Alliant Energy announced a new partnership with Iowa State University’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS). This will make it easier for Iowa manufacturers to implement new digital technologies and become more productive. The new ISU Digital Manufacturing Lab Powered by Alliant Energy will educate Iowa business about technologies such as collaborative robots and advanced vision systems and help them explore ways that automation might improve their companies.
In the drive to boost Iowa’s manufacturing economy, the lab will serve a valuable need by creating a flexible space where Iowa manufacturers will be able to experience, test and deploy emerging manufacturing technologies in ways that could help solve their workforce difficulties by getting more done with the same number of workers.
“The next new idea or machine could hold the key to success that a growing company needs,” said Joel Schmidt, Vice President of Business Development for Alliant Energy. “This lab provides the perfect opportunity to refine a new approach before it is introduced into the workplace.”
CIRAS is an outreach arm of Iowa State’s College of Engineering and the university’s Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations. CIRAS’ vast network of on–and off–campus experts provide research-proven service to Iowa businesses. Over the past five years projects with clients have generated an economic impact of more than $2.6 billion.
“Affordability and success go hand-in-hand,” Terry Kouba, President of Alliant Energy’s Iowa energy company, said. “When our industrial and commercial customers are more successful, it gives us greater flexibility to control costs for all of our customers.”