Monthly Archives: April 2021

Power Measurement in Your Modern Facility: No-Cost Webinar May 4

Posted April 22, 2021 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Blog

No-Cost Webinar May 4. Register today.

Anyone in plant maintenance, management or machine systems designers should be versed in the fundamentals power measurement.

Not only are there compliance issues, there is money and energy to be saved.

This webinar will provide you with the basics of how you can have increased insight int energy consumption by specific machines and systems, as well as the ability to perform basic network analysis and measurement of your power use.


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White Paper: Reducing Down Time Using Machine Safety

Posted April 8, 2021 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Blog, Omron Safety

Thankfully, things have changed for the better since this photo was taken in August 1908 at an Indiana glass factory.

(Omron machine safety white paper)

Today’s manufacturers are under pressure to be more flexible, reduce downtime, increase efficiency and, above all, keep personnel safe from injury and even worse.

These efforts are complicated by yet another requirement: the successful management of external influences. These factors are difficult to predict. And when their true effects become known, effective adaptation can be a challenge.

Fortunately, the right machine safety technology can help companies reduce the impact of unforeseen events and keep productivity levels high. In this white paper, we’ll examine how this works, with a focus on key features of machine safety solutions provided by Omron.

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Upgrade Your Existing DC Motor System

Posted April 7, 2021 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Blog

I've spent three decades working with industrial drive- and PLC-centric production processes.

Much has been written and talked about replacing DC systems with AC drives and systems. However, your production process might require you to retain your DC system. If the DC motor is in good shape but you need to upgrade the drive, then we can upgrade the existing system in the following ways:

• A simple DC drive replacement in the field is in order and cost effective (many examples of this, both Parker and Bardac DC drives.)
• A new installation of Packaged DC drive.
• If the DC drive is large, and the DC bridge is in good shape, a controls retrofit could be in order. We have done a number of these, both Parker and Bardac have a solution.

For each of these options, there are many available accessories:
• Communications types
• Both input AC and output DC reactors
• Retain or replace the contactors, either AC or DC
• Retain or replace dynamic braking resistors
• Recommended to replace fuses
• Replace the PLC and other controls

If you've been worried about keeping your old DC system in top shape, there are solutions. I've probably worked with a system similar to yours and would be happy to help you keep your DC production process humming for many years to come.

Steve Lyons is a senior applications specialist at Innovative-IDM and can be reached at


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