Monthly Archives: December 2020

Soft Start Pnuematic Valves Can Avoid Machine Wear – White Paper

Posted by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Blog, Pneumatics, Product Application, SMC

A machine is subject to premature wear when it's pressurized with compressed air after a scheduled shut-down. The surge in air pressure will create rapid movements in the actuators. That can cause premature wear or escalate into a hazardous situation.

Download our white paper on how simply using SMC soft start valves can help your pneumatic application.

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High Dew Point in Factory Air Puts Equipment at Risk – White Paper

Posted December 15, 2020 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Blog, SMC

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Reduce dew point: Save downstream equipment

To increase protection of expensive automation equipment, factory compressed air must remove as much water vapor as possible.

That is done by lowering the dew point. (Download White Paper: Lowering Dew Point to Protect Expensive Automation Equipment) from SMC Pneumatics.

Moisture in facility airlines can cause corrosion, rust and pipe scale which can break loose to block or adhere to air passageways that can lead to increased pressure drop and loss in machine performance.

Failure to remove water vapor from factory air can quickly become a costly maintenance headache.

While the more visible culprit of oil or contaminants are easily removed with proper filtration, water vapor and the resulting water condensate are the foremost causes of costly downtime and maintenance

After-coolers, drip legs and water separators are used to remove water condensate from factory compressed air. However, this air is still at 100 percent relative humidity and is still at risk of condensing into water should the surrounding temperatures drop to its dew point.

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Fleet of Field Service Vehicles

Posted by Pepper Hastings

Categories: IIDM Behind the Scenes

We just took delivery on the first four of our new fleet of Field Service and Repairs trucks. This first group is headed to our Houston facility to serve H-Town customers. Vehicles for other branches coming in early 2021. Note: QR code downloads a Vcard to your phone to easily contact us for industrial repairs in the future.

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United States Space Force Flies on Flagpole 3 in December

Posted December 1, 2020 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: IIDM Behind the Scenes

Mueller runs the US Space Force flag up the pole.

Arriaga shows Mueller the proper methods of attaching a flag to a rope.

Replacing the flag of the USMC on HQ flagpole No. 3, we present to you the flag of the United States Space Force, established Dec. 20, 2019.

Characteristic of our democracy, Carlos Arriaga, a Marine (right) and interim Director of Ceremonies, Pomp and Circumstance, facilitated the peaceful transition of power this morning.

Todd Mueller, not a Marine but who has an unusual yet keen interest in the US Space Force, did the honors of raising the flag while the IIDM spirit band enthusiastically strained its own rendition of the Space Force march. Thus continues a longstanding and time honored tradition dating all the way back to . . . well, August, where Innovative-IDM honors a different branch of the service each month.

Next month, will it be the Coast Guard or the Army on Pole #3? Stay tuned.

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