Automation Now: News and Info for Users of Motion Control

Ramping to 10 Million AC Drives: Yaskawa Milestones

Posted July 24, 2008 by Pepper Hastings

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In June, Yaskawa said it shipped its 10 millionth AC drive since 1974 of production. 

Raw math says that's about 300,000 drives shipped per year, but the uptick is much more dramatic than that. Here's a look at how the demand for Yaskawa AC drives ramped up over the past three decades.

Click on the image (above) for a closer look at this interesting timeline graphic.

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Gear-Head Capital of North America?

Posted July 23, 2008 by Pepper Hastings

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Ever wonder what the Wittenstein North American HQ looks like in Chicago? Got this in my email box this afternoon.

Wittenstein, formerly alpha gear drives, is in a monumental marketing campaign to bring all of its divisions under the name Wittenstein. Stay tuned for trade pub ads, newsletter pushes and logo call outs.

Wonder if there's any bass in that lake?

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Would You Change Jobs for a Shorter Commute?

Posted July 22, 2008 by Pepper Hastings

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A survey published today says one-fourth of us would. Evidently, employees are so fed up with ever-worsening traffic that it's become a major factor of job satisfaction -- one of those HR terms for whether or not you are jamming on your work or not.

Innovative HQ is located in a relatively low-density traffic area in northwest Dallas -- actually, Carrollton. It's not too bad of a drive once you get into the area.

And BTW, we have a great job opening for someone who would like to commute during the less-busy times. Perfect for a student or for someone with school-age children. Contact Britt at to check out this flexible accounting-oriented job.

Also, check out this traffic jam photo from yesterday right outside our office. One of our technicians hurrying out the door on a 24/7 service call forgot to use his turn signal. (Actually, the photo was shot in Russia.)

Would you change jobs if it lessened your commute?

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Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster ‘Powered’ by Innovative

Posted July 18, 2008 by Pepper Hastings

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If you're heading to Disney World this summer, you might feel a little safer knowing this.

BTW, Innovative Automation supplies some of the mechanical components that make the zero-to-60 in two seconds technology of the Rockin Rollercoaster at MGM. Do NOT -- repeat, DO NOT -- miss this ride if you're heading into the Magic Kingdom any time soon.

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