Shout outs

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…so using the term “shout out” gave me pause. I am getting to the age where my daughter tells me what is cool and what isn’t, and it is too late to wake her to ask her if shout out is an acceptable term to use in 2011. Hopefully, our readers are as socially awkward as I am and will forgive me lack of social awareness. In any case, I simply want to recognize one of our customers that has […]

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Product Recalls

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I have the honor of attending the Dassault Systemes Customer Conference in Las Vegas this week. After making my donation to The Flamingo last night, I was well prepared for a morning filled with proudct discussions and customer testimonials. So far, the most compelling presentation of the day was given by Steve McCarthy of Johnson & Johnson entitled "Product Lifecycle Management and the Patient." During his presentation, he mentioned that the number one reason for product recalls at J&J is […]

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Check out this article about the Chicago Sustainable Industries Initiative, which is trying to keep manufacturers in Chicago happy and profitable. http://bcove.me/8xmhi8kz

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You sketch like a girl

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This past week, CATI participated in a National Movement called "Introduce a Girl to Engineering." For the past 10 years, US universities, commercial companies, and volunteer organizations have, through individual efforts, attempted to introduce engineering concepts to young women in order to educate them regarding a career in our field. I am proud to say that I took part in bringing 17 seventh and eighth grade young ladies from Jane Addams Junior High in Schaumburg, IL to our corporate office […]

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I was checking out the SOLIDWORKS Blog site last night and noticed something very near and dear to my heart: They are running a green design contest, and the Grand Prize is a trip to Chaa Creek Eco Lodge in Belize. I spent my honeymoon in Belize, and Chaa Creek is one of the coolest places I have ever stayed. Yes, eco-friendly design is socially and environmentally responsible…but if nothing else, participate for the chance to win the trip: http://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2011/04/announcing-our-green-design-contest.html

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While this may go slightly against the grain of this Blog, I would like to take the opportunity to post a job opening that we are looking to fill. If you know anyone that fits this description, either a sales professional OR a SOLIDWORKS user that has an aptitude for sales, please have them contact me. http://www.cati.com/company/3d-cad-solidworks-reseller-employment.html Thank you for allowing me to temporarily disrupt the flow of our blog.

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I saw an interesting article this morning on Bloomberg citing CEO's optimism for the coming year. One item of interest was that nearly 60% of CEOs surveyed responded that they planned to increase spending on equipment in 2011. At the same time, manufacturers have been slow to staff up from pre-recession levels. Our customers may be in a position where they have to do far more with a smaller staff. It would seem that this is an opportune time for […]

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I just saw a great article that is very encouraging for our market. It is in today's Crain's Chicago Business, and it discusses a trend called "Near Shoring."   One of the key points that I took away from the article is that the Midwest may not have enough maufacturing talent to keep up with the demand if this trend continues.  This will cause a need for manufacturers to remain competitive in the market and attract key personnel by having the […]

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Cool New Website for Engineers

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I simply wanted to share a cool new website which may be valuable for CATI's customers.  The website introduction is pretty long, but the functionality on the site is very impressive.  At a glance, the website demonstrates how you can calculate, well , almost anything…enjoy. http://www.wolframalpha.com/screencast/introducingwolframalpha.html

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