M-WERC's actions in Technology Innovation speak louder than words

At M-WERC we talk a lot about using science and technology driven innovation to power Wisconsin’s economy – but for us it’s more than just rhetoric. We want our actions to speak louder than our words. We are driving change and our members are seeing results.

At the highest level, what we’re doing – not talking about but actually doing – at M-WERC is bringing together the world’s best researchers located right here in Wisconsin’s academic institutions with the world’s best researchers located right here in Wisconsin’s best companies.

As a consortium of nearly 100 members we’re leveraging the great strengths that already exist in Wisconsin to help these companies.

The latest example is the work M-WERC is doing with Briggs & Stratton to revolutionize the aluminum die casting industry in Wisconsin.

While working with engineers at Briggs we’ve been able to leverage a broader resource base of engineers to come up with a better way for them to do aluminum die casting. The outcomes are real. We’ve improved the process, increased productivity, and managed to help the company make more money.

The milestone reached in this project is best described as the completion of phase one of M-WERC’s new type of technology innovation.

M-WERC members asked for research with a greater sustained value so we’ve developed this new public-private research partnership model. This model has identified a three- to five-year research horizon with several coordinated research projects that will help M-WERC and its members realize more impactful research results that support their business objectives.

“We recognize Briggs & Stratton’s leadership for being the pilot for this new public-private partnership model,” said Dan Ebert, M-WERC Executive Director. “We’re pleased that we’ve been able to demonstrate real value and we’re moving on to Phase.”

If you’re involved or interested in aluminum die casting, we’d love to tell you more about this project. We’re also open to discussions about manufacturing and engineering challenges that we might be able to address.


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