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.

March 28, 2018

Want to improve your processes with little or no investment, use a lean approach which simply means creating more value through identification and elimination of wastes and hence more effective use of resources. So the question becomes how to start and sustain our lean journey with the goal of improving our processes.

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March 26, 2018

It was during my first week in America, when I asked someone where the nearest garage (gas station) was; I went to Subway and asked for biscuits instead of cookies; I asked my barber to trim my sideboards (sideburns); I placed my first trunk call (long distance call), and I purchased my first Polo jumper (sweater).

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March 22, 2018

What will the future of automation look like for manufacturing? Whether you’re a small, medium, or large operation, the continued shortage in the workforce and increased global competition will force you to strategically think and streamline the standard ways of doing business.

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March 15, 2018

Four organizations will be selected for AIM Onshore’s Initial Prize ($150,000 each). After one year, the two best-performing initial prize winners will receive the AIM Onshore Final Prize ($250,000 for first place; $100,000 for second place).

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March 14, 2018

Please join us to learn from expert keynote speakers, pertinent topical workshops and breakout sessions; not to mention great networking! Keynote speakers at the conference include, John Brandt, CEO and founder of The MPI Group; best-selling author Ross Bernstein; and Tony Richards, President/CEO of Impact Dakota.

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March 2, 2018

Just as manufacturing has seen huge benefits from Lean, automation and advanced IT, Artificial Intelligence promises to be the next breakthrough in productivity improvement.

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March 1, 2018

It’s critically important to create successful policy solutions for manufacturing to help this job machine thrive.

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February 28, 2018

A recent survey conducted by a software industrial company indicated that a number of industrial companies are not taking cybersecurity seriously enough. The “Putting Industrial Cyber Security at the Top of the CEO Agenda” survey, that was conducted by Honeywell in collaboration with LNS Research, included responses from 130 strategic decision makers from industrial companies across North America, Europe, and other parts of the globe.

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February 27, 2018

Over 45 percent of the manufacturing companies that the MEP National NetworkTM serves identify product development as one of their top three challenges over the next three to five years, while many say financing is also an issue. One product development funding source to consider is the federal Small Business Innovation Research (link is external) (SBIR) program. (Another option is SBIR’s sister program, the Small Business Technology Transfer (link is external) program (STTR), which requires participation with a non-profit research institution.)

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