Where Are Cybersecurity Threats Coming From?

Posted by Cytellix on Feb 20, 2018 9:07:00 AM

Written by Cytellix - an IMEC cybersecurity partner

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Employee Involvement Key to Improving Productivity

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Feb 16, 2018 3:33:42 PM

Companies today are learning the key to reducing workplace inefficiency is right in front of them - their employees. Workers who are included and involved in a company's improvement process are more likely to buy into that process‑ especially when it involves change.

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Develop a global sales strategy and unlock your export potential with ExporTech

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Feb 13, 2018 10:09:31 AM

Calling all South Suburban Cook County manufacturers with an eye on global sales!

Are you struggling to take advantage of growth opportunities in global markets?

Are you re-actively selling to international customers who find you, rather than taking a proactive and strategic approach to international sales?

If YES… ExporTech could be the answer.

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Made in Illinois Featured Company: Focal Point LLC 

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Feb 1, 2018 3:17:51 PM

Focal Point is a Chicago-based family owned and operated architectural lighting manufacturer that focuses on creating great luminaire designs that stand the test of time.  Their mission is to deliver beautifully simple forms to complete customers' architectural statements and optimal illumination to comfortably define the space and its purpose.

Focal Point believes that great lighting isn’t just about meeting technical design requirements. It’s about people. It’s about creating a more beautiful, functional environment wherever people live, work or gather. They are proud to call themselves lighting people – an independent provider of sustainable, American-built lighting products that make a difference for beautiful architectural spaces and the people who inhabit them. 

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Made in Chicago Featured Company: Cool Mountain Beverages

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Feb 1, 2018 3:17:24 PM

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Chicago Draft Style began life as a frothy, creamy, rich root beer, formulated specifically to appeal to the tastes of Chicagoans, and to emulate the feel of this great city. At first it was produced only in kegs for local colleges and special events. However, a fierce demand for this craft style soda rapidly grew and became so overwhelming, the owners decided to put it in bottles, expand the brand portfolio, and make it available to everyone.

Chicago Draft Style has quickly become an essential part of “The Chicago Experience” with its rapid growth and a meteoric rise in popularity, Chicago Draft Style can now be found in retail outlets, restaurants, hotels, and wholesalers all over the city and its suburbs. And, is the featured beverage at the Willis Tower and the 103rd floor Sky Deck.

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Ameren Illinois offers competency-based training and certification programs for Illinois organizations

Posted by Marketing Support on Jan 24, 2018 3:16:05 PM

Ameren Illinois, in conjunction with corporate and nonprofit partners, is pleased to offer short-term competency-based trainings and certification programs that can benefit any manufacturer in Illinois.  Two of the programs: Building Operator Certification and Certified Energy Manager (CEM) Training offer the unique opportunity to earn credentials at a great value while gaining hands-on experience that translates to manufacturing energy efficiency and sustainable improvements across industries.

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Innovative or Die

Posted by Jim Dunbar on Jan 24, 2018 12:44:28 PM

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Innovate or die. This may sound like a particularly harsh term but when you look at Toys ”R” Us as an example, it rings all too real. They just recently had to file for chapter 11 bankruptcy and are in real danger ofcompletely disappearing from the retail landscape. When you don’t change and adapt, the world passes you by.

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Developing a Digital Manufacturing and Design (DM&D) Roadmap

Posted by Dimitrios Saranteas on Jan 17, 2018 11:43:36 AM

Written by Dimitrios Saranteas, IMEC Technical Specialist

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In 1953, Honeywell introduced the T87 Round Thermostat - a ubiquitous and easily recognized device due to its classic round shape. It was easy to manufacture, easy to install, reliable and easy to use. To this day, Honeywell still manufactures a variant of this thermostat (the CT87 is the current model)

For its longevity, the residential thermostat that we all know hasn't fundamentally changed in the last 60+ years. It is still mounted to a wall, wired to an HVAC system and responds to the reactive input of a user's desired temperature. For homeowners, the way to interface with their HVAC equipment has been limited to the analog input and output of the thermostat. There’s no feedback or other way to make intelligent decisions.
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Made in Illinois Featured Company: Tegel Design

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Jan 10, 2018 10:15:00 AM

Tegel Design excels at product development and the associated machinery design.  They can help provide a solution for any challenge through the application of uncommon and proven standards.

Tegel Design's primary focus is attention to life cycle cost.  Their work is adaptable to many industries including automotive, medical, consumer, and textile.  The company's specialties are are prototyping, process development, and product design.  They can take ideas and make them into realities with their on-site experts.
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Made in Chicago Featured Company: R.S. Owens & Company

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Jan 10, 2018 10:15:00 AM

R.S. Owens & Company has been producing elegant awards and gifts for almost 75 years.  They manufacture many of the world’s most prestigious and celebrated awards, including the Oscar®, Emmy, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the American Idol.

Launched in 1938, R.S. Owens is one of the largest manufacturers of upscale awards from raw material to finished product in the world. R.S. Owens' capabilities include mold-making, cast and metal fabrication, electro-plating in silver, 24k gold, and 30 other finshes, resin casting and finishing, art glas fusion and slumping, glass photo frames, portrait folders, fine chocolate and other edible gifts, photocast metal etching, screen printing, and laser engraving

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