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.

November 13, 2020

Manufacturers Share Views on Leadership from the Pandemic Shop FloorManufacturers describe the months since the pandemic started, altered daily life worldwide and threatened normal business operations as a test of leadership. This is the first of a series of conversations we call the “National Conversation with Manufacturers” about how manufacturers have been weathering the pandemic and ensuing economic downturn. This series of 11 virtual listening sessions were geared toward discerning how best to support manufacturers in the current environment of uncertainty and beyond.

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November 3, 2020

Supplier Scouting Provides SolutionsDuring this difficult time, businesses are looking for any opportunity to not only support their bottom line, but to also ramp up production of critically needed items. Enter the MEP National Network™. In FY 2019, the MEP National Network completed projects with 8,900 unique clients and interacted with 28,213 manufacturers, particularly small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs). One of the ways the Network has assisted these SMMs is through Supplier Scouting.

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October 28, 2020

The Future of Connected DevicesThe vision of a connected manufacturing system that can sense, analyze and respond will soon be a reality. As we look to the future of edge computing, connected devices and IoT, cybersecurity plays a crucial and integral role. Learn how to ensure the secure deployment, use, monitoring and maintenance of these new technologies.

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October 23, 2020

Securing Internet-Connected Medical DevicesIoMT represents a more personal aspect of cyber-physical convergence than that seen in other IoT applications — they enter our intimate physical “trust zone.” Because of this, building data privacy, device integrity and cyber resiliency into the design and manufacturing of medical devices and equipment is essential.

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October 20, 2020

Suspicious Minds: Non-Technical Signs Your Business Might Have Been HackedYou don’t need an IT background to keep checks on cybersecurity threats. A good rule of thumb is for employees to report any noticeable changes or anomalies in operations.

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October 1, 2020

Creating a Culture of SecurityEvery manufacturer should hold cybersecurity awareness training for all their staff at least once a year. Many people are spooked by the mere mention of the words “cybersecurity” and “training,” so October seems like an appropriate time for it. Your training should, at a minimum, cover relevant company policies such as your IT security, information security, and physical security.

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September 28, 2020

Manufacturing Day – Its Genesis and EvolutionManufacturing Day has become a nationwide phenomenon when manufacturers open their doors to give a glimpse at what today’s manufacturing really looks like and inspire the next generation of skilled workers. Find out how and when it all started.

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September 22, 2020

NIST Scientists Get Soft on 3D PrintingNew method could jump-start creation of tiny medical devices for the body.

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September 10, 2020

Manufacturers: Pre-Purchase Guide for EquipmentIt can be easy to overlook some aspect of risk involved in a purchase decision when overwhelmed with options. It can be especially difficult to know what to buy when comparing three different products that seem very similar. NIST MEP has created a pre-purchase guide that might help.

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