The Bottom Line on Plant Layout: Efficient flow of goods can save you money

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Mar 19, 2018 12:45:18 PM

Imagine this scenario: Altimax Manufacturer, founded 20 years ago, operates out of rented warehouse space in a large industrial complex.  The warehouse is a metal building and has had three additions, all of different size, shape and roof height over the past 15 years.  Business is good and Altimax expands, hiring more people, renting additional space, adding new products, and using new technologies.  Rather than reorganizing space to incorporate each new operational segment, however, the plant layout has evolved irrationally as the company has grown.  Top management realizes it's got a problem, but the cost of removing walls, cleaning up old stock and moving equipment inhibits the adoption of a more rational plant layout.  Sound familiar?


Made in Illinois Featured Company: Set Screw & Mfg. Co. 

Posted by Marketing Support on Mar 15, 2018 12:59:00 PM

Set Screw & Mfg. Co. was established in 1935 and now operates out of a 25,700 square foot manufacturing facility located in Elgin, IL employing nineteen people.  The company has over 500 different sizes and styles of set screws currently in stock.  With 46 Brown & Sharpe machines and 80 years of experience they are reliable for quality on time delivery for orders large and small.  For any project requiring 5 pieces to 50 million pieces they are a one stop shop for low carbon steel, alloy steel, stainless steel, brass, bronze, aluminum and special material set screw needs.

Their standard product line includes slotted headless set screws, short run square head and chamfered studs with all types of points: cone, flat, cup, knurled cup and specials per print.  We have 46 Brown & Sharpe single turret screw machines capable of producing thousands of screws per day. Set Screw & Mfg. Co. is dedicated to providing products and services that meet and exceed our customer’s expectations.


Made in Chicago Featured Company: Neon Design

Posted by Marketing Support on Mar 15, 2018 12:26:00 PM

Neon Design is Chicago's premier custom Neon Sign and Art Studio.  The company was established in 1986 and is comprised of craftsmen with decades of experience creating unique solutions to your visual needs. They take pride in constructing the finest finished product using the highest quality materials, paying careful attention to every detail, every step of the way.

Neon Design manufactures, sells, and installs their products. Their services can be used for versatile lighting and sign projects. In addition to signs and logos the company can also produce architectural lighting.  To view their project gallery click HERE.


Why do businesses translate their websites and marketing material?

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Mar 12, 2018 10:37:00 AM

Written by Rick Wysocki, President of Language SI

What language do you speak? 75% of internet users have reported they search using their native language even though they may speak English as a second language, and likely speak it very well.  Let's look at a few of the benefits of offering multiple language options on your website for your current/future customers.


Made in Chicago Featured Company: Living Image Solutions

Posted by Marketing Support on Mar 8, 2018 1:47:29 PM

Living Image Solutions, founded in 2016, specializes in customized photo gifts. They can incorporate any photo onto aluminum, canvas, ceramic, fabric, glass, slate, or wood. This allows them to create a unique gift for every individual, as well as provide a range of different options.  

Their products are designed and produced in Geneva, IL with literally unlimited options. Some of their items include, awards & plaques, baby items, cell phone cases, serving trays, ornaments and more! They provide a huge selection of objects for each individual to personally customize with their own photo. 


Made in Illinois Featured Company: Avanti Engineering, Inc.

Posted by Marketing Support on Mar 8, 2018 1:41:50 PM

'Avanti' translated is Italian for 'move forward' and moving forward is exactly what Avanti Engineering, Inc. has been doing since 1972.  Established in 1972 by CEO and founder Joseph J. Bratta, Avanti Engineering, Inc. is family-owned business that's committed to providing high-quality, precision-machined parts at affordable prices. 

Today, Avanti Engineering operates out of a 55,000-square foot facility, located in the Chicago area.  They offer a wide range of screw-machining and precision turning services and take great pride in their resources, experience and standards. Whether you need 1,000 parts or up to 20 million parts, Avanti Engineering can get the job done.


"Manufacturing" Success in the Craft Beer Industry

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Mar 8, 2018 10:37:31 AM

Manufacturing in Illinois doesn't necessarily mean only metals and machining. The market space is so much bigger! Today, there are more than 180 craft breweries representing this fine state and providing an opportunity for commerce and jobs, as well as tourism and leisure activities.

The domestic craft beer industry in 2016 represented a $23.5 billion market - a more than 10% growth from 2015.  This unique group of small manufacturers also represents a nearly 22% market share of the total US beer market (in dollars) and growing! 

Through the entrepeneurship of their founders and the ingenuity required to develop new beer styles and brands, the craft brewers of Illinois and across the U.S. are paving their own path to success. Learn more about the breweries in your neighborhood by visiting the Brewers Association online:


Made in Chicago Featured Company: Tonya Gross Millinery

Posted by Marketing Support on Mar 1, 2018 9:03:00 AM

Tonya Gross Millinery designs and manufactures ready-to-wear, couture, and bespoke head wear.  The company produces hand-made headwear for men and women using traditional hat making techniques out of Chicago.

Tonya creates custom hats for everyday wear and special occasions including weddings, parties, and the Kentucky Derby. All hat projects begin with a private consultation and can be scheduled via email.  Tonya Gross Millinery is committed to turning any silhouette a customer desires into a special piece of eye candy.


Made in Illinois Featured Company: ShapeMaster Inc.

Posted by Marketing Support on Feb 27, 2018 10:23:00 AM

ShapeMaster Inc. was formed to provide buyers, engineers, inventors, and designers the ability to order all different sizes and quantities of solutions in plastics and other materials for their manufacturing needs.  From vacuum forming, drape forming, and pressure forming to CNC machining and custom fabrication, they take pride in being able to help with all project needs. 

ShapeMaster utilizes various types of computer-aided design (CAD) technology to manufacture prototypes and production pieces with paramount precision.  They are also proud to be listed as a Corzan® CPVC Key Industrial Fabricator stocking a broad selection of sheet material, welding rod, extruded PVC tubing, and standard PVC duct fittings.  In addition to their use of CAD technology and industrial fabricaiton, ShapeMaster also provides assembly services and on-site installation and repairs.


Moving Manufacturing Left: A DMDII Technology Showcase 

Posted by Marketing Support on Feb 26, 2018 12:54:00 PM

Are you an engineer or manager who understands the challenges associated with sharing part and product data from concept to end-of-life, and who wants to explore emerging technologies to alleviate these challenges?  If so, you are encouraged to Join DMDII for a technology showcase focused on informing product design with data-driven insights from across a product lifecycle.


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