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.
Collaborative robots, commonly referred to as “cobots,” can execute tasks with minimal programming and adapt to variations in part position and size.
Step into the factory of the future. This factory might be hard to imagine, but each technology already exists.
Opportunities exist for manufacturers to either save large amounts of money or to get grants and incentives for equipment purchases, training or facilities expansion.
In September 2019, to enhance the food manufacturing community’s understanding of how to respond to FSMA, the FDA Office of Partnerships, Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate and coordinate on the outreach and dissemination of safe food manufacturing practices as well as training for small and medium-sized food manufacturers.
How can small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) gain insights into new technologies to incorporate into their businesses? Develop new applications of existing products? Resolve longstanding issues in production or resolve quality assurance issues in product evaluation? They need MATTR, the MEP-Assisted Technology and Technical Resource.
When most people think of lean processes, the prevailing attitude is that the goal is to optimize things in a step-by-step approach.