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Challenges & Opportunities Ahead

Digitization, rising production costs, worker shortages, and supply chain issues are common manufacturing concerns. The foundry and the metal casting industries are no exception to this list of issues. Foundries across the nation are under constant pressure to improve their processes and overcome these challenges. Utilizing and incorporating new technologies and automation can move foundry work into a more profitable and sustainable future!

The obvious solution to the never-ending issues is to incorporate Industry 4.0 technologies into foundries everywhere.

FOUNDRY 4.0, Shaping the Future of an Industry!


The Partnership Initiative that is Shaping the Future

The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), acknowledge the situation and recognize the challenges and obstacles. By joining forces with two universities, the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) and Youngstown State University (YSU), foundries will be able to increase the adoption of Industry 4.0. Our measures determine how an intelligent factory fits into core operations, finance, sales, and marketing by utilizing research, commercialization, and new workforce training solutions. We aim to provide nationwide foundries with a competitive lead in technology while optimizing productivity, output, and product quality, catapulting American-based foundries forward.

These technological innovations create opportunities that help build a dynamic digital ecosystem. Several notable advantages are cost reduction, shortened deadlines, and deploy excellence in quality and customer satisfaction for generations to come. 

For details and information about his project, download our flyer!

TAKINGfoundries TO THE next level!


UNI BCS – Revolutionizing Metal Casting

Two key institutions at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) under the Business & Community Services (BCS) umbrella play a significant role in the Industry 4.0 Foundry Partnership. The Center for Business Growth & Innovation (CBGI) and the Metal Casting and the Foundry 4.0 Centers. Together, they give foundries the competitive lead needed to push technology, productivity, and quality forward.


UNI Foundry 4.0 & the UNI Metal Casting Centers
The UNI MCC located on campus is a nationally recognized leader in foundry research, applied technology, and technical business assistance. For more than 30 years, the MCC has changed the metal casting industry by linking university-grade analysis, resources, and students to businesses and foundries in the private sector.


Center for Business Growth & Innovation (CBGI)
CBGI works to increase successful and sustainable adoptions of Industry 4.0, connecting foundries across the country to the most innovative practices. The experts strive to research, analyze and develop strategies for commercialization and to create successful training solutions that impact a business and its workforce.

Fitting Industry 4.0 factory elements into core business operations, such as finance, sales, and supply chains, will be essential to achieving measurable growth. Both UNI Centers enable foundries to optimize manufacturing processes while incorporating Industry 4.0 technologies. These improvements contribute to the sustainability and resiliency of the casting industrial supply chain by:

    • Improving worker safety with the automation of repetitive and potentially dangerous tasks
    • Providing advanced technology to expand production capabilities
    • Providing timely process information through IoT
    • Decreasing the time required to produce cast parts
    • Increasing speed and efficiency of casting production  
Brian Schmidt

Youngstown State University

Youngstown State University has a long history of assisting companies within the foundry industry and its supply chain to modernize and improve their operations.  


YSU Excellence Training Center (ETC)

The Excellence Training Center at YSU provides advanced manufacturing education, workforce training, and research that utilizes state-of-the-art equipment including an operational foundry and robotics to accelerate the adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies. Offered are unique in-demand workforce programs, a research center for advanced manufacturing along with assistance incorporating innovation into the workplace. 

Students, including foundry owners and their employees, receive advanced instruction in CNC machining, industrial maintenance, robotics, automation, and additive manufacturing.


The YSU Division of Workforce Education and Innovation Center brings together the strategic and operational alignment of the YSU Excellence Training Center, the online Skills Accelerator, with its strategic workforce programs.  Together their mission is to bridge the skills and opportunity gap by creating alternative learning pathways and preparing the current and future workforce for rapidly evolving skills and industries.


Please note: This project is sponsored by the Defense Logistics Agency Information Operations, J68, Research & Development, Ft. Belvoir, VA, and the DLA Troop Support, Philadelphia, PA.

FOUNDRY 4.0 Initiative




2023 is packed with exciting events, workshops, and networking opportunities
for FOUNDRIES considering or interested in Industry 4.0 across the nation!  

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