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.
Smart Manufacturing. Factory of the Future. Industry 4.0. These are the buzzwords used by those driving the manufacturing world forward. At the heart of these concepts is digital manufacturing and design (DM&D). But what exactly is DM&D? And what does it mean for the small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) that make up the majority of the industry?
With the world of manufacturing evolving at a breathtaking pace thanks to developments such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), labor skill gaps, and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Toyota Kata gives smaller manufacturers a lean strategy to help them grow with these developments.
With bottom-line benefits such as reduced cycle times, improved employee satisfaction, and fewer customer returns, robots are giving small and medium-sized manufacturers the ability to compete with larger players. Here are four ways robots can deliver ROI to your company.
The National Association of Manufacturers, the industry’s main trade group, plans to unveil a $10 million initiative today that’s aimed at changing public attitudes about its sector to make it seem more modern and to highlight opportunities for upward mobility.
Across the United States, small and medium-sized manufacturers are contemplating integrating industrial robots into their facilities for various reasons, including taking on repetitive tasks and freeing up staff up for higher level work and increasing productivity overall. But how do your ensure that any robot integration project is a success on your terms? Here are four simple suggestions from advanced MEP National Network robotics expert Matt Minner.
It takes more than a flashy website and clever promotional emails to compete in the manufacturing marketing arena.
It has been nearly six decades since the first industrial robots rolled on to a General Motors assembly line in Trenton, New Jersey. Today, a new generation of collaborative robots is changing how the manufacturing sector operates.