

Posted November 10, 2020 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Uncategorized

Today marks the 45th anniversary of the wreck of the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald on Lake Superior, in near hurricane force West winds. Serving the Great Lakes industrial factories shuttling iron ore between ports, the ship was the largest on the Great Lakes when launched in 1958. In many ways, the catastrophe that claimed all 29 on board was an industrial accident.

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Happy Birthday Marines

Posted by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Employees, IIDM Behind the Scenes

Flying on our third flagpole at HQ this month is the red banner of the United States Marine Corps, founded on this date in 1775. Dallas branch teammate and Marine Carlos Arriaga (left), who formerly served active duty, did the honors of hoisting the USMC flag. Happy Birthday Marines. With Veterans Day coming on Wednesday, note that 15% of our staff are military veterans. December's third flag pole: Space Force.

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Sunbelt Power Controls: Another Happy Customer

Posted October 8, 2020 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Blog, IIDM Behind the Scenes

Did you know Innovative-IDM specializes in wastewater and other water flow applications? One of our lines is Sunbelt Power Controls -- off-the-shelf and custom pump control panels and systems. We just helped a local university with their parking lot runoff application. IIDM's Sunbelt specialist Dean Morris helped the customer with the project.

From:  James
Sent: Wednesday, October 7, 2020 1:09:25 PM
To: Dean Morris <>
Subject: Thank You

Dean I want to think you so much for all the help you have been in the past and this week with our pumps and controls. This new warning system you suggested for us is going great and will save us many headaches in the future. Thanks for coming out and making sure everything was installed correctly too.

Look forward to working with you more in the future. Jim.

Plumbing Supervisor



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Custom Parker Actuators for Platform Guardrail Application

Posted October 7, 2020 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Uncategorized

This worker platform will be retrofitted with new, custom Parker actuators.

We are supplying some custom Parker actuators to one of our customers. Their project was to rebuild this platform structure where workers balance helicopter blades -- adjusting the pitch of the blades on a helicopter rotors.

The actuators lift and lower the guard rails where operators make their adjustments to the rotors.  The installation is near the ocean. Innovative-IDM worked with the customer to specify sealing to stop intrusion and epoxy coating to reduce the risk of corrosion from the salt spray in the air.

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SMC + IIDM = Chicago Branch Drive-Thru Picnic

Posted October 6, 2020 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Blog, IIDM Behind the Scenes

Innovative-IDM recently was authorized to stock and distribute SMC pneumatics components in the Chicago market. Innovative-IDM in Carol Stream on Monday hosted its SMC brethren for an outdoor, drive-by cookout, complete with individually wrapped brats, dogs and burgers.

IIDM neighbors also dropped by to enjoy the cooking of Ed Hyer and Chicago branch manager Tim Mueller. SMC even brought over a few product samples which no doubt created lively lunchtime conversation.

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Another Happy Customer — Up and Running Again

Posted August 25, 2020 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: field service, IIDM Behind the Scenes

Another happy customer of our Houston Field Service crew.

Sent: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 11:44:25 AM
To: Jeremy Morgan <>
Subject: Electrical Work Perform on Parker Drive Cabinets

I just wanted to give you feed back on the work performed here last week.

Dick Harper & Chris Crisco both contributed to the successful return to service of a Parker system late Friday 8/21/2020

I just want to let you know how impressed I was with their work ethic, drive and determination to get us a win. The thorough attention to detail ensured no chance of exposure.

We are back on line producing again, 16 hours of machine stop can seem like an eternity as you know.

Good Team you have there!!

Best regards, George, Plant Manager

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