January 2018

Get LEAN in 2018!
Now taking commitments for sessions in Bismarck; beginning February 27th

Impact Dakota is starting a new round of the Lean Enterprise Certification Program (LECP) and we are currently taking commitments.

Lean Certification is an evolutionary journey where your knowledge and experience work together to create a depth of expertise upon which you can keep building. It weaves innovative ways of thinking and doing business with real-world applications and results. Lean Certification not only helps you attain the knowledge, it validates it. It is the only nationally recognized Lean Certification program; using standards developed and judged by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), in partnership with Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME), and the Shingo Institute.

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Grow Your Business with ExporTech 2018 

Impact Dakota is now accepting registrations for the 2018  ExporTech™ Program beginning in February.

95% of the world's customers live outside the U.S. If you aren't exporting, you're missing out on potential business! The ExporTech™ program helps companies enter or expand in global markets. The program assists participating companies in developing an international growth plan, provides experts who will vet their plans, and connects the companies with organizations like yours that will help them move quickly beyond planning to actual export sales.

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PCQI Food Safety Course Filling Up — Register Now!

March 27-29 • Bismarck

One of the most significant new rules is the Preventive Controls for Human Food rule. This rule states that every human food manufacturer, except for the very smallest who will have modified requirements, must have somebody on staff who has completed a Preventive Controls for Human Food class.

This is a three-day class that can only be taught by certified Preventive Controls Lead Trainers. Successful completion of the class certifies the graduate as a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI). Only a PCQI can prepare the REQUIRED facility Food Safety Plan and provide ongoing verification of the Plan. PCQI training requires a background in and/or significant knowledge of food safety for the attendees. This rule of the FSMA can be found here.


Manufacturing the future: The next era of global growth and innovation

As the calendar turns to 2018, many manufacturers around the globe look to, and anticipate, the new realities of the future.  I hope you enjoy the following article as it provides insights into what we should be studying regarding growth and innovation on a global perspective.  Happy New Year! 
— Tony Richards, CEO/President, Impact Dakota

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How Amazon is Changing American Manufacturing

It's no secret that Amazon is changing the way American manufacturing works. But here's more to the issue than just the idea that retail is different. People are buying things online much more today, instead of shopping local. That's changing whether some companies can stay in business, and is a problem especially for smaller stores and shops that cannot compete with Amazon's prices or selection. Looking beyond that, though, to manufacturing, means considering much more than just the retail sector. Here are three important issues to consider when it comes to how How the "Amazon Effect" is Changing the American Manufacturing Industry Forever.

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Recruiting Millennials for Manufacturing Careers

I was at an end of summer family barbeque the other day, and two of my nephews, 16 and 20 years old, were in attendance. As the day progressed, they spent most of the day fixated on their phones, from watching YouTube videos of cats and playing games, to tweeting and instagramming photos.

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Ensuring the Cybersecurity of Manufacturing Systems

Cybersecurity, at this point in the technological age, has become a household word. Every week, almost like clockwork, it seems there is a story on the news about a newly discovered hack or data breach often made possible by poor cybersecurity practices. 

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Small-Business Cybersecurity is Twice as Nice as Pumpkin Spice

I think we’ve taken this pumpkin spice thing too far. Don’t get me wrong, I love fall. That first crisp evening when you need to put on a sweater, the crunch of leaves under your feet, homecoming football games, but pumpkin spice? It’s obvious that the pumpkin spice council’s marketing team has done an outstanding job because it’s in everything now: cookies, chocolate candy, ice cream, oatmeal, pancakes, marshmallows, and now even in a special “limited edition” of my favorite breakfast cereal.

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