Automation Now: News and Info for Users of Motion Control

Some Big Drive Energy in Our Houston Panel Shop

Posted May 16, 2022 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Blog, UL508A, UL508A Panel Shop, Yaskawa Drives

These are 4 x 1200A Drive Panels. Last week, our Houston manufacturing team laid all four of these massive custom N3R enclosures on their backs and stuffed each with a 1200A Yaskawa A1000 drives and a pre-wired back panel.  Once upright, two AC units totaling more than 3 tons were installed onto each panel.

When completed, each of these panels will weigh approximately 3,800 pounds. These are the first of eight total panels built by our Houston shop for use in a customer's 800HP gas compression application. That's 6-foot engineer Ernie Sparks standing in for scale.

Read More

Programming an Omron TMCobot Is Easy and Intuitive

Posted by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Blog, Omron, Robotics

A lack of programming experience doesn’t need to stop you from integrating robotics into your production process. The Omron TM Series cobot interface has simplified, visual flowchart-based software to ensure that even users with no prior experience can program it in minutes. And we have onsite engineers who can help you, too.  Learn more.

Read More

Limited Floor Space? Collaborative Robots Can Fit the Need

Posted May 13, 2022 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Blog, Omron, Robotics

Looking to include industrial robotics in your applications, but restricted by limited space? Innovative-IDM can help. With the Omron TM Series cobot, you can retain a smaller footprint for your production facility and make more economical use of your floor space. We have a robot proof of concept center. Tell us about your application and we can put it to the test. Learn more here.

Read More

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.


Read More

Hello Chicagoland: Showcase Educates Customers on Newest Factory Pnuematic Technologies

Posted April 26, 2022 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Uncategorized

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

Read More

Repaired and Refurbished Control Panel

Posted April 7, 2022 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Blog, Control Panel, Industrial Electronics Repair

WE REPAIR INDUSTRIAL DRIVES: On the left is a prefab configured control panel that was sent to us for drive repair. On the right is pictured the same panel after we refurbished it.
Our repair tech removed the "hamster habitat," tidied up the wiring, and replaced the power supply, fans and filters. After the refurb, the panel was powered on and tested on a motor. We have performed this refurb on several panels for this customer. We can help you, too.

Read More