Contest for Designers to Create Products to Benefit Society

May 28, 2015

Intel and Mouser have joined forces to sponsor the 13th Annual Create the Future Design Contest. The event was created to give an opportunity for engineers and students to create innovative new products that will benefit society and the economy. Categories include Aerospace and Defense, Automotive/Transportation, Consumer Products, Electronics, Machinery/Automation/Robotics, Medical, and Sustainable Technologies. Winners […]

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Manufacturers’ Summit at Harper on June 18

May 27, 2015

On June 18, Schaumburg Business Association will host its Manufacturers’ Summit. The event will take place at Harper College in Palatine, IL. The focus will be on “The Labor Pipeline” and the need for local manufacturers to fill their open (and opening) positions with a skilled workforce. Topics will include talent sourcing, search firms, training, […]

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CubeSat Challenge

May 27, 2015

A new challenge was recently posed to aerospace engineers and students in the GrabCAD community. The goal is to re-think the design of the CubeSat, a standard small research satellite, using 3D printing technology. GrabCAD is the world’s largest community of mechanical engineers. The challenge is being sponsored by Stratasys, a leading provider of 3D printing […]

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Senate Working on Manufacturing Bills to Help the Industry

May 23, 2015

One issue seems to have bi-partisan support in Congress, and that is manufacturing. The Manufacturing Jobs for America (MJA) campaign was recently introduced by Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del) Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis) to support US manufacturing. Eight out of 36 bills introduced have been supported by both parties. These will include an initiative to create […]

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Some Good Ideas for Kankakee. From Australia.

May 22, 2015

Marcus Westbury, founding director of non-profit group Renew Newcastle, helped revitalize the manufacturing community in Newcastle, Australia. The once thriving city was in the midst of an economic depression when he brought landlords, entrepreneurs, and artists together to transform vacant properties into thriving operational facilities. Kankakee, IL is in a similar situation now. It was once […]

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May is National Military Appreciation Month

May 21, 2015

This month is National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM). The month has been designated to observe and honor those that have served the country (a group numbering over 90 million since 1776). If you see a member of the armed forces this month (or any month for that matter), be sure to thank them for their […]

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Order Fulfillment, The Future is Now

May 20, 2015

Amazon is doing some very interesting things in their order processing and fulfillment systems. You will very soon be able to order through a voice-operated product reordering system in the home. This will then trigger an intricate automated fulfillment distribution system. Be sure to check out the video at the end of this article which shows […]

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Women are a Great Source for Skilled Manufacturing Jobs

May 19, 2015

While women make up half of the US workforce, they represent only a quarter of the manufacturing sector. And less than 10% of young women list manufacturing as a top career choice. Manufacturing is a high paying field, with a shortage of skilled workers to replace the retiring workforce. One thing that needs to change […]

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Harper’s Welding Program Adds to Campus

May 18, 2015

In an effort to offer practical solutions for the college and support green initiatives, all while teaching students, Harper’s Welding and Fabrication program is building the new bike racks that are popping up around campus. A few have already been installed, and many more are on the way. Every semester, the class will fabricate two bike racks. […]

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