Made in Illinois Featured Company:

Posted by Marketing Support on Dec 5, 2018 2:15:00 PM

Filter Services, Inc. offers commercial and industrial filtration products for air, liquid, paint booth, compressor and dust collection systems. Their service team strives to offer a variety of maintenance schedules to meet any need. The boundaries of their service area extend from Chicago: North to Milwaukee/Madison, South to Champaign/Decatur, West to the Quad Cities, and East to South Bend.

FSI’s filter service on a regular cycle is an extension of the normal HVAC preventative maintenance program. During their filter change-out service, their service technicians perform a visual inspection of the HVAC system and report any problems or recommendations to ensure proper operations. Filter Service’s utilizes state-of-the-art filtration components and materials from manufacturers that are recognized for quality, innovation and technological advancement.

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Simplify Your Grease Lubrication Program

Posted by Emily Lee on Nov 28, 2018 2:17:33 PM

Shared by Adam McMurtrey, Industrial Field Engineer with ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants Company.

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Made in Chicago Featured Company: Prospect Tool Company LLC

Posted by Marketing Support on Nov 28, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Prospect Tool Company LLC (PTC) is the trusted source for the precise design and manufacture of metal parts. As an ISO 9001:2008 certified company, PTC consistently brings quality part solutions to the supply chains of businesses in a wide variety of industries. These include: e-automotive, consumer appliances, and electronics. Prospect Tool Company has, since 1988, provided customers with the solutions they need in order to build and sustain a competitive edge in their market.

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Team Spotlight - Ashley Beaudoin

Posted by Simone Erskine on Nov 28, 2018 10:12:00 AM

 Ashley is a technical specialist who has been creating competitive futures across Illinois with IMEC for the last 3.5 Years. She brings 8 years of employee engagement and leadership development expertise to the team, as well as her passion for people.

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Help us Welcome Marketing Manager, Kristy Johns and Regional Manager, Johnny Him to the IMEC Team

Posted by Simone Erskine on Nov 27, 2018 8:37:25 AM

IMEC is proud to announce the addition of a marketing manager and a regional manager to our growing team of improvement specialist. Both of our new team members are enthusiastic and eager to help create competitive futures in Illinois.

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Common Pitfalls in Problem Solving

Posted by Shankar Anant on Nov 26, 2018 9:17:00 AM

Written by Shankar Anant, IMEC Technical Specialist.

In most businesses, the one common but fundamental skill that is much needed, yet mostly lacking, is the skill of Problem Solving. Where this becomes rather apparent is within those companies pursuing a continuous improvement journey. It isn’t a stretch to say that all continuous improvement tools/practices are built around some form of problem solving. Ironically, many of these companies have devoted time and resources to the task of training their associates but pervasive success is elusive.

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Made in Illinois Featured Company: Ace Machine & Tool

Posted by Marketing Support on Nov 15, 2018 3:03:50 PM

Ace Machine & Tool, Inc. delivers products throughout North America. They do what it takes to deliver accurately machined products with reliable service and innovative designs that solve problems. They provide affordable engineering and collaboration services for close tolerance, low volume prototypes and production of 1-10,000 parts.

Ace Machine & Tool prides themselves on valuing quality over quantity, and getting every order right the first time around. They focus on being approachable and friendly to make customers feel at home in their shop. The Ace Team takes a different view of every project so that they can take the time to ensure that all their customer’s needs are met. They strive to put their customers first, no matter what.

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Electronic Submissions of Reports to OSHA

Posted by Mary Hallock on Nov 12, 2018 10:13:00 AM

computer and mouseHopefully by now you are aware that OSHA has started requiring the electronic filing of OSHA 300A logs. Covered establishments (check here to determine whether or not this applies to you) were required to electronically submit information from their 2017 OSHA 300A log by July 1, 2018 through a portal on the OSHA website. If you missed the July 1 deadline you can still file the information, although it will be flagged "late" by OSHA.
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Made in Chicago Featured Company: Graymills

Posted by Marketing Support on Nov 7, 2018 4:18:52 PM

Founded in 1939 as a pump manufacturer for machine tool coolants, Graymills added parts for cleaning equipment in 1944. In 1953 they started working with the fledgling flexographic industry to create pumps, filters and accessories specifically for converters’ needs.

Graymills can customize products and services to suit any need, for both domestic and international use. They specialize in custom sizes and specifications for both pumps, tanks and parts washers. Small to large quantities are welcomed. Their extensive experience allows them to customize products and services to suit specific needs.

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The Skills Gap Isn't The Only Workforce Challenge

Posted by Simone Erskine on Nov 7, 2018 11:25:15 AM

Written by Andrea Belk Olson, MSC and CEO of Pragmadik
https://www.linkedin.com/in/olsonandrea1/

We talk extensively about the “skills gap” facing manufacturing. The problem is this only partially true. Yes, there's a deficit in our skilled trades pipeline, and as employers, educators, and communities, we need to rally around the value of skilled trades, and support the growth of this critical workforce - starting in junior high and beyond. Yet, there's another gap that mid-market manufacturing is facing - The Strategic Gap - and it has many facets.
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