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.
In September 2019, to enhance the food manufacturing community’s understanding of how to respond to FSMA, the FDA Office of Partnerships, Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate and coordinate on the outreach and dissemination of safe food manufacturing practices as well as training for small and medium-sized food manufacturers.
How 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.
When most people think of lean processes, the prevailing attitude is that the goal is to optimize things in a step-by-step approach.
Nobody 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.
JTM 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).
Cybersecurity threats are a huge business risk for all companies. Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) — including manufacturers — are especially vulnerable to attacks.