Monthly Archives: March 2021

VFDs for Your Modern Facility: No-Cost Webinar April 6

Posted March 26, 2021 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Blog, Yaskawa Drives

No-cost webinar, April 6, 11 a.m. CDT

Join us Tuesday April 6, 11 am CST.

Anyone responsible maintaining, upgrading or designing automation equipment would benefit from attending VFDs for Your Modern Facility, a 40-minute no-cost webinar about the advantages of deploying Variable Frequency Drives in your facility.

Register NOW. You will learn about:

*VFD applications you must consider
*Drawbacks of across the line operations
*How to select the right VFD for your application
*Energy, Equipment Wear and other advantages of using a VFD



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How to Take Advantage of an Electric Power Take-Off

Posted March 24, 2021 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Blog, Parker

Ancillary implements on work trucks, like a crane shown here, normally are powered by an idling truck engine. Trends point to greener solutions like a DC-powered motor from Parker.

Ancillary implements on work trucks, like a crane shown here, normally are powered by an idling truck engine. Trends point to greener solutions like a DC-powered motor from Parker.

With the increased emphasis to reduce emissions, air pollution, resource waste and traffic noise, government legislation is pushing towards the use of electric power to drive ancillaries in work trucks. Parker Electro-mechanical products help make that happen.

This is particularly relevant in construction, materials handling and refuse collection applications operating in urban areas. Adopting electric power take-off (ePTO) as an alternative to the traditional PTO from an internal combustion engine (ICE), brings multiple benefits to the application, the operator, and the environment. Download the full list of benefits now.

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Welcome Jordan Yates

Posted March 16, 2021 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Uncategorized

Jordan with friend Buzz.

We've added several new teammates in Q1. Welcome Jordan Yates to our Dallas team where she is enduring sales engineer training for the coming months.

Jordan’s first introduction to Innovative-IDM was via webcam with Mike Zimmerman at Texas Tech’s career fair in September.  She eventually was interviewed in-person by Klent Prewitt and Mason Godwin in Lubbock.

“It didn’t seem as real,” Jordan said of the pandemic version of on-campus recruiting. “Usually you have a rush of adrenaline and excitement standing in line waiting to go [into the career fair]. But we still dressed like a regular recruiting event. We were afraid [recruiters] would ask us to stand up to see if we were really dressed for business.” Turns out, says Jordan, a fair share of the companies didn’t know how to turn on their cameras or microphones. “Even some of the huge companies didn’t know how to work the software. Turned into a chat interview.”

A lifelong Texan, Yates played multiple sports for the Pioneers of Boswell High School in Fort Worth.  “I was a well-rounded mediocre athlete,” says Yates, who recently took up the game of golf. “Not very good. I can almost get around the course now.” For a recent birthday, Jordan jumped out of a perfectly good airplane on a skydive. “Painful,” she recalls. “You can’t breath because of the wind and when the chute opens, the straps really jerk you up. Lots of bruises from that one, but I’d do it again.”

With her first two weeks at IIDM behind her, Jordan is certain that she has entered the “consciously incompetent” phase she was warned of on Day One by Gene Gray. “I feel like I’m getting a second degree in electrical engineering. But I’m not worried. People have made it through this before and [IIDM] knows how to get us to the next stage as long as we put in the work. I’m excited. It’s a nice place to work.”

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Beware the Ides of March: The 2,065th Anniversary of Caesar’s Assassination

Posted March 15, 2021 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Blog

Casear Assassination Scene

Caesar takes one for the team on March 15, 44 B.C.

“Beware, the Ides of March.” That was the soothsayer’s warning to his Emperor. And so on March 15, 44 B.C, Caesar was assassinated, shanked 23 times by his close friends. Caesar was 55. The words, “And you, too, Brutus?” have become Shakespearean symbolism for the ultimate betrayal.

There is very little evidence of any industrial automation or controls in this scene, except for the automation of all of the daggers and knives.

Today is the Ides of March. Are you wary, or simply thinking about the green beer you’ll tip back in 48 hours?

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Webinar On Demand: Servo Sizing Demystified

Posted March 11, 2021 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Blog, Yaskawa

If you missed our LIVE webinar on Sizing Servo Motors, you can learn on demand at your convenience.

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Key trends in automated material handling

Posted March 10, 2021 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Blog, Parker


Automation has made an accelerated climb in material handling applications. Now, automated material handling systems handle a wide range of repetitive and precision tasks in manufacturing and supply chains. Among the key trends are:

*Automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS)
* Automated guided vehicles (AGVs0
* Material handling robots
* Improved battery technology

Download more about each trend in this report from Parker's Electro-mechanical team.

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