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.

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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August 14, 2020

Why a Food Safety Culture Is Good Business for Food ManufacturersWhen looked at holistically, food manufacturers are discovering that implementing the culture of food safety makes good business sense.

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July 31, 2020

How Automation and AI May Help Level the Playing Field for Women in ManufacturingWomen make up about 29 percent of the manufacturing workforce despite filling 47 percent of the positions in the overall workforce, according to the Manufacturing Institute.

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July 27, 2020

High-Mix/Low-Volume Manufacturers Are a Sweet Spot for Collaborative RobotsCollaborative robots, commonly referred to as “cobots,” can execute tasks with minimal programming and adapt to variations in part position and size.

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July 14, 2020

Industrial XR: Fulfilling Human Potential in Smart FactoriesStep into the factory of the future. This factory might be hard to imagine, but each technology already exists.

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June 29, 2020

Why Manufacturers Need Grants, But Don’t Pursue ThemOpportunities exist for manufacturers to either save large amounts of money or to get grants and incentives for equipment purchases, training or facilities expansion.

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