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Images: Behind the scenes at Otto Engineering

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  • Sharon Podgorski tests one of the controllers that was just assembled.

       Sharon Podgorski tests one of the controllers that was just assembled.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Here is a couple of the controllers that would commonly be used in large construction or agricultural machines.

       Here is a couple of the controllers that would commonly be used in large construction or agricultural machines.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • In what could be a scene from the Matrix, a machine toils parts for some of the controllers or switches that the company produces.

       In what could be a scene from the Matrix, a machine toils parts for some of the controllers or switches that the company produces.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Steve Moehling, director of engineering at Otto Engineering explains the process by which parts are tested in the lab.

       Steve Moehling, director of engineering at Otto Engineering explains the process by which parts are tested in the lab.
    Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

  • Ramie Selvey operates a multi-spindle aluminum machine Friday at Otto Engineering in Carpentersville.

       Ramie Selvey operates a multi-spindle aluminum machine Friday at Otto Engineering in Carpentersville.
    Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

  • Switches and other products are put through rigorous tests in the testing lab inside Otto Engineering in Carpentersville. Here a set of switches are nearing 10,000 activations in the lab.

       Switches and other products are put through rigorous tests in the testing lab inside Otto Engineering in Carpentersville. Here a set of switches are nearing 10,000 activations in the lab.
    Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

  • Just a few of the many switches that the company makes.

       Just a few of the many switches that the company makes.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Maria Hernandez solders connections on one of the grips that she is working on.

       Maria Hernandez solders connections on one of the grips that she is working on.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Here is an example of work that the plastic prototype machine can output.

       Here is an example of work that the plastic prototype machine can output.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Here an employee stamps a piece with information pertaining to the use.

       Here an employee stamps a piece with information pertaining to the use.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Here is a close-up of the assembly of the P9 buttons.

       Here is a close-up of the assembly of the P9 buttons.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Otto, which makes switches and buttons for every thing from Blackhawk helicopters to large machinery moved its operation to Carpentersville in 1968. The company recently celebrated their 50th anniversary.

       Otto, which makes switches and buttons for every thing from Blackhawk helicopters to large machinery moved its operation to Carpentersville in 1968. The company recently celebrated their 50th anniversary.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Some of the metal leads used in the parts are barely big enough to show up in somebody's hand.

       Some of the metal leads used in the parts are barely big enough to show up in somebody's hand.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Here is a P6 switch that deals specifically with the landing gear on aircraft.

       Here is a P6 switch that deals specifically with the landing gear on aircraft.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Jars sit full of metal leads which will work their way into the many switches that the company produces.

       Jars sit full of metal leads which will work their way into the many switches that the company produces.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • David Ross, Vice President of Sales and Marketing explains the workings of the machine that makes a metal grip base that will eventually make it into one of the controllers.

       David Ross, Vice President of Sales and Marketing explains the workings of the machine that makes a metal grip base that will eventually make it into one of the controllers.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

 

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