Trade Shows: Quantity vs. Quality

Trade Shows: Quantity vs. Quality

We go to trade shows to gather leads, analyze our competition and network with other industry influencers.   What happens though when the show is not quite what you expected, the lighting is off, your products are  not going over well, or worse yet attendees simply did not show up.

When attendees do not show up most exhibitors choose to complain to the company responsible for driving quantity rather than focusing on what is right in front of them, the people.  Some shows are designed this way so that the quality of the attendees is the driving factor rather than trying to fill the exhibition hall to the maximum quantity.

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FIRST: A Step Towards Innovation & Teamwork

FIRST: A Step Towards Innovation & Teamwork

I am pleased to announce that INTEGRIS’ Jeff DeHeer is our guest blogger for today with a great article on his involvement in FIRST, an organization that helps young people develop and compete in a robotics competition.  We are proud to have Jeff as a part of our team here at INTEGRIS, and even more proud that he is part of such an awesome organization!  The following is what Jeff has to say about his excitement about being involved in FIRST.  Enjoy!

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INTEGRIS Group: Who Are We? What Do We Do?

INTEGRIS Group: Who Are We? What Do We Do?

In recent blog posts, there has been a lot of discussion about the things we do here at INTEGRIS.  As a beginning stage of adding content to our blog, we wanted to provide our readers with a solid background of who INTEGRIS is and why we do what we do. We care about our readers and our customers and we want to share our knowledge and success stories with everyone.  To prevent from going on and on and on (trust me, I could talk all day), I will leave you with the infographic below.  This will sum up all things INTEGRIS and who we are.  Enjoy!

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What You Need to Know About Finite Element Analysis (FEA)

What You Need to Know About Finite Element Analysis (FEA)

Finite Element Analysis

INTEGRIS specializes in Finite Element Analysis (FEA).  FEA is a computerized method for predicting how a product reacts to real-world forces, vibrations, heat, fluid flow, and other physical effects.  FEA displays whether a product will wear out, break, or work the way it was designed to work.  Several of the areas that FEA can be applied to include:

  • Structure Analysis
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Dynamics
  • Thermal Analysis
  • Electrical Analysis
  • Biomaterials

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Do Computers Talk to Each Other?

Do Computers Talk to Each Other on the Internet?

Did you know computers talk to each other through their own, unique language?  And that language is called TCP/IP.  TCP/IP is a set of communications protocols that allow computers to communicate on the Internet.  The language get its name based on the two most important protocols – the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and the Internet Protocol (IP).  These two protocols specify how devices connect to the Internet and how data transmits between those devices.  In simpler terms, it’s how all of those emails you send everyday reach the person on the other end.

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Project Management Methodology

Project Management Methodology

When to use Agile vs. Waterfall Project Methodologies

There are several ways to manage a project, two of the most prominent methods being waterfall and Agile. But when should one approach be used over the other? Is one of them superior?

Many debates as to which is better can be found all over the internet. Today, we’re arming you with information about both waterfall and Agile methodologies so that you can make an informed decision as to which approach makes the best sense based on the nature of a particular project.

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INTEGRIS Capabilities Infographic

INTEGRIS Capabilities

If you read our last blog post, you got some good insight on our every day capabilities here at the INTEGRIS H.Q.  Although we provided a vast wealth of INTEGRIS knowledge, you may still be a little curious about some of the details behind the day-to-day projects we work on.  We can’t spill our guts about everything we do, but we can give you a good dose of info on our everyday capabilities that we can provide to our customers and potential clients.  We have multiple capabilities, from what we do to how we achieve it, and we make sure we get the job done the right way.

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INTEGRIS Engineering F.A.Q.

INTEGRIS Engineering F.A.Q.

For those of you out there who don’t know much about INTEGRIS, we are here to help! We know that not everyone knows exactly what we do at INTEGRIS and who does it, so we’ve put together a few FAQ’s to shed a little light on the subject.  This FAQ sessions may not answer all of your questions so please do not hesitate to reach out to us (contact info is in the FAQ) if you need further assistance, we are always here to help!

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Engineering for Charity

Engineering for Charity

There aren’t many events in your life that will leave a lasting impression like an F4 tornado. Equally, the same tragic event brings out the best in a community and people. Personally, the impact of the devastation was minimal compared to others. Over a year and a half later, the Washington, IL is getting accustomed to the new normal and we are finally finishing up on home repairs. Part of the new normal is repairing the local mini golf course with designs created and built by area high schools.

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Want to Make a Commercial?

Want to Make a Commerical?

Want to Make a Commercial? is what our banking partner, Illinois National Bank asked us a couple months ago, and we said yes! The question was, what do we make a :30 second commercial about that highlights the engineering and new product development that we do, and the great service that Illinois National Bank provides?  The teams got together for a quick brainstorming session and determined to develop a “product” that we could Rapid Prototype (3D Print) in house and have an impact in the commercial, but what should it be?  We initially decided on a Piggy Bank branded with the INB Logo, that we would design encompassing our typical 8 Phase New Product Development Process.  As we entered phase 1, we added some features, including goggles and making it fly! That’s right we decided to make a flying pig, to better solve the problem of “when pigs fly”.

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