Impact Dakota Blog

Hoorah for Made in America Week!

Posted by Impact Dakota on Jul 19, 2017 11:36:54 AM


GE recently released a great TV commercial to jumpstart an effort to employ 20,000 women in STEM roles by 2020 that asks, “What if we treated female scientists the way we treated famous actors, TV personalities and models?” I really love this ad because it shows the first woman to receive the National Medal for Science in Engineering, Millie Dresselhaus, getting full celebrity treatment including selfie requests, an emoji likeness, and an overflow crowd at a lecture.

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The Importance of Strategic Planning (Part 2 of 2): Business Continuity Planning

Posted by Mark Volesky on Jul 13, 2017 10:26:00 AM

While we always hope for the best, we also must be prepared for all situations. In this second part series about strategic planning, we’re discussing Business Continuity Planning. 

Areas all across the U.S. have experienced major disasters, from SuperStorm Sandy on the east coast to Hurricane Katrina near New Orleans, to the tornadoes in Joplin, MI.  All of these natural disasters were devastating, costing businesses millions. Of course, when a disaster strikes, our top priority is always the safety of people.

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Topics: Strategic Planning

The Importance of Strategic Planning (Part 1 of 2): Succession Planning

Posted by Mark Volesky on Jul 6, 2017 10:09:59 AM

Strategic and business planning is critical for manufacturers. Sometimes, companies are reluctant to engage in planning because they view it as an interruption to every-day productivity. It can seem challenging to justify investing time into planning while your products need to be made, but strategic planning is instrumental in saving your organization time and money in the long-term. 

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Topics: Succession Planning, Strategic Planning

How a Lean Enterprise Certification Program (LECP) Can Help Your Manufacturing Company

Posted by Impact Dakota on Jun 29, 2017 2:54:55 PM

Lean manufacturing, also known as lean production (or simply as "lean"), is the systematic method that eliminates various types of waste in a manufacturing process. Lean takes into account waste created through overburden and unevenness in production workloads. Lean reveals what processes or components add value and which processes do not add value. This is done by reducing or eliminating everything else in the process to find the most efficient work path. Value is defined from the customer’s perspective and is very intuitive.

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Topics: Lean Enterprise Certification Program (LECP)

Things That Make Me Wannacry

Posted by Impact Dakota on Jun 22, 2017 10:17:00 AM


This article originally appeared on the NIST Taking Measure blog.

I’m a bit emotional these days. My youngest—my baby—just graduated from high school. It’s the end of an era for our family: The years of homework, packing lunches, attending sporting events, and endless nagging to study for exams are finally over. It’s a bittersweet time as a mom.

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Tucking in to NIST's '3D Printer' Testbed

Posted by Impact Dakota on Jun 15, 2017 10:17:00 AM

3D printing of metal objects is a booming industry, with the market for products and services worth more than an estimated $2.3 billion in 2015 – a nearly five-fold growth since 2010.* For this type of manufacturing, a metal part is built up successively, layer by layer, over minutes or hours. Sometimes thousands of layers are added together to make a single piece – a reason why this process is conventionally referred to as “additive manufacturing” (AM).**

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How to Start Planning Your Manufacturing Day Event

Posted by Impact Dakota on Jun 8, 2017 10:26:00 AM

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Requirements of interested parties: how to implement and make it work for your business

Posted by Impact Dakota on Jun 1, 2017 10:24:00 AM

by Julia Khayde

hapter 4 Context of the organization of ISO 9001:2015 includes the requirement to understand the needs and expectations of interested parties. Section 4.2 states simple requirements to identify interested parties relevant to the quality management system, determine the partiesneeds, and review this information on a regular basis. The implementation of this practice is straightforward.

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Manufacturing Views from the Summit

Posted by Impact Dakota on May 31, 2017 2:30:19 PM

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Four More Marketing Action Items for Manufacturers

Posted by Impact Dakota on May 24, 2017 10:11:57 AM

Are you frustrated with the number of leads in your pipeline? Are you unsatisfied with the lack of brand awareness for your organization? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, you have opportunities to leverage your marketing efforts.

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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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