Issues caused by wear and tear on rotating machinery could be easier to detect and predict because of a research partnership between Iowa State University and Vermeer Corporation. Vermeer Corporation is the manufacturer of iconic yellow iron seen on industrial jobsites and farm fields worldwide. The team has manufacturing facilities and regional offices around the …Continue reading “Iowa State University, Vermeer Corporation team up to study machine wear and tear”
Caroline Hayes was in her office for more virtual meetings. But the chair of Iowa State University’s department of mechanical engineering said she really wanted to be back in the lab. For the past two weeks, Hayes, department staffers and a few students still in town have been 3D printing and assembling face shields for …Continue reading “Mechanical engineers fire up 3D printers, round up supplies to make face shields for Iowa hospitals”
Iowa State University’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) is pleased to announce a new partnership with Alliant Energy that will make it easier for Iowa manufacturers to implement new digital technologies and become more productive. With Alliant Energy’s support, CIRAS this summer will open a new laboratory in the ISU Research Park to help Iowa companies experiment with new manufacturing technologies. The new ISU Digital Manufacturing Lab Powered by Alliant Energy will educate Iowa businesses about technologies such as collaborative robots and advanced vision systems and help them explore ways that automation might improve their companies.
This story was originally written by Steven Bell, senior lecturer in the agricultural and biosystems engineering (ABE) department at Iowa State University. On Sept. 21, Iowa State University’s Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department (ISU ABE) hosted the 2018 Startup Factory Prototyping and Manufacturing forum. The forum is an offering within the ISU Startup …Continue reading “ABE hosts the ISU EDIR – 2018 Startup Factory Prototyping & Manufacturing forum”
As Iowa State University researchers Dr. Martin Gross (former graduate student in agricultural and biosystems engineering) and Dr. Zhiyou Wen worked in their lab to develop an algal growth technology to create algal biomass, they never imagined that what they developed would also solve a problem much bigger and way beyond the original scope of …Continue reading “ABE alum creates ISU startup factory company to take on the mitigation of N and P”
Early in 2016, Iowa State University’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) launched a comprehensive training program designed to standardize the way Iowa companies learn about government contracting. In April, the program received national recognition during the spring conference of the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC) CIRAS, which is part of the …Continue reading “CIRAS’s Procurement Technical Assistance Program receives 2016 Outstanding Project Award”
Deep in the basement of the agricultural and biosystems engineering building at Iowa State University, a tiny laser pings back and forth from the guts of a gargantuan 3-D printer, striking a thin layer of metal dust on a metal plate at precisely the right spots. Within seconds, the outline of a pair of scissors …Continue reading “The magic of 3-D metal printing”
By Jeff Eckhoff, communications manager for the Center for Industrial Research and Service. The future of modern manufacturing is now being built in the basement of ISU’s Sukup Hall – one 40-micron-thick layer at a time. Iowa State University’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) has been up and running for roughly a month now …Continue reading “CIRAS’ metal printer— Pointing the way to new methods for making stuff”
Two educational institutions will work together to help Dubuque-area advanced manufacturing companies. Northeast Iowa Community College and Iowa State University Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) recently partnered to provide a single point of contact for manufacturers to help them find programs and support services to reach their long-term goals.
A new presentation from the Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS), co-authored by ISU mechanical engineering senior lecturer Emmanuel Agba, seeks to educate company owners about the place automation could have in their business. According to Agba, the presentation was created because of a “gap in communication and understanding of what is needed by manufacturers and what should be provided by system integrators.”
Automation is increasingly a driving force behind manufacturing. A group of area business representatives and educators spent Tuesday learning about robotics and toured Acieta’s Council Bluffs facility through a program organized by the Southwest Iowa Manufacturers Alliance for Quality. The alliance brings together manufacturers served throughout Iowa Western Community College’s seven-county area. Its spring event …Continue reading “Chris Hill of CIRAS educates manufacturers about automation concepts”
Jeff Eckhoff is communications manager for the Center for Industrial Research and Service. He spent 21 years as a newspaper journalist at the Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer and the Des Moines Register before joining CIRAS at the end of 2013. In this guest blog post, he talks about the economic value CIRAS provides …Continue reading “Guest post: So, what is CIRAS?”
This past Veteran’s Day, Iowa State’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) and the North Iowa Vocational Center (NIVC) teamed up on a project that turns lumber into beautiful wooden urns for Iowa’s fallen veterans. Vietnam vet Dave Crowe started the project at NIVC, where he found his calling teaching people with disabilities the …Continue reading “CIRAS project honors fallen Iowa war veterans”
Written by Ronald Cox, Iowa State University College of Engineering Associate Dean for Extension and Outreach The Des Moines Register Most Iowans may be unable to credit the source, but I think we’re all relatively familiar with the old quote from Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu about the journey of 1,000 miles beginning with a single step. For …Continue reading “Partnerships between ISU, industry lead to innovation”