Collaboration and partnership with Iowa's resource providers is imperative to overcoming the hurdles that manufacturers might face, including technology implementation, integration planning, digital workforce skills training and interoperability requirements.
- Iowa's Community Colleges - Iowa's 15 community colleges represent an important state and regional asset in education and applied workforce training. They play a key role in working with local manufacturers to translate their direct workforce needs into training courses and degree programs through two delivery streams: traditional classroom instruction and customized on-site training.
- CIRAS (Center for Industrial Research and Service) at ISU - CIRAS works with companies to fashion solutions specific to their individual needs and help them get started with Industry 4.0. They provide education and training, Manufacturing 4.0 assessments, proof-of-concept work, technology implementation assistance and connections to relevant providers.
- UNI Metal Casting Center (MCC) - The Metal Casting Center is a leader in foundry research, applied technology and technical business assistance. It is one of the best equipped and most versatile foundry research centers in the world.
- UNI Additive Manufacturing Center - UNI operates the center on TechWorks Campus to provide services targeted toward demonstration, education and consultation in advanced manufacturing with the capability to use special materials and/or processes that aren't yet commercially available. The center's knowledge, expertise and direct industry outreach specializes in Manufacturing 4.0 technologies that include additive manufacturing, automation and robotics, and process data acquisition for smart manufacturing decisions.
- TechWorks - TechWorks Campus is an advanced manufacturing, research and development, innovation, and education center. It is aligned with regional industry-academic collaborations to provide skilled training in applied advanced manufacturing. The campus is home to UNI's Additive Manufacturing Center and Additive Manufacturing Design Lab, Hawkeye Community College's IGNITE Workforce Teaching Lab, the Cedar Valley Makerspace, the Supplier Integration Lab, and Productive Resources, an engineering services firm.
- Quad Cities Manufacturing Hub - The Quad Cities created a Department of Defense (DOD) supply chain database to facilitate sourcing; technology playbooks to use as a teaching tool and share the emerging technologies that will transform the industry; and a DOD supply chain mapping tool to help businesses identify government contracting opportunities.