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 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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March 10, 2020

Operation Tech TransferThe National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is a world-class research organization. We have phenomenal scientists and engineers with impeccable research credentials.

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March 3, 2020

20 Cybersecurity Statistics Manufacturers Can’t IgnoreCybersecurity threats are a huge business risk for all companies. Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) — including manufacturers — are especially vulnerable to attacks.

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February 7, 2020

Preparing for a New Decade of U.S. ManufacturingEach new year brings about a period of reflection, where one can think back on the path that the previous year took us on. The coming year represents an even larger opportunity for reflection as the world enters a new decade.

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