The Numbers Show that US Manufacturing is Strong

March 25, 2015

This article details some of the specifics of how manufacturing is showing to be a strong and important industry for the economy. The US has been slowly bouncing back from the recession that ended in June 2009, but the US manufacturing industry remains strong and is doing better than the rest of the world. The […]

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National Robotics Week is Coming Up

March 24, 2015

Time to dust off your robot dance! The sixth annual National Robotics Week will take place April 4-12. This is an exciting week for the industry as it serves to celebrate US leadership in robotics development. It educates, advocates, and inspires those who are involved with or are interested in robotics design and technology. Be […]

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New Robot to Change the Face of Manufacturing

March 21, 2015

Sawyer is a new robot that is set to significantly improve the manufacturing industry. Developed by Boston’s Rethink Robotics, the robot is expected to increase efficiency, safety, and productivity in factories. Sawyer weighs in at 41.9 lbs, stands at 3.3 feet tall, features one arm, and is more flexible than other robots. It was created […]

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Stronger Illinois Manufacturing Through the Genesis Movement

March 20, 2015

The Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) has partnered with the Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance to create the Genesis Movement. The Genesis Movement is an initiative designed to strengthen the manufacturing sector and its workforce. It will do this through tools and strategies that will increase the competitiveness of Chicago-area manufacturers and develop a skilled, adaptable […]

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Southern Illinois Job Fair

March 13, 2015

80 employers will be looking to fill open positions at the 20th annual John A. Logan College Fair in Carterville, IL. The event will take place on Wednesday, March 25 from 9am – 1pm at the Donald L. Brewer Gymnasium. Everyone is welcome to attend. The yearly event usually brings in 650-700 residents. Job openings […]

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How 3D Printing Will Transform Business

March 10, 2015

This article explains how 3D printing is already changing business models. 3D printing is an additive manufacturing (AM) process in which parts are grown rather than subtracted, such as with traditional machining. The process is now producing products at the same quality level as traditional machining, but with less capital investment. 3D printing is being […]

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National Technical Systems Acquires Trace Labs

March 8, 2015

National Technical Systems (NTS), the leading provider of environmental simulation testing, recently acquired Trace Laboratories. Trace’s 45,000 square foot Palatine, IL facility will become a test center for inspection, certification services for dynamics, climatic, EMC, lighting, product safety, mechanical and fluids. Trace’s Baltimore, MD facility will be used for materials testing. According to William C. […]

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Hundreds of Manufacturing Jobs Available in Central Illinois

March 6, 2015

23 companies in Moultrie, Douglas, and Coles counties have participated in a survey which showed that over 500 jobs will be available over the next year in Central Illinois. 48% of the jobs will be replacement positions, and 52% will be new hires. This shows a major skills gap between job openings and qualified workforce […]

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Richland Community College Expands its Welding Program

March 3, 2015

Richland Community College, in Decatur IL, has recently undergone a significant expansion in its welding program. A new lab quadrupled the size of the program space and was part of a multimillion dollar construction which included $230,000 of new equipment. New state-of-the-art equipment includes a robotic welding training unit, and additional welding, cutting and grinding stations. […]

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Key Trends for Technology in Higher Education in 2015

March 2, 2015

This article describes some of the key technology trends that are likely to be found throughout higher education in 2015. The New Media Consortium Horizon Report: 2015 Higher Education Edition showcases these exciting new ways of learning. Key trends that will become part of higher education this year include: increased innovation; more collaboration and sharing […]

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