We Installed 42 Yaskawa GA500 micro-drives in JUST 12 HOURS from start to finish

Posted October 25, 2021 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Blog, Yaskawa Drives

I wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve seen or heard the success stories of Yaskawa’s Beat the Clock challenge. In a minute or less anyone can program a Yaskawa Drive with a ControlLogix to run through Ethernet/IP.

A success story of our own happened recently when one of Innovative IDM’s Controls Engineers, Ky Anderson, and Lead Field Support Engineer, Ashesh Patel, take this challenge a step further.

They installed 42 Yaskawa GA500 micro-drives in JUST 12 HOURS from start to finish. This included:
·        Unboxing
·        Assembly of Ethernet options card
·        Programming
·        Testing to run production for Pressure regulation for Air conveyor system by PID close loop speed control of blower Motor.

How we achieved in just 12 hours:
1.  Easy drive programming using the Drive Wizard tools in box without hooking up power to the drive!
2.  Field Engineer/Technician's love Yaskawa products because they are easy and efficient to install!
3.  After the install, warranty registration done from the DriveWizard App and Model details input from QR code on Drive.

You must be wondering one thing…Why would the customer replace 42 working drives?
1.  Well, that’s simple, Historically, Yaskawa drives have demonstrated extremely high reliability with an average MTBF (mean time between failure) of 28 years or more.
2.  Customer replaced 32 drives out of 42 drives in last 14 years, and some of them more than once from their other drive suppliers. (Picture shows only 10 drives out of 42 has original TAG on it.)
3.  24X7x365 lights off operations need reliable and efficient drives.

-- Post and photos by Ashesh Patel


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Prevent bypassing with the new D41 series safety door switch from Omron

Posted October 14, 2021 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Blog, Omron Safety

Omron D41 Safety Series

Is your facility experiencing problems with safety interlocking device tampering?

When employees bypass safety devices, they compromise machine performance and put themselves in harm’s way. The new D41 Series Type 4 safety door switch from Omron is a powerful solution to prevent device defeat and protect your team.

As a single product family that covers a wide range of needs, the D41 Series also helps you save money, simplify machine design, and reduce installation time.

• D41D helps save space thanks to a compact design and multiple actuator sizes.
• D41G offers different actuator options including emergency escape handles.
• D41L is ECOLAB-certified detergent resistant. Contact us for a demo today.

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5 Preventable Industrial Accidents (and how they could have been avoided)

Posted August 12, 2021 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Blog, Omron, Omron Safety

Live webinar Sept. 14

Join us Tuesday, Sept. 14, 11 am CDT.

Real-life examples of accidents that could have been prevented. You will benefit from this 40-minute no-cost webinar.

Register NOW. You will learn about:
*Are your workers at risk like the examples?
*Circumstances that led to these preventable injuries.
*Safety technologies available to everyone that could have saved lives.

Please forward to those in your organization who would benefit from knowing more about preventing accidents using safety technology and methodology. REGISTER TODAY!

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5 Reasons Barcodes Fail and How to Fix Them (Hint: Start with a high-performance reading system)

Posted by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Blog, Omron, Omron Safety

Poor quality barcodes -- no matter the cause -- result in no-reads. Once the cause of the barcode problem is defined, it can be addressed by taking simple preventive measures. A high-performance barcode reading system will ensure the best read possible and protect a company's time and data. Omron published a highly-informative downloadable white paper on the optimizing bar code readability. You might be surprised at some of the reasons bar codes become unreadable, and how simple the fix can be.


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Tulsa PLC Training IN PERSON Sept. 14-15

Posted July 15, 2021 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Blog

Back from the pandemic -- IN PERSON training classes. Limited to 6-8 seats per session. This is a two-day class. Contact us at to save your seat in Tulsa. They will go fast.

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