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.

February 26, 2019

Working and Growing with Collaborative RobotsRobots have been a part of industry longer than you might think. The patent for the first industrial robot, Unimate, was granted in 1961.

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February 13, 2019

5 Manufacturing Technology Trends to Watch in 2019New technologies and innovations continue to create manufacturing jobs.

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February 1, 2019

Truth and Trends in Employee TurnoverThere are a number of factors why people leave their jobs. The top reason may surprise you.

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January 11, 2019

Industrial Revolution 4.0 is here!Industrial Revolution 4.0 is here! Is your manufacturing business ready for the technical challenges and new risks associated with it?

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December 20, 2018

Understanding Manufacturer’s Challenges Entering the New YearUnderstanding the business and economic factors that influence companies helps the Network remain flexible in responding to the problems clients are facing.

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December 19, 2018

NIST Summer Internship Program Makes It Easier for Students to ApplyThe U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has made it more straightforward for students to apply to the agency’s prestigious Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program.

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December 14, 2018

As Pentagon Demands Cybersecurity, Industry Group Offers New Standards: AIAAs the DoD prepares to make cyber security a key pillar for what it buys -- and from whom -- a defense and aerospace trade group unveils a new standard that will allow companies, and the government, to see how secure contractors really are.

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December 12, 2018

The Revolution Will Be Driverless: Autonomous Cars Usher In Big ChangesImagine driving alone in your car, but instead of sitting behind the wheel, you're dozing in the backseat as a computer navigates on your behalf. It sounds wild, but former New York City traffic commissioner Sam Schwartz says that scenario isn't so far off the mark.

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December 6, 2018

Will Robots Take Your Job? Don’t Trust Startups and Enterprises to Tell YouWe’ve heard a variety of perspectives on job risk and which jobs are likely to be disrupted, as well as which industries are likely to actually see real job loss in a potentially dangerous way to certain segments of society and where the transition is going to be more gradual.

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November 29, 2018

Thinking About Manufacturing and Its FutureManufacturers throughout the United States are facing a new set of challenges and exciting growth opportunities. Given the manufacturing industry’s important role in providing both direct and indirect jobs, how firms react to these changing conditions is critical not only to the companies themselves, but to our country, our communities, our citizens, and ultimately, our economic and national security.

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