3D Printing in Muscle Car Restoration

3D printing Muscle Car parts? At INTEGRIS we are car enthusiasts as well, and were approached with a very interesting proposition, could we 3D Print near factory correct parts for an ongoing muscle car restoration? Us, always exploring new ways to do things, did not run from this challenge! This will be a teaser of what to come in a much longer (and in depth) blog post about how we went about this project!

We were given a Hood Scoop that was in need of fiberglass repair but also needed the mounting studs repaired after several decades of neglect and water infiltration.  Our original thought was to glass them back to factory shape, but an INTEGRIST had a different idea, after helping his son with a spoiler project, he thought to 3D print & re-stud the mounting supports.  This would involve using a CAD program to model up the correct shape and then 3D print with ABS to ensure heat tolerance, but would provide a near-factory (albeit hard to tell) solution.  So we got to work taking measurements and 3D printing test pieces.  We’re going to leave this right here with a pic, and stay tuned for an overview on the final product here in the coming weeks.

3D Printed Hood Scoop Teaser

3D Printed Hood Scoop Mounting

INTEGRIS to manufacture SIMnext’s DR Doppler

East Peoria, IL (April 19, 2016) – INTEGRIS Group, a leading innovator in the field of product development, recently worked with Peoria, IL based SIMnext to engineer and develop the industry’s first dynamic ultrasound training solution: DR Doppler.  DR Doppler provides clinicians and students with a variety of simulations of pathological blood flow that they might not frequently see in clinical practice. This technology will enable them to develop new skills and stay current on their existing skills.

Due to the complexity and detailed nature of the system, SIMnext has chosen INTEGRIS Group to continue the partnership by manufacturing the DR Doppler Dynamic Ultrasound Trainer right here in Central Illinois.

INTEGRIS is honored to be chosen to help diversify the manufacturing core of the Greater Peoria region by adding High Tech Medical Manufacturing to the mix.  INTEGRIS co-owner, and Greater Peoria Strategic  Manufacturing Group member Andy Berberich, was in attendance last year when Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced her vision of Peoria becoming a Medical Manufacturing Hub for Illinois. This partnership between SIMnext and INTEGRIS is a great start. “We are proud to represent Central Illinois and the variety of manufacturing disciplines we have here, this step to a High Tech hub lays the foundation for a future of growth within the region,” states Berberich.

The manufacturing of DR Doppler is expected to begin in Q2 of 2016, with production increasing over the next 5 years.  INTEGRIS will manufacture the system out of their East Peoria, Illinois facility, shipping DR Doppler throughout the world.

“We are very excited about expanding our relationship with INTEGRIS to develop and manufacture the DR Doppler system,” said SIMnext Executive Director Paul Pribaz.  “Their strong commitment to the growth of Central Illinois and to working with us to create solutions that will further evolve healthcare simulation make them an ideal partner for this product.”

For more information on DR Doppler & SIMnext please visit: www.simnext.com.

The Case for Market Research: The Path to Sales

How INTEGRIS Used Market Research to Drive Sales

Executive Summary

INTEGRIS Group is primarily known for our engineering knowledge, however, we have a talented marketing team that works in conjunction with engineering to provide market research. We were approached to investigate a further push into an existing market and since we understood the engineering behind the product it made sense to keep this project at INTEGRIS.  Our goal was to determine if there was a significant need for new or replacement grain transfer equipment throughout the Midwest.  They had been dabbling the industry for about the past decade, but have not made great strides in acquiring market share and while they have learned from mistakes, they wanted to ensure the effort was proving to be fruitful both now and in the future.  INTEGRIS agreed and we put together a market research portfolio analyzing both existing and future needs while being ever mindful of how to capture these markets as we learned about their potential needs.

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Product Development & Market Research: Do You Know How They Relate?

Product Development & Market Research: Do You Know How They Relate?

There are multiple different aspects that are involved in the product development process.  This is something that INTEGRIS puts a lot of our energy and resources into when we tackle our client projects. Consumer demands are growing faster than ever and new product development is crucial in keeping up with those demands.  Growth and development require a continuous stream of new ideas, product updates, and new category innovations.

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The 7 Best Marketing Blogs You Can’t Live Without

The 7 Best Marketing Blogs You Can’t Live Without

There are a boat-load of marketing blogs out there today and filtering through the garbage to find worthy information can be a daunting task.  Marketing blogs can provide tons of useful information to help with all aspects of your marketing: content, social media, SEO, email, and on and on and on.  There’s no doubt that all of these things are important marketing hot points, but how do you know when you’re reading tips and strategies that are actually beneficial?  The answer is easy, you follow the blogs on this list! So, take a few minutes to read through the list, follow the links, and get yourself on the path to marketing domination!

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Did You Know When You’re Happy Your Cells Smile?

Did You Know When You’re Happy Your Cells Smile?

I am pleased to announce another guest writer for the INTEGRIS blog!  We have so many talented people that work at INTEGRIS from all types of industries.  Today I am excited to say that INTEGRIS’ own in-house Clinical Laboratory Scientist, Shawn Berberich, is our guest writer!  Shawn has an extensive background as a Medical Laboratory Scientist along with her education in Health Systems from Rutgers University.  Shawn is not only the INTEGRIS in-house CLS, but she also does work for other companies.  The following post is a brief discussion of a very interesting find she discovered recently while on the job. Enjoy!

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Analytics That Will Matter Most to Your Boss

Analytics That Will Matter Most to Your Boss

Analytics plays a very important role in a company’s success, and there are tons of analytics available on all aspects of a website.  But taking those analytics, reviewing them, and creating a report with the most beneficial information can be a daunting task.  At the end of each month, an analytics report is put together by myself and the INTEGRIS Marketing Team hitting the hotspots of the INTEGRIS website and social media pages.  This blog post is going to provide you some beneficial insight on the purpose of analytics and which of those metrics your boss will actually care about seeing.  Keep in mind, each company and project are different and have different needs, so tailoring your analytics report to those specifics is key for creating a worthwhile report.

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Twitter Marketing & the Truth About Beating the Odds

Twitter Marketing & the Truth About Beating the Odds

Over the last week or so, I have put out a few blog posts regarding INTEGRIS’ social media marketing challenges and several helpful tips that we are using to overcome those challenges.  So far, I’ve covered our LinkedIn Page and our Facebook Page.  Now, it’s time for our Twitter Page, which is our most successful page so far.  There are multiple aspects I focus on when I say our most successful page including the number of followers, tweet impressions, tweets linking to INTEGRIS, and a few others.  I’ve got to say, for having no budget for ads, almost zero followers, and very little of INTEGRIS content to start with, our Twitter Page has kicked some butt in development!

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5 Easy Tips to Boost Your Facebook Marketing

5 Easy Tips to Boost Your Facebook Marketing

The social media giant that is Facebook provides excellent marketing opportunities for companies big and small if those opportunities are leveraged correctly.  Many people think that simply posting to Facebook will provide tons of page likes, new followers, comments, likes, and so on.  If only it was that easy…and believe me I really wish it was that easy!  However, we don’t live in a world where everything comes that easy and with little effort, so that leaves us with no choice but to work hard and make things happen!  INTEGRIS has come a long way with our Facebook Page growth and our strategies upon achieving the success that we have.  Now let me clarify, we haven’t been breaking any records or anything, but we have made quite a bit of progress in just the last few months.

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5 Marketing Tips to Revamp Your LinkedIn Profile

5 Marketing Tips to Revamp Your LinkedIn Profile

Growing and maintaining a presence for your business on LinkedIn is no easy feat to overcome, especially when there is no room in the budget to boost and promote your posts and updates.  INTEGRIS has been faced with the challenge of establishing a solid LinkedIn profile to gain followers and grow our presence to help our marketing efforts, and with no budget to do so.  I have definitely had my work cut out for me!  So, I’ve got to start off by saying that this is a slow-moving process, but a possible goal to achieve.  As I mentioned, there is no room in our current marketing budget to spend on any social media advertising, meaning that all of our followers, interactions, page views, etc. have been 100% organic (free).  INTEGRIS has had a LinkedIn Page for well over a year now, but it wasn’t until May of 2015 that I started the implementation of INTEGRIS’ Social Media Marketing Plan.

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