Monthly Archives: March 2020

Ansel Adams? No, Innovative Automation in Houston.

Posted March 31, 2020 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Uncategorized


This photo seems to depict a romantic tale of Depression-era rail riding, when migrating workers known as Hobos rode the rails following the crop harvest southward. Coffee and vittles at dusk -- with maybe a homemade pie from a local sympathizer -- were the end to many nights for the vagabonds of the 1930s.

In fact, this is Stephen Weatherley, Innovative's Houston sales manager, climbing over a train to get to his next appointment on Monday.

Photo was taken not by Ansel Adams, but by Nick Roeder, Innovative sales pro who already had made the climb.

We stop at nothing to get to our appointments on time. -- PH

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How Does One Pronounce Wittenstein?

Posted March 25, 2020 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Blog, Uncategorized

wittensteinsteinEver since Alpha gears changed its name to Wittenstein, Texas regional sales engineer Chuck Carr our staff has been biting his nails grappling with how to pronounce the name.

Is it Witten-steen? Or is it Witten-styne?

Wittenstein's Miriam Metcalf said that "it depends on what country you live in." Well, we live in a country called Texas, but we still don't know.

Metcalf provided the answer. Just remember this photo (above), she wrote in an email. Lessee now, that's a beer stein, right?

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Update from Innovative-IDM Concerning COVID-19 — March 24

Posted March 24, 2020 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Blog


Innovative-IDM HQ, Lewisville, Texas

To Our Valued Customers and Partners,

We have reviewed the “stay at home/work safe” orders of all affected Illinois, Oklahoma and Texas municipalities issued. The definition of “Essential Businesses” are parallel in all of the judges’ orders.

Innovative-IDM is one of those"essential services" businesses as defined by the laws of the shelter-in-place states and cities and will continue operations throughout the duration of the order(s) .

Delivery & Lead Time Commitments
Most of our key suppliers also are "essential service" businesses and remain open. This is subject to change as impacts from the shelter-in-place order unfold, and as additional orders for other states are enacted. Contact us at

We are BELIEVERS! We believe our country will beat COVID-19, our economy will recover, and your customers' demand will remain strong. We'll be here when you need us for help.

Contact Info:

RFQs & Customer Service - or 877.906.2100

Industrial Drives and Electronics Repairs -- or 800.237.3278

24/7  Industrial Field Service -- or 877.906.2100


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Reason #102 to Work at Innovative: Decorative Decanters

Posted March 18, 2020 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: IIDM Behind the Scenes

meeting2Ask us for a quote on a project and we'll turn it around quick. We just completed one and won a job to help with a major water fountain project at a City of Dallas landmark facility.

Also, when we actually work on quotes, we have lavish wine decanters and blue, plastic roses present for inspiration, like Innovative's Tim Mueller, Adam Ring and Gene Gray did in this promotional photo from 2006.

At our Houston office, the guys huddle around yellow roses but use the same decorative decanters when doing quotes.

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PLC Training Houston April 20 & 21

Posted March 13, 2020 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Blog, Wago


The PLC training is tailored for those who have hands-on work experience in programming and installing PLC or PC based industrial control systems. Attendees should know about basic electronics, i.e. voltage, current and power relationships, and a basic knowledge of programming concepts.

The class will be at Innovative-IDM's training facility in NW Houston (near 249 @ Beltway).

Over a 2 day period, attendees will experience a mix of lecture and hands-on exercises which will cover the following topics:

  • Programmable Fieldbus Controller Overview
  • Ethernet Fundamentals
  • Software tools(I/O Check 3, Ethernet Settings, etc.)
  • CoDeSys(IEC 61131) programming tool
  • Code generation utilizing structured text, ladder logic, FBD's, etc.
  • Application tutorials
  • Web integration

Houston PLC Training April 20, 2020

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Machine Frame Solution: Parker Extruded Aluminum Framing and Innovative Know-How

Posted March 11, 2020 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Blog

We have a customer that manufactures document sorting machines. They needed some solutions for frame design and assembly.

extalu2Innovative's Lonnie Muse and a team led by Jason Scott designed and helped modify these bracket assemblies made from Parker extruded aluminum frame. Innovative has shipped dozens of these custom made frames to the customer over the last few weeks and can do the same for you. These frames will be the backbone of the sorting machine rack. Not shown are some faceplate templates for the front of the machines, also designed with Parker extruded aluminum.

Of course, this project was delivered on time and with quality workmanship, as are all of our value added services projects. Lightweight, durable, strong, and extremely friendly to custom engineering and manufacturing, Parker extruded aluminum product can be a solution to your manufacturing application as well.

Parker's modular t-slot aluminum profile system has conquered the world of machine building, industrial automation, material handling, and machine safety guarding and enclosures. This innovative construction system offers so much flexibility and cost savings in engineering, fabrication, and assembly; that it is now preferred for a multitude of industrial applications that benefit from these important features.

IPS's complete line of structural aluminum and linear motion extrusions create innovative solutions in machine building, safety guarding, workstations, and other unlimited industrial applications.

Let Innovative's creative team help solve your challenges. Call 888.906.2100 or email and we'll get back to you promptly. As you can see below, Michael Mueller is reflecting, gazing skyward, anxiously waiting to take your call about Parker extruded aluminum products. And he can darn sure tell you all about Parker pneumatic solutions as well. Trust me, he sits next door. -- PH


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