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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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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Electronic Component Repairs Made Easy at Innovative Repairs

Posted March 4, 2020 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Blog

unclesamwantyou_webServos, AC drives, DC drives, circuit boards, touch screens, PLCs, VFDs, any make, any model. No charge for pick up. No evaluation fees.

You decide whether to fix, replace or trash. It's that easy. Innovative electronic component repairs.

Call today for a free pick up. 877.906.2100 or email

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PLC Training Oklahoma City — April 7 & 8

Posted February 19, 2020 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Blog, Training Class

Two-day class on basic and intermediate PLC.

Plus you'll leave with $230+ worth of hard equipment, including a leather engineer's bag. This is a HOT class -- Hands On Training -- that will add value to your skill set. Invest in yourself and your career with training from Innovative-IDM.

$449 for both days. Email to reserve your spot. Class limited to 12 seats. Laptop required. Hearty lunch included. Executive Residency, 4750 S. I-35 Service Rd, OKC, 73129

Best Western Executive Residency, 4750 S. I-35 Service Rd, OKC, 73129

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