MākuSafe Showcased in CIRAS’ New Digital Manufacturing Lab

October 28, 2020

Launched in September 2019, by CIRAS, The Digital Manufacturing Lab is intended to be a place where Iowa manufacturers can experiment with cutting-edge technologies in a risk-free environment. The goal is to educate Iowa businesses about emerging technologies such as collaborative robots, 3D scanners, and advanced vision systems and to help them explore how automation could improve their companies and processes.

The Digital Manufacturing Lab will serve as a flex space for Iowa manufacturers, allowing them to test new technologies to see how they work before implementing them within their companies. By including MākuSafe’s technology in the lab, manufacturers can test and see how the wearable device collects environmental and motion data and then watch as it is translated into real-time actionable insights in the MākuSmart dashboard. They can see first-hand how the workforce wearable could impact the safety of their workers and reduce loss of productivity due to worker injuries.

Open house/ribbon cutting for CIRAS and Digital Manufacturing Lab, where companies can come test robots, etc., to see what will work for their businesses. (Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University)

“We have two main objectives for our Digital Manufacturing Lab – to help companies gain awareness of advanced technologies and reduce the risk of adoption,” said Chris Hill, director of the CIRAS Technology Assistance Program. “The MākuSafe system is a great example of Industry 4.0 technology innovation taking place here in Iowa and the value it can provide to Iowa companies.”

The lab is made possible by generous support from Alliant Energy and the IEDA.

Check out more information on the Digital Manufacturing Lab here:

CIRAS Industry 4.0
Grand Opening: Digital Manufacturing Lab powered by Alliant Energy
Tours of Digital Manufacturing Lab Offer Peek at Possibilities