National Pneumatics Day 2022

Posted April 27, 2022 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Blog, Pneumatics, SMC

Today is National Pneumatics Day, because SMC says it is.
SMC is one of our product lines and the world’s largest supplier of pneumatic components for industrial automation, and it suggests you "celebrate" the day by:
* Minimizing air leaks
* Changing the element in pneumatic air filters
* Reducing the supply pressure from air compressors
OK, ready, set, go.


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Hello Chicagoland: Showcase Educates Customers on Newest Factory Pnuematic Technologies

Posted April 26, 2022 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Blog, Pneumatics, SMC

The Chicago branches of Innovative-IDM and SMC Pnuematics teamed Friday to host an Pneumatic Innovation Day. More than 40 of our customers and future customers saw a hands-on look at the latest factory pneumatic technologies and enjoyed a tasty McAlister's Deli sandwich and fixin's at the Schaumburg Hampton Inn. We plan to take this show to the southern suburbs later this year. Stay tuned, or ask for details at

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Soft Start Pnuematic Valves Can Avoid Machine Wear – White Paper

Posted December 17, 2020 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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SMC PVQ30 Compact Proportional Solenoid Valves

Posted September 18, 2013 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Innovative Automation, Innovative-IDM, SMC

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SMC PVQ30 Compact Proportional Solenoid Valves

PVQ series, compact proportional solenoid valve, was desgined by SMC with a direct poppet construction.  This construction enables low leakage, while de-energized.  PVQ series has been used in applications such as air blow, flow control, hand piece control for dental unit and other respiratory equipment, as well as, cooling for laser machinery etc.

For more information or to order your SMC PVQ30, Compact Proportional Solenoid Valves contact Innovative-IDM at 877.906.2100 or email us at

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