Impact Dakota Blog is a blog dedicated to supporting North Dakota’s manufacturing community improve People, Purpose, Processes and Performance. Entries provide information on opportunities, new ideas, quick tips, celebrations of success, and well, frankly, anything to help you become a better manufacturer.

June 29, 2020

Why Manufacturers Need Grants, But Don’t Pursue ThemOpportunities exist for manufacturers to either save large amounts of money or to get grants and incentives for equipment purchases, training or facilities expansion.

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June 15, 2020

Managing ProductivityProductivity remains important to both national economic and business success. Organizational and strategic choices must be made considering all aspects of an organization and how the choices are complementary.

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June 11, 2020

A Partnership to Support a New Era of Smarter Food SafetyIn September 2019, to enhance the food manufacturing community’s understanding of how to respond to FSMA, the FDA Office of Partnerships, Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate and coordinate on the outreach and dissemination of safe food manufacturing practices as well as training for small and medium-sized food manufacturers.

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June 2, 2020

Restart Checklist: Requalifying Your SuppliersWhat are the questions you should be asking?

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May 19, 2020

MATTR: A Timely Resource for ManufacturersHow can small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) gain insights into new technologies to incorporate into their businesses? Develop new applications of existing products? Resolve longstanding issues in production or resolve quality assurance issues in product evaluation? They need MATTR, the MEP-Assisted Technology and Technical Resource.

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May 15, 2020

Preparing for Additional COVID-19 ChallengesAs they reopen, manufacturers must navigate a patchwork of regulations.

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May 6, 2020

Two-Factor AuthenticationWhat Is It and Why You Should Use It

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April 30, 2020

Lean Innovation: What Manufacturers Can Learn From the Tech Sector’s Appropriation of Lean ThinkingWhen most people think of lean processes, the prevailing attitude is that the goal is to optimize things in a step-by-step approach.

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April 22, 2020

When Business is SlowNobody likes business to be slow. If you’re used to your production line working to capacity and suddenly business slows down, it can be a frustrating time. Down-time can actually provide a good opportunity to refocus before driving forward again. You may have a long down-time to-do list, but I want to encourage you to add three simple things that can have big cybersecurity rewards.

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April 14, 2020

Evaluating Food Processing Plant Water Use Leads to Increased ROIJTM needed to find a way to reduce the strength of the wastewater discharged at its facility. JTM partnered with the Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT), part of the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership and the MEP National Network, for a one year project in collaboration with the Dale A. Seiberling Food Engineering Laboratory at The Ohio State University (OSU).

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