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.

August 20, 2019

Digital Manufacturing for Small ManufacturersSmart Manufacturing. Factory of the Future. Industry 4.0. These are the buzzwords used by those driving the manufacturing world forward. At the heart of these concepts is digital manufacturing and design (DM&D). But what exactly is DM&D? And what does it mean for the small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) that make up the majority of the industry?

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July 30, 2019

Toyota Kata: A Lean Strategy for Keeping Up with the Pace of ChangeWith the world of manufacturing evolving at a breathtaking pace thanks to developments such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), labor skill gaps, and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Toyota Kata gives smaller manufacturers a lean strategy to help them grow with these developments.

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July 23, 2019

In its heyday, Youngstown was a center of manufacturing and steel production—industries that employed thousands of people and formed the backbone of the community.

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July 17, 2019

4 Ways Robots Deliver ROI to Small and Medium-Sized ManufacturersWith bottom-line benefits such as reduced cycle times, improved employee satisfaction, and fewer customer returns, robots are giving small and medium-sized manufacturers the ability to compete with larger players. Here are four ways robots can deliver ROI to your company.

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July 9, 2019

The National Association of Manufacturers, the industry’s main trade group, plans to unveil a $10 million initiative today that’s aimed at changing public attitudes about its sector to make it seem more modern and to highlight opportunities for upward mobility.

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June 26, 2019

Across the United States, small and medium-sized manufacturers are contemplating integrating industrial robots into their facilities for various reasons, including taking on repetitive tasks and freeing up staff up for higher level work and increasing productivity overall. But how do your ensure that any robot integration project is a success on your terms? Here are four simple suggestions from advanced MEP National Network robotics expert Matt Minner.

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June 18, 2019

Incentives 101If you’ve been sitting on the fence regarding your expansion plans, you may want to dig into the various incentives available to help make those plans pencil out.

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June 4, 2019

The Small Manufacturer’s Value Proposition: The Secret Marketing Ingredient to Outshine Larger CompetitorsIt takes more than a flashy website and clever promotional emails to compete in the manufacturing marketing arena.

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May 22, 2019

MEP National Network: Cobots Level the Playing FieldIt has been nearly six decades since the first industrial robots rolled on to a General Motors assembly line in Trenton, New Jersey. Today, a new generation of collaborative robots is changing how the manufacturing sector operates.

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May 15, 2019

Why Automation may be saving your jobOver the years, there’s been debate over the concerns of job loss through automation.

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