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.

April 14, 2020

Evaluating Food Processing Plant Water Use Leads to Increased ROIJTM 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).

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March 10, 2020

Operation Tech TransferThe National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is a world-class research organization. We have phenomenal scientists and engineers with impeccable research credentials.

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March 3, 2020

20 Cybersecurity Statistics Manufacturers Can’t IgnoreCybersecurity threats are a huge business risk for all companies. Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) — including manufacturers — are especially vulnerable to attacks.

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February 7, 2020

Preparing for a New Decade of U.S. ManufacturingEach new year brings about a period of reflection, where one can think back on the path that the previous year took us on. The coming year represents an even larger opportunity for reflection as the world enters a new decade.

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January 31, 2020

The Manufacturing Landscape: Looking Back and Looking ForwardI find that every so often it is good to step back and think about the current state of manufacturing in the broadest sense. We all see bits and pieces as part of our daily work with manufacturers across the country and from reading the news, but sometimes it can be difficult to put all those puzzle pieces into the whole.

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January 23, 2020

ExporTech 2020Impact Dakota, Import/Export IQ, LLC, and the ND Trade Office, along with the support from a number of planning partners and sponsors, will be holding ExporTech beginning in March.

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January 17, 2020

So Your Manufacturing Day Inspired Students...How Do You Keep the Momentum Going?Last year’s Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) was an enormous success for U.S. manufacturers looking to engage the next generation of manufacturers. But how can you ensure the spark you kindled in the next generation finds fuel?

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January 9, 2020

Part-Design Possibilities Enabled by Additive ManufacturingInnovative manufacturers are starting to use additive manufacturing (AM) to support a strategic approach to product design. This means specifying performance parameters and employing AM to support optimal design, part geometry and material selection, opening new doors to what’s possible. Learn more about this approach to part design with this account from senior design engineer Dave Pierson of MAGNET, part of the MEP National Network™.

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December 23, 2019

Stocking Stuffer Surprises That Are Made in U.S.A.Big holiday surprises do come in small packages, like quality gifts that fit easily into a stocking. Forget those generic ties for Dad or socks for Mom; well-crafted gifts created by American manufacturers can bring a smile to even the “Grinchiest” family member or friend.

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December 19, 2019

5 Ways to Embrace Industry 4.0While many companies are pursuing Industry 4.0 projects, not everyone is scaling their efforts to the point where they can begin realizing the business advantages promised by these new technologies. Here are five principles you can use to embrace Industry 4.0 and start reaping the rewards these technologies promise — no matter what size your company.

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