Thursday, August 17, 2017

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

GADgET Girls 2017!


The GADgET Girls visited our sister company, Ex-Cell Kaiser Manufacturing and Design, today to experience the world of product line manufacturing. The GADgET girls were able to work with Janet Kaiser- Owner of Ex-Cell and Century Metal Spinning, Vanessa Merel- Estimating Coordinator at Century Metal Spinning, Anna- Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and Mary- Director of Operations. The girls participated in discussions about manufacturing and design, factory tours, and goal-setting.

 Janet Kaiser, Owner of Ex-Cell Kaiser and Century Metal Spinning, and Vanessa Merel, Estimating Coordinator at Century Metal Spinning, welcome the GADgET Girls.

Vanessa Merel discusses the important world of engineering, design, and manufacturing. She also explains how Century Metal Spinning is a supplier for Ex-Cell Kaiser. Century spins the raw material which is then used for a specific product to be manufactured and sold by Ex-Cell.

Vanessa Merel facilitates a goal-setting session with the GADgET Girls. Each girl had to make a "goal bucket list," and then represent it visually on an actual bucket, spun by Century Metal Spinning.

Vanessa Merel facilitates a goal-setting session with the GADgET Girls. Each girl had to make a "goal bucket list," and then represent it visually on an actual bucket, spun by Century Metal Spinning.

GADgET Girls bucket lists. Buckets spun by Century Metal Spinning.

 GADgET Girls bucket lists. Buckets spun by Century Metal Spinning.

 GADgET Girls are given a tour of the Ex-Cell Kaiser plant by Mary, Director of Operations.


  GADgET Girls are given a tour of the Ex-Cell Kaiser plant by Mary, Director of Operations.

  GADgET Girls are given a tour of the Ex-Cell Kaiser plant by Mary, Director of Operations.

  GADgET Girls are given a tour of the Ex-Cell Kaiser plant by Mary, Director of Operations.

GADgET Girls enjoying the showroom!

GADgET Girls enjoying the showroom!

 GADgET Girls enjoying the showroom!

 Some of Ex-Cell Kaiser's products.

  Some of Ex-Cell Kaiser's products.

  Some of Ex-Cell Kaiser's products.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

GADgET girls are back!


GADgET girls are back! GADgET is a summer program funded by a grant from the Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs Foundation of FMA (Fabricator Manufactures Association) designed to introduce female youth between the ages of 12 and 16 to the world of manufacturing through hands-on projects, and site visits to manufacturing facilities. triton.edu/content.aspx?id=702

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Metal Art by Alex Smithson


Alex Smithson was able to create "Scrap Ball and Nut Ball" using our aluminum hemispheres as forms. Check out more @Metal Art by Alex Smithson




Sunday, April 2, 2017

Tech Savvy Conference




Vanessa, our Estimating Coordinator, recently participated in the Tech Savvy Conference hosted by Triton College on March 25th. Tech Savvy is an AAUW event designed to attract girls into the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields, while also inviting parents, mentors and teachers currently teaching and/or working in the field to learn about new developments in STEM education and careers and how they can further support girls' interest and success in STEM. The opening speaker was Josyln Matt, Web Developer and Technical Business Analyst, Vail Systems Graduate, Proviso Math & Science Academy. Throughout the conference, Vanessa was able to participate in different workshops while meeting some inspiring women in the STEM world. 


(from left to right) 
Ruth Pordes: retired computing professional for Fermilab
Jeny Teheran: Cybersecurity Researcher and Security Analyst for Fermilab
Elena Gramellini: 4th year graduate student in High Energy Physics at Yale University 
Vanessa Merel: Estimating Coordinator for Century Metal Spinning



Elena Gramellini taking participants through a virtual Fermilab particle accelerator.