• Iowa Manufacturing Companies Invited to Apply for Industry 4.0 Funding

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    October 12, 2021

    The Manufacturing 4.0 Technology Investment Program provides grants that assist small- and mid-sized enterprises with the adoption and integration of smart technologies into existing operations in the state. Two types of grants are offered through this program:

    Manufacturing Innovation Equipment Grants- Up to $50,000 grants aimed at helping manufacturers increase productivity, efficiency and competitiveness. Eligible projects include:

    · Machinery acquisition, such as a 3D printer

    · Specialized equipment for automation, such as collaborative robotics

    · Advanced and autonomous robotics

    · Equipment for process improvements

    Manufacturing Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Infrastructure Investment Grants- Up to $25,000 for the purchase of specialized hardware or software in the Industry 4.0 technology groups. Eligible projects include:

    · IIoT infrastructure hardware, such as enhanced server equipment to enable more cloud computing

    · Cybersecurity software

    · Predictive maintenance software

    · Sensor integration into industrial tools and shop floor machinery to determine wear or flaws

    · Industrial wearable technology integration to prevent injury

    · Data analytics software/engineering

    · Data visualization software

    · Augmented reality equipment

    · Sensor-driven transmission of real-time information from factory-floor to customers or suppliers

    · Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tagging software and equipment to track inventory

    Qualification Criteria

    · Manufacturers with 3-75 full-time employees

    · A Minimum of 51% of applicants revenue must be derived from the sale of manufactured goods

    · Applicants must have been in operation for at least three years

    · Iowa manufactures with NAICS codes 31-33


    Companies can apply for a combined amount of $75,000 between the two grants over the lifetime of the business and a 1:1 match is required for each grant submitted. Prior to applying, an Industry 4.0 assessment provided by the Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) will be required and must be submitted with the application. The application window is open on a continuous basis until funds are depleted.

    Jeff White, CIRAS Account Manager, Southeast Iowa stated “The assessment process can be of real value to those manufacturing companies looking to better identify areas of opportunity as they face a wave of technology that creates significant uncertainty in how to run your business. This would apply to all companies, regardless of grant eligibility.”. For more information about CIRAS and the assessment process, please contact Jeff White at jwhite5@iastate.edu

    Paula Arends, Eastern Iowa’s Director for Continuing Education and Professional Development stated “EICC looks forward to working with area manufacturers to help them benefit from Manufacturing 4.0 support and resources. This is a large-scale statewide effort that can really have a huge impact on how we manufacture in Iowa.” Eastern Iowa Community Colleges provides training and professional development to area business and industry, and supports training through workforce training funding. For more information about these resources, contact Cheryl Riley-Hayles at criley-hayles@eicc.edu.

    For more information on Manufacturing 4.0, go to https://www.iowamfg.com.


    Paula Arends, Dir. of Continuing Education & Professional Development
    parends@eicc.edu, 563.336.3357