Technology Training, Events, and Workshops

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues, the Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) continues to prioritize the health and safety of our communities, clients, and staff. We have made the decision to cancel, postpone, or move online all CIRAS in-person events through the end of 2020. Webinars will continue as planned. Full refunds will be issued for canceled events and to those unable to attend rescheduled events. Please contact us at ciras@iastate.edu or 515-294-3420 with any questions.

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September 2020


Do’s and Don’ts: Identifying Good Robot Projects Webinar

9/29/2020, Webinar

Technology Webinar 

Details: The webinar will cover best practices on identifying good robot projects both from ROI and application complexity standpoint. This session from IMEC and Universal Robots will cover: Movement patterns best fit for automation; Choosing the right robot for the right application; Questions to answer before purchasing the hardware; DIY vs using and integrator. This session will cover these topics and leave ample time for a Q&A session. Contact Shankar Srinivasan for more information at srigshan@iastate.edu.

 

Affordable Robots: Lease, Rent, and Reconditioned Options

9/30/2020, Webinar

Technology Webinar 

Details: In this webinar, you will learn about other options available when it comes to acquiring robotic automation. Renting, leasing, and buying reconditioned robots are all available when you choose automation integrator, RobotWorx. Since 1992, RobotWorx has been integrating new and reconditioned robotic systems for a wide spectrum of applications in manufacturing. Join us and learn how to begin your journey in automation through the help of Purdue MEP and our network of industry experts. This event is being sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Purdue MEP, The Center for Industrial Research and Service at Iowa State University (CIRAS), and the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC).? Contact Shankar Srinivasan at srigshan@iastate.edu.

 

 

October 2020


Virtual Tour of NDE Lab Assistance

10/8/2020, Webinar

Technology Webinar 

Details: This one-hour webinar is designed to explain the tools available to help companies test and analyze products at Iowa State University's Center for Nondestructive Evaluation. The presentation will simulate what would happen if a company wanted to address quality control problems on specific components. We'll walk you through the triage of what goes wrong and what tools could be helpful. For more, contact heydave@iastate.edu.

 

Preparing for Automation Among Small and Medium Size Manufacturers

10/8/2020, Webinar

Technology Webinar 

Details: Are you keeping up? Is your manufacturing plant as efficient as it could be? What will happen if you can’t find the necessary workers to accomplish your company’s goals? This 30-minute webinar provides a broad overview of manufacturing automation – what it is, where it’s heading, and the benefits in can provide, as well as the methodology and strategy that should go into an automation decision. For more, contact Ahay Grover at agrover@iastate.edu

 

Plant Layout Simulations with Flow Planner

10/13/2020, Webinar

Technology Webinar 

Details: Efficient manufacturing means avoiding wasted energy. Is your plant squandering time and money by handling material more often than it needs to? This one-hour webinar will explain how CIRAS can create a simulation of your plant layout and find the most efficient way for you to operate. For more, contact Kirk Haaland at khaaland@iastate.edu.

 

Virtual Materials Lab Tour

10/15/2020, Webinar

Technology Webinar 

Details: This one-hour webinar is designed to explain the tools available to help companies test and analyze materials at the CIRAS Materials Lab. The presentation will simulate what would happen if a company wanted to address quality control problems on specific components. We'll walk you through the triage of what frequently goes wrong and what tools could be helpful. For more, contact Adam Boesenberg at aboesenb@iastate.edu.

 

Business Process Automation Using SharePoint/Office 365

10/15/2020, Webinar

Technology Webinar 

Details: Think your office is efficient? This one-hour webinar will show you how SharePoint and Microsoft Office 365 can help an organization save money and time on repetitive tasks through their powerful tracking and automation capabilities. For more, contact Shankar Srinivasan at srigshan@iastate.edu.

 

How to Leverage the Resources at ISU and CIRAS with Tech-Based Collaborations

10/21/2020, Webinar

Technology Webinar 

Details: Iowa State University has a wide variety of programs available to help Iowa companies explore potential innovations in partnership with Iowa State. This 30-minute webinar will explain the resources available through CIRAS and Iowa State University for technology-based collaborations. For more, contact bmuff@iastate.edu.

 

Structural Testing and Analysis for Iowa Manufacturers

10/27/2020, Webinar

Technology Webinar 

Details: This one-hour webinar is designed to explain the tools available to help companies test and analyze products at Iowa State University. Participants will learn about structural testing assistance through the Iowa State Structures Lab, as well as structural analysis by conducting finite element analysis (FEA) simulations at CIRAS. We'll introduce you to what's available and how your company could access it. For more, contact John Roberts at jarobert@iastate.edu.

 

Virtual Plastics & Polymer Lab Tour

10/29/2020, Webinar

Technology Webinar 

Details: This one-hour webinar will highlight the types of assistance available to Iowa manufacturers through Iowa State University's Polymer and Food Protection Consortium. We'll show you what tools are available in terms of fundamental and applied research to help your company diagnose problems or explore new alternatives. For more, contact Mitch Michel at mmmichel@iastate.edu.

 

 

November 2020


CIRAS Digital Manufacturing Lab Powered by Alliant Energy - Lab Tour

11/5/2020, Ames

Productivity Technology Webinar 

Details: CIRAS is hosting a virtual tour of the Digital Manufacturing Lab Powered by Alliant Energy. The CIRAS team is working on the details and will share that soon. For questions contact Abhay Grover at agrover@iastate.edu

 

Jump Start Your Journey Towards Industry 4.0

11/12/2020, Webinar

Technology Webinar 

Details: Industry 4.0 is a term that describes the next phase of modern manufacturing – a world where factories have the ability to generate massive amounts of data and quickly analyze it to improve their processes. This is a world with powerful benefits. But how do you know where to start? This 90-minute webinar is designed to help Iowa manufacturers understand what they need to know and how they should react. This workshop will help you assess your readiness and develop a plan. For more information, contact Andrew Friend at afriend@iastate.edu.

 

Successful Food Product Development - 3 session short course

11/30/2020 - 12/4/2020, Webinar

Growth Leadership Technology Webinar 

Details: Iowans increasingly want to eat local foods. But bringing those products to market safely requires special knowledge about ingredients functionality, food safety, and scientific product development methods. Where do you start? This three-session webinar is part of an eight-hour course blended with in-person instruction, is designed to help Iowa food companies learn what's necessary to take a new food product to market successfully. For more, contact Brenda Martin at bkmartin@iastate.edu.