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Finding the Scorecard Metrics that Matter to Your Business

Posted by Impact Dakota on Apr 13, 2018 12:18:25 PM

Eric will be presenting at the Impacting Manufacturing Conference, April 18-19, 2018, at the Radisson Hotel Bismarck. For more information, please visit www.impactdakota.com/conference18

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Smart Manufacturing Through a Lean Transformation Process

Posted by Impact Dakota on Apr 5, 2018 1:26:00 PM


As a small and medium-sized manufacturer (SMM), can you reasonably begin to adopt smart technologies through a lean transformation approach as part of your continuous improvement journey?

Smart manufacturing, in simple terms, is connecting a manufacturer’s information technology and operational technology across their total value chain, both inside and outside the company.

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Preparing for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

Posted by Mark Volesky on Apr 2, 2018 11:24:00 AM

Mark will be presenting at the Impacting Manufacturing Conference, April 18-19, 2018, at the Radisson Hotel Bismarck. For more information, please visit www.impactdakota.com/conference18.

As Heraclitus said, change is the only thing constant in life.  In the context of manufacturing it seems that there is almost a prescribed course—a road map with regularly spaced forks, one always leading to growth and prosperity, the other to, well, you’re still here so your decisions have taken your company down the right roads, so far.

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Production Planning and Scheduling Challenges and Improvement Opportunities

Posted by Reza Maleki on Mar 29, 2018 1:07:00 PM

Reza will be presenting at the Impacting Manufacturing Conference, April 18-19, 2018, at the Radisson Hotel Bismarck. For more information, please visit www.impactdakota.com/conference18.

The two extreme end of production systems are low-mix/high-volume production and High-mix/low-volume. When compared to low-volume, scheduling in high-volume is relatively simple - establishing a sufficient rate of output to meet forecasts. On the other hand scheduling in low-volume tend to be complex and concerned with trade-off between inventory, capacity, and customer service.

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Lean Process & Lean Building Blocks

Posted by Reza Maleki on Mar 28, 2018 10:26:00 AM

 

Reza will be presenting at the Impacting Manufacturing Conference, April 18-19, 2018, at the Radisson Hotel Bismarck. For more information, please visit www.impactdakota.com/conference18.

by Reza Maleki

Want to improve your processes with little or no investment, use a lean approach which simply means creating more value through identification and elimination of wastes and hence more effective use of resources. So the question becomes how to start and sustain our lean journey with the goal of improving our processes.

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Don’t Push Me Out of the Door: How to Recruit and Retain a Diverse Workforce

Posted by Impact Dakota on Mar 26, 2018 10:28:09 AM

Kostas will be presenting at the Impacting Manufacturing Conference, April 18-19, 2018, at the Radisson Hotel Bismarck. For more information, please visit www.impactdakota.com/conference18.

 

It was during my first week in America, when I asked someone where the nearest garage (gas station) was; I went to Subway and asked for biscuits instead of cookies; I asked my barber to trim my sideboards (sideburns); I placed my first trunk call (long distance call), and I purchased my first Polo jumper (sweater).

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The Future of Automation - What will it look like for Manufacturing?

Posted by Impact Dakota on Mar 22, 2018 3:59:43 PM

What will the future of automation look like for manufacturing? Whether you’re a small, medium, or large operation, the continued shortage in the workforce and increased global competition will force you to strategically think and streamline the standard ways of doing business.

In the following, the Forbes Technology Council challenges all of us to what the future of manufacturing automation could look like. 

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American Inventions Made (AIM) Onshore Prize Competition

Posted by Impact Dakota on Mar 15, 2018 10:10:28 AM

American scientists and engineers invent transformative energy technologies every day, but these innovators often do not have manufacturing expertise – or know where to find it. The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) American Inventions Made Onshore (AIM Onshore) prize competition is seeking creative, specific, and innovative proposals from intermediary organizations – accelerators, incubators, universities, and others – to deliver DOE’s Build4Scale manufacturing fundamentals training to energy technology innovators, and help them forge partnerships with domestic manufacturers. Successful proposals must include a sustainable revenue model to ensure the initiative is viable past the point of government funding.

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Impact Dakota to host Impacting Manufacturing, April 18-19 in Bismarck

Posted by Impact Dakota on Mar 14, 2018 3:43:29 PM

Impacting Manufacturing Conference will be April 18-19, at the Radisson Hotel Bismarck. Register Today! 

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Evaluating the Impact of Manufacturing Extension Services on Establishment Performance

Posted by Impact Dakota on Mar 9, 2018 2:54:11 PM

Abstract
This study examines the effects of receipt of business assistance services from the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) on manufacturing establishment performance. The results generally indicate that MEP services have had positive and
significant impacts on establishment productivity and sales per worker for the 2002 to 2007 period with some exceptions based on employment size, industry, and type of service provided. MEP services have also increased the probability of establishment survival for the 1997 to 2007 period. Regardless of econometric model specification, MEP clients with 1 to 19 employees have statistically significant and higher levels of labor productivity growth. The authors also observed significant productivity differences associated with MEP services by broad sector, with higher impacts over the 2002 to 2007 period in the durable goods manufacturing sector. The study further finds that establishments receiving MEP assistance are more likely to survive than those that do not receive MEP assistance.

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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.   

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