Aug. 15, 2003
Iowa industry's 'Scotland Yard'
by Debra Gibson
They cracked The Case of the
They've also tested traffic signals for wind endurance, verified durability
of brass handles for a storm door manufacturer, designed plastic storage
containers for super-jumbo eggs and rewired artificial camouflage products
for die-hard hunters.
"They" are the ISU scientists who have come to the rescue of Iowa companies
with materials dilemmas. Those services, now part of IPRT (Institute for
Physical Research and Technology) Company Assistance, previously were
offered by IPRT's Iowa Companies Assistance Program.
Iowa companies call upon IPRT scientists to solve production problems that
may involve analyzing chemical compositions, identifying and classifying
manufacturing defects, fabricating advanced materials or finding antidotes
to such breakdowns as corrosion (hence the chewed-up chimney).
Helping these businesses redesign or refine their manufacturing processes
translates into dollars saved, or perhaps the promise of more dollars
earned. For instance, ISU scientists helped one Iowa company salvage a
$300,000 business deal (and three or four jobs) with their quick
intervention on some faulty fuel lines. Yet another company's construction
supplies, once tested
and refined by an ISU researcher, are predicted to gross $5 to $10 million
in sales annually.
Iowa State University is good for business.
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