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Abhay Grover

Abhay Grover ISU CIRAS

BUCHANAN COUNTY – The Buchanan County Economic Development Commission’s (BCEDC) next Lunch and Learn webinar is focused on industry and possibilities of the future available now!

On Thursday, September 24, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., presenter Abhay Grover of Iowa State University’s (ISU) Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) will provide the ins and outs of how autonomous vehicles are becoming more popular in manufacturing in Iowa and ways they are being used to make industries more efficient and competitive.

According to Grover, “To stay competitive, modern manufacturers have to streamline costs and keep their workers focused on the most important tasks. What if you could divert some of your factory’s more mundane duties, such as moving material inside a factory, to a cart that worked on its own?”

This one-hour webinar, “Autonomous Guided Vehicles in Manufacturing,” is designed to give companies a broad overview of MIR autonomous vehicles. Experts will explain the basics of what autonomous vehicles can do, what their limitations are, and how they can be used to free up employees for more valuable work.

Grover explains, “We’ll discuss the machines’ technical specifications and describe how other companies have used them successfully to save time and become more efficient.”

To join the September 24 webinar, go to and register for this free event. Closer to the date, an email with the link to the webinar will be sent to you.

If there is a specific topic you feel would be beneficial to your business or industry, or if you have any questions, please feel free to share it with BCEDC Director Lisa Kremer at or call 319-334-7497.

These webinars area collaborative effort of CIRAS and BCEDC.