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Nov. 10 – The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

Posted November 10, 2020 by Pepper Hastings

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Today marks the 45th anniversary of the wreck of the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald on Lake Superior, in near hurricane force West winds. Serving the Great Lakes industrial factories shuttling iron ore between ports, the ship was the largest on the Great Lakes when launched in 1958. In many ways, the catastrophe that claimed all 29 on board was an industrial accident.

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Custom Parker Actuators for Platform Guardrail Application

Posted October 7, 2020 by Pepper Hastings

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This worker platform will be retrofitted with new, custom Parker actuators.

We are supplying some custom Parker actuators to one of our customers. Their project was to rebuild this platform structure where workers balance helicopter blades -- adjusting the pitch of the blades on a helicopter rotors.

The actuators lift and lower the guard rails where operators make their adjustments to the rotors.  The installation is near the ocean. Innovative-IDM worked with the customer to specify sealing to stop intrusion and epoxy coating to reduce the risk of corrosion from the salt spray in the air.

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Ansel Adams? No, Innovative Automation in Houston.

Posted March 31, 2020 by Pepper Hastings

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trainjumper

This photo seems to depict a romantic tale of Depression-era rail riding, when migrating workers known as Hobos rode the rails following the crop harvest southward. Coffee and vittles at dusk -- with maybe a homemade pie from a local sympathizer -- were the end to many nights for the vagabonds of the 1930s.

In fact, this is Stephen Weatherley, Innovative's Houston sales manager, climbing over a train to get to his next appointment on Monday.

Photo was taken not by Ansel Adams, but by Nick Roeder, Innovative sales pro who already had made the climb.

We stop at nothing to get to our appointments on time. -- PH

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How Does One Pronounce Wittenstein?

Posted March 25, 2020 by Pepper Hastings

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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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Omron PLC Training Tulsa – March 10-11

Posted February 11, 2020 by Pepper Hastings

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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 info@iidm.com to reserve your spot. Class limited to 12 seats. Laptop required. Hearty lunch included.

 

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