IPRT Company Assistance helps Iowa companies solve technical problems, create new products, and increase productivity and quality. IPRT’s efforts also lead to the development of new, high-tech companies.
IPRT Company Assistance provides world-class expertise and equipment that helps Iowa manufacturers and entrepreneurs address specific R&D needs. IPRT makes referrals to statewide technical experts and serves as a third-party information source.
IPRT has been assisting Iowa companies — from one-person startups to Fortune 500 corporations — since its founding in 1987.
IPRT Company Assistance provides Iowa manufacturers access to world-class, materials-related research in the Ames Laboratory and Center for Nondestructive Evaluation. No-cost, short-term technical assistance can range from a phone consultation to involved studies. Projects are generally limited in scope to assistance of 40 hours or less.
IPRT’s technical assistance services are provided by two groups:
Materials and process metallurgists answer questions, address problems and provide services
Manufacturers can obtain assistance with issues related to the inspection and measurement of materials and components through IPRT’s world-renowned Center for Nondestructive Evaluation.
Through the IPRT Research Cost-Sharing Program, Iowa companies can collaborate with ISU researchers to leverage R&D for projects in technical problem solving, product development and process improvement.
These funds are provided annually by a special appropriations for the Iowa Industrial Incentive Program (IIP).