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CIRAS eNews - May 2022

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The Powertrain Supply Chain is Transforming.

Are you ready? 

We’re at a rare inflection point that will change the landscape of American manufacturing over the next 50 years: the transition from internal combustion engines to electrified motors in vehicles. As the automotive industry transforms, very few hardware manufacturers will be unaffected. 
The significant impact for Iowa will occur when heavy-duty on-road vehicles and nonroad heavy equipment such as construction and agriculture machinery transition portions of their power generation to electric. Many heavy equipment applications are unlikely to transition to electrified motors. However, there are many applications where battery-operated equipment can create performance advantages, especially when coupled with driverless technology. These changes will have moderate to significant impacts on Iowa manufacturers providing parts and products into these supply chains.
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NEW Cyber Threat Hacking Industrial Control Systems: Take Action Today to Protect Your Business

A new cybersecurity risk with direct impacts on most manufacturers has recently been discovered. The Department of Energy (DOE), the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the National Security Agency (NSA), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released a joint Cybersecurity Advisory (CSA) on Wednesday. The CSA warns that specific advanced persistent threat (APT) actors have exhibited the capability to gain complete system access to multiple industrial control system (ICS)/supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) devices.
The affected devices often serve as the interface between traditional computers and control systems such as PLCs, actuators, and sensors in industrial equipment and manufacturing operations. 
Follow the button below to find the action items CIRAS recommends manufacturers take today and information on our upcoming information security workshop.
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Upcoming Conferences, Trainings & Workshops

The Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) seeks to make Iowa better by educating its businesses about the latest research-proven methods and best practices of industry. Here are just a few of the ways we plan to do that in the coming month. View full event list.

GovCon 101 

May 3rd, 10:30 AM | Virtual 

Preparing a Winning Proposal 

May 10th, 9:00 AM | Virtual 

CIRAS Digital Lab Tour 

May 12th, 1:00 PM | Ames 

Ivy Sales Innovation Summit

May 17th, 9:00 AM | Ames

Human Resource Series: Where Are Our Workers

May 18th, 12:00 PM | Virtual 

ILC Meaningful Metrics Panel Discussion

May 19th, 1:30 PM | Ames

ILC May Lean Learning Hour 

May 20th, 9:00 AM | Virtual
Building a Resilient Supply Chain
May 25th, 8:30 AM | Virtual
Information Security Workshop: Secure Your Business
June 1st, 9:00 AM | Ames or Virtual

ISU Supplier Orientation

June 7th, 10:00 AM | Virtual 


Industry Iowa a CIRAS Podcast
Industry Iowa is a CIRAS podcast to help Iowa businesses and communities prosper and grow. 
In case you missed it: Join host Steve Wilson on the April episode of the Industry Iowa podcast as Mike O’Donnell, shares some of the highlights of the recently released Iowa Manufacturing Needs Assessment Report. 
Upcoming Episode May 6th: Steve interviews Mitch Matthews, keynote speaker for the upcoming Ivy Sales Innovation Summit hosted by CIRAS and the Ivy College of Business on May 17th in Ames.  
Listen to all the episodes of Industry Iowa here.
ILC Annual Conference Call for Presenters 
The Iowa Lean Consortium (ILC) is seeking presenters for breakout sessions for the 2022 Annual ILC Conference, which will be held Tuesday, October 25, in Des Moines. The ILC Annual Conference draws hundreds of continuous improvement practitioners and teams from all sectors of our economy.
Breakout sessions are 60 minutes long, consisting of 50 minutes of presentation and 10 min Q&A. Presentations will be live-streamed to the virtual audience for this hybrid conference. The deadline for submissions is June 1. 
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Innovation at Work: Strengthening Iowa Communities
Innovation At Work is a series of stories, photos, videos and audio highlighting the new approaches Iowa State University is taking to big challenges that affect Iowa’s communities and landscape.
To learn more about the impact CIRAS and its partners have had on Iowa companies, view the series here.

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