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EIGERlab’s January 2015 Newsletter | NIU Student Design Team Collaborates with EIGERlab’s Center for Product Development

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

20150129_NIU_Student_Design_TeamNIU’s mechanism design and analysis student team was assigned a challenging project-create a six-legged walking robot complete with a Hoeckens Linkage to compete with fellow student teams. Post design, they enlisted EIGERlab to print their creation utilizing additive manufacturing or 3D printing. Haley Cummings, a junior mechanical engineering major on the team, said, “The students were given design constraints by the professor, which included adding a Hoeckens linkage. Translation, it had to have six legs, walk, and have three feet on the ground at all times. This mechanism makes the legs of the robot walk along a path guided by the front leg.”

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EIGERlab’s December 2014 Newsletter | TechWorks’ impactful workforce results

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

TWWebsite_4559Congratulations to Gordy Blaisdell and his colleagues!

2014 has been an impactful year for TechWorks including entry-level Computerized Numeric Control (CNC) machine operator training, in addition to Assembly and custom training. The number of students who graduated from the six and seven week courses was impressive-92 CNC machine operators and 13 Assemblers. The spike in custom training reflects the value found by regional companies to expand their engineers’ knowledge beyond the engineering phase, as well as the creation of the part, and the process and machinery utilized to create it.

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EIGERlab assists NIU’s mechanism design and analysis class students

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Students in a mechanism design and analysis class are creating a six-legged walking mechanism machine using 3-D printing.

John Seper, senior mechanical engineering major, said teams of students spent at least two months completing their machine’s design. Seper’s team then contacted EIGERlab, which will complete the 3-D printed mechanism Friday or Monday.

The assignment is due the Tuesday after Thanksgiving break and the six groups of four to five students will compete for grades on their robots.

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Rockford business fair tackles sluggish growth among minority-owned companies

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

ROCKFORD — Nearly 200 local business leaders gathered Thursday at Klehm Arboretum to share new approaches to bolstering the region’s lagging growth among small and minority-owned companies.

Going beyond the typical lectures or workshops, the Illinois Comptroller’s Office organized a series of casual networking lunches across the state to promote business resources available to minority groups, women and veterans.

Einar Forsman of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce — which organized the Klehm meetup with the Rockford 521 Initiative and the Salsa Business Network — said the enthusiastic crowd showed the ongoing need to reach all corners of the local business community.

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Rockford Spectrum students test waters in ‘Shark Tank’ competition

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

ROCKFORD — A parkour gym, a 50-meter pool, a murder mystery museum, a zombie survival park and an international market.

The list reads like notes from a tourism brainstorming session, but the ideas actually were hatched by a group of sixth-graders at Spectrum Progressive School as part of their “Bring it to Rockford” competition.

The students modeled their competition after the popular television show “Shark Tank,” during which entrepreneurs pitch business ideas to a panel of celebrity investors.

One by one, the school’s sixth-graders entered and exited “the shark tank” — a small table set up in front of the judges. They’d give their pitch, answer a few questions and sit down.

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EIGERlab’s November 2014 Newsletter | sockTABs Product Launch | 3D Solution Printed for First Grader

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

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sockTABs Product Launch was a Huge Success!

sockTABs are currently available for purchase at b jones Boutique, Crimson Ridge, Porch, Tom Harmer and www.sockTABs.com

The Burress family, creator of the original sockTABs ™, announced the formal release of their ingenious pairing device at a press conference at EIGERlab on Wednesday, October 29.

American-made sockTABs provide a simple solution to an everyday household problem: the infamous “sock monster!”

Tracie is proud to share that she’s completed the second round of ABC’s Shark Tank. To impress the Shark Tank judges-knock their socks off, so to speak-she is now counting on buyers in the Rockford Region to support this product with great sales volume. She’d love to bring positive, national exposure to Rockford while obtaining capital to grow.

sockTABs are currently available for purchase at b jones Boutique, Crimson Ridge, Porch, Tom Harmer and www.sockTABs.com; retail price, just $9.99 for 24 tabs. Currently, negotiations are underway with major retailers in the region-expect to announce partnership in the near future. The tabs not only pair socks but also serve as a stylish fashion accessory, like cufflinks for socks.

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Socks never lose their solemate with Rockford couple’s new product

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

ROCKFORD — Tracie and Glen Burress have turned their solution to a vexing laundry problem into an entrepreneurial adventure. And now they need your help.

In June, the husband-and-wife team won the $5,000 prize for the Stateline FastPitch Competition for local entrepreneurs with sockTABs, a product that’s similar in size to a cuff link and keeps socks together from the hamper to the washer to the dryer so that each one of your socks never loses its “sole” mate.

The Burresses recently found a California company to manufacture their product. Today, four local retailers sell sockTABs and Tracie is in talks with Bed Bath & Beyond and Target to carry the product, too.

Even more exciting, the Burresses have made it to the second round of ABC’s “Shark Tank,” a show that has aspiring entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to a panel of accomplished businesspeople in hopes of winning an investment. To impress the “Shark Tank” judges, the Burresses are counting on Rockford to buy sockTABs so they can demonstrate strong sales volume.

They’ll find out by early December whether their progress is good enough to land them a spot on the show’s seventh season, which would air in the fall of 2015.

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Local Family Unveils SockTABs

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

ROCKFORD (WIFR) – If throwing socks in the laundry machine seems daunting, a Rockford family is looking to help us with that.

Glen and Tracie Burress have unveiled SockTABs.

They’re clips to keep pairs together while they’re being cleaned. The Burress family says they can also be used as a fashion accessory like cufflinks for socks. SockTABs was the creation that one this year’s Fast Pitch competition, a local entrepreneur contest.

“Wherever you take your socks off, you simply tab them together before they go through the mystery of the hamper, the washing machine, or the dryer and that way they will continue to be together, like the happy sock couple they were intended to be,” said co-creator Tracie Burress.

Negotiations are underway to put SockTABs into some major retailers. To find out where you can get SockTABs now or for more information about the product, click on the attached related link.

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New Product Release, Rockford’s Own sockTABs

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

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Award-winning Entrepreneur Unveils Simple Solution to Everyday Household Problem

Rockford, IL (October 24, 2014) – The Burress family, creator of the original sockTABs ™, will announce the formal release of their ingenious pairing device at a press conference to be held at EIGERlab on Wednesday, October 29, at 10 a.m.

American-made sockTABs provide a simple solution to an everyday household problem: the infamous “sock monster!”

Tracie is proud to share that she’s completed the second round of ABC’s Shark Tank. To impress the Shark Tank judges—knock their socks off, so to speak—she is now counting on buyers in the Rockford Region to support this product with great sales volume. She’d love to bring positive, national exposure to Rockford while obtaining capital to grow. sockTABs are currently available for purchase at b jones Boutique, Crimson Ridge, Porch, Tom Harmer and www.sockTABs.com; retail price, just $9.99 for 24 tabs. Currently, negotiations are underway with major retailers in the region—expect to announce partnership in the near future. The tabs not only pair socks but also serve as a stylish fashion accessory, like cufflinks for socks.

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EIGERlab’s October 2014 Newsletter | Area’s first 80/20 Boot Camp

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

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Join us for the area’s first 80/20 two-day boot camp

EIGERlab is bringing Management Resource Group and Profit Enhancement Solutions to the table for a thought-provoking boot camp to help you increase your profitability and target your growth. Hear how successful companies have changed the way they look at their businesses and dramatically changed their outcomes…more money, more time, more satisfaction, and more fun.

80% of your sales come from 20% of your products and customers. 80% of your supplies come from 20% of your vendors. 20% of your employees give you 80% of your productivity.

But, what do you do with that information? How do you use it to change your business, your sales, your profits, and your life? Learn how to utilize this process and create an action plan to improve your bottom-line with the 80/20 principal.

Who should attend: Company Influencers 

- CEO, COO, CFO, CMO, President

When: Monday-Tuesday, November 3-4, 2014

Where: Anderson Gardens, Rockford, IL | Meals will be provided

Space is limited. To learn how to make more, reserve your spot today. RSVP to: SPritz@nullEIGERlab.org. For more information, phone 815.316.6357.

Cost: Depending upon the size of the firm, the workshop generally runs $5,000-

$6,000, but 50% of the total cost will be subsidized by a Chase Foundation Grant.

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