Engineering and Manufacturing Veteran Launches Custom Machine Design and Build Business
I’m proud to announce the launch of 315 Machine Design LLC ─ a custom machine design and build company located in Geneva, Illinois. The Illinois Secretary of State made it official on August 13, 2014.
This day has been long in the making.
My journey started 21 years ago, when I graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, and accepted a job offer from Sterling Incorporated ─ an auxiliary equipment manufacturer for the plastics industry ─ in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. My first title was sales applications engineer.
Over the next 2 decades, I earned a Master in Business Administration degree from Keller Graduate School of Management, and held 9 different titles in sales, marketing, operations and engineering culminating in Vice President of Engineering. I’ve been responsible for departmental budgets and corporate profit/loss.
Along the way, I saw Sterling be acquired by Harbour Group and merged with AEC, Cumberland, Wabash and Carter to become the ACS Group. I started up internal business units, and revamped others to make them more efficient. Also, led teams updating old products and developing new product lines.
But, just before Christmas in 2013, I left the corporate life because I had no more blood, sweat, and tears to give. It was time to re-evaluate my life and career.
During my hiatus, I discovered a love for learning new things, and doing new/different things daily. I also rediscovered my passion: helping companies be successful.
I had been thinking about starting a new business, or buying an existing one for a while. But, when a former colleague called asking for assistance in starting up his new venture, I had my ah-ha moment. I knew it was time for me to start my business.
For a major portion of my career, I designed custom equipment or new product lines. Additionally, I witnessed companies, large and small, struggling with internal development projects due to, in many cases, the lack of resources and methods to develop custom products or product lines.
I merged those two to form 315 Machine Design.
Our mission is pretty simple. Design and build— limited run to pilot production-run — intelligent machines for collaborative manufacturing that are easy to use, easy to maintain, and make your business more successful.
To accomplish our mission, we start by analyzing your situation, current machinery, and processes, and acquiring an understanding of your needs and desires. Then we apply discipline to the gained knowledge to design better, safer products. Lastly, we use lean manufacturing techniques to cost-effectively build your dream machines.
You Dream It. We Build It.
While reading this article you might be saying to yourself, 315 Machine Design seems to be an odd name for a business. Well, it is quite logical.
March 15th is my birthday. Geometry is a large part of designing machinery, and 315O is located in the center of the 4th quadrant.
In automation, the 4th quadrant is where machine velocity slows and positive torque is generated. While all businesses are running at hyperspeed, we decelerate the design process while meeting your deadline so that maximum results are generated.
Lastly, the psychological principle of Q4 recommends when dealing with others to exhibit the following behaviors.
- Two-way, open communication
- Actively listens and expresses candidly
- Jointly shares ownership in both successes and failures
- Motivated to focus on needs or benefits of others
- Relevant task-oriented
These are types of traits I want to exhibit when dealing with my customers.
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