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, 2018

The Fourth Industrial RevolutionIt's more important than ever to be a manufacturer! Check out this video!

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September 21, 2018

It's Cool to Be a Manufacturing Engineering Major AgainThe number of individuals earning degrees in engineering has increased steadily over the past decade, and those numbers will only continue to grow. In particular, one subdiscipline of engineering is looking ever more appealing to students: manufacturing engineering.

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September 14, 2018

Is AI Delivering For Your Business?Are you wondering how best to apply artificial intelligence (AI) and data-driven analytics to your business?

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September 5, 2018

Manufacturers Increase Efforts to Woo Workers to Rural AreasThey call it the “Not So Heavy Metal” tour. It’s a lighthearted effort by Minnesota-based Alexandria Industries to introduce middle and high school students — as well the general public — to manufacturing.

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August 30, 2018

How to Get Students to Your Manufacturing Day EventEach year, Manufacturing Day gives nearly 300,000 youth and their parents a powerful opportunity to see firsthand how they can create a bright future for themselves and their community through a career in modern manufacturing. Thanks to impactful events held by thousands of manufacturers across the country, those efforts are working.

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August 28, 2018

MEP at 30 — Looking Back at the Four Eras of ManufacturingAugust 23, 2018 represents a milestone in the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Thirty years ago, on this date in 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act (Public Law 100-418). Section 5121 established the Regional Centers for the Transfer of Manufacturing Technology and the Assistance to State Technology Programs, the precursors to today’s MEP.

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August 26, 2018

Dealing with Cyber Attacks–Steps You Need to KnowThis article originally appeared on Guest blog post by Elliot Forsyth, Vice President of Business Operations at the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, part of the MEP National NetworkTM.

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August 23, 2018

Resources You Can Use to Promote Your MFG DAY EventWith only seven weeks to go until October 5 (our target date for this year’s Manufacturing Day), it’s a good time to start developing a plan for how you intend to promote your event to important audiences such as students and parents, local media, and customers.

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August 21, 2018

4 Services That Offer Direct Access to Distributers, Buyers and Market ExpertsSeasoned business owners, international sales managers and export professional know that implementing and executing an effective global strategy is key to gaining market share and increasing revenue overseas. But if your strategy is missing relationship development and management, then you are unlikely to succeed.

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August 15, 2018

Skill shift: Automation and the future of the workforceDemand for technological, social and emotional, and higher cognitive skills will rise by 2030. How will workers and organizations adapt?

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